Elizabeth began composing at
age 14 under the tutelage of
Dr Alan Hirsch. She attended
Interlochen Arts Camp and
Interlochen Arts Academy where
she continued her composition
and music theory study with
Dr Elaine Broad. She was
awarded the Johann Joseph Fux
award for tutoring her fellow
students in theory at IAA.
She attended St Olaf College,
studying composition with Dr Timothy Mahr
and Dr Peter Hamlin and theory with Dr Charles Forsberg. She has written choral, orchestral, and instrumental chamber music, but her preferred medium is solo voice and song. Her pieces have been performed and/or recorded by VOX3 collective, Third Eye Theater Co., Chicago Fringe Opera, and Opera on Tap-Chicago. She is also an active classical vocalist in the Chicago community.
Catherine O’Shaughnessy is a rising orchestral and opera conductor in the United States and abroad. Her performances have earned rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Classical Review (“great skill, alertness and sensitivity”), and Vocal Arts Chicago (“resourcefulness…scrappiness and...fierce concentration”). Avidly committed to Chicago’s dynamic opera scene, she is currently the music director of Chicago Fringe Opera, the city's “alt-opera company” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune), which brings to life recent English-language works in immersive, site-specific and experiential settings. In 2020, she proudly helped produce Fringe’s contribution to the Decameron Opera Coalition’s Tales From a Safe Distance—winner of the “Best Collaboration” award from 360° of Opera—which makes innovative use of technology to reimagine this art for challenging new circumstances.
A semi-finalist in the 2016 Spazio Musica International Conducting Competition, Catherine made her New York debut conducting Antonio Salieri’s La Cifra with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. She has also music directed Pyramus and Thisbe in Freiberg (Mittelsächsisches Theater) and conducted Don Giovanni and La Traviata in Orvieto (Teatro Mancinelli). In 2013 she conducted the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at a sold-out performance in Tchaikovsky Hall, and in 2017 she guest-conducted the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra (Manchester, UK). Catherine holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral and opera conducting from Arizona State University, where she was a student of William Reber and Timothy Russell.
Dr Stephanie McCullough
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Known for her work in modern music, opera and musical theatre, Emily has firmly established herself as an active producer in the Chicagoland area since 2014. Most recently, she returned to Elizabeth Rudolph Productions to help world-premiere new vocal and instrumental works in Litany2020. In 2018, she served as the Managing Director for Underscore Theatre Company, assisting with the development and production of original musicals in Chicago. Their production of Haymarket: The Musical was nominated for three 2019 Jeff Awards, and was extended twice during its run.
Other production credits include the upcoming Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s Audio Series, ”D:Activate”” concert series with the City of Chicago, the Scapigliatura Music Festival, and multiple cabarets with Davenport’s Piano Bar. Emily is an active member of Opera on Tap, Chicago Cabaret Professionals, Chicago Opera Theatre’s Educational Subcommittee, the Illinois Theatre Professionals, and the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium. She was honored to be selected as a 2020 Chicagoland Stratera Artist Mentorship Mentee. Emily is currently the Artistic Director of Acting Out, a nonprofit organization that produces social justice and political works and events. She currently writes and directs new musical works throughout the Chicagoland area.