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Nicolas Krusek is a musician, conductor, speaker and music educator. After completing a degree in composition at UBC, he studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (Czech Republic), where he also worked as an English teacher and translator.
Holder of a Distinguished Toastmaster designation, Krusek has been a master of ceremonies at conferences, weddings and concerts. He has taught music courses for SFU’s Adults 55+ Program (formerly the Seniors Program) and UBC Continuing Studies, and he presents regular lectures on opera at the West Vancouver Memorial Library.
In addition to giving educational talks for Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, he is president of the Opera Club, a popular monthly lecture series.
He has been music director of the Ambleside Orchestra since September 2010.
Diana Livingston Friedley, Co-Director
Idaho State University, Music Dept.
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Pocatello, ID 83209-8099
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Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley has appeared as a guest soloist with orchestras in the northwest, on the east coast, and in Germany. As a guest artist, she has performed in Merkin Hall’s Composers’ Series, N. Y.; Orpheus Concert Series, Fresno, CA; a five-city concert tour of Taiwan, and at numerous venues with Idaho State University’s Trio Lyrique. Her most recent project with ISU colleague Dr. Kori Bond, Songs of Howard Boatwright is a CD to be released with Centaur Records in November 2013.
Numerous operatic roles include: Mrs. Webb in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, with Opera Idaho; Ichi Ban, in Napa De Monk, Queen of the Lost Waters of Mars, Bloomington Playwright’s Project, and Peggy Shippen in A Twist of Treason at the John Waldron Arts Center both premiere performances in Bloomington, Indiana; Mimi Manini with the Zwei-Groschen-Oper’s production of 1001 Nights in Venice in Humbach, Germany. Other operatic roles include: Fiorilla, Adele, Zerlina, and Musetta in a critically acclaimed production of La Bohéme, which received the 1995 National Opera Association’s “Best Production” Award. Diana has also worked with numerous opera companies in New York including: Opera Orchestra of New York, The Bronx Opera Company, The American Chamber Opera Company, and The Liederkranz Foundation.
Friedley completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at with Judith Nicosia at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, a Master of Music at Indiana University and Bachelor of Music at Westminster Choir College. Currently, Dr. Livingston Friedley is Professor of Music at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.