KARL RESNIK                                                

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Karl Resnik has been teaching voice since 1973 while he was in graduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a lecturer on singing, he has given workshops and clinics from Alaska to Florida; presented lectures at universities and colleges throughout the United States; and has consulted with organizations such as Paramount Parks, Disney World, and Sea World on voice health and voice building issues.

Mr. Resnik’s students are now performing with the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Cincinnati Opera, several opera houses in Germany, as well as on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country.

Since 1978, Karl has been the Executive Director of the Musical Arts Center in O’Bryonville. The Center has been prominent in providing the finest music education in the Tri-State. A broad scope of music education opportunities for our over 700 students is provided, with private lessons taught at the main campus in O’Bryonville.

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Karl teaches at The MAC Main Campus in O’Bryonville, as well as our Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy branch location.


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On the voice faculty at MAC since 1997, Lincoln Chapman is also a founding director of the Young Artist Preparatory Program at MAC, one of the very few opera programs in the nation for outstanding high school singers (now in its 15th season). He also teaches voice at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and has been an instructor for Miami University’s Ohio High School Choral Workshop.

Mr. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Music from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied voice with Andrew White and opera with Italo Tajo and Malcolm Fraser.

He made his professional debut with the Cincinnati Opera in Schwanda the Bagpiper, and has performed with Opera Columbus, Syracuse Opera, The Spoleto Festival, Florida Arts Celebration, the Melbourne-Spoleto Festival and Her Majesty’s Theater (Australia), Charlestown Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony, among others.

Lincoln teaches at The MAC Main Campus in  O’Bryonville, and at our Winton Woods High School branch location.

MARILYN ZELCER                   

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 Soprano Marilyn Zelcer, on the MAC voice faculty since 1997, earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also was certified in all three levels of instruction at the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Her students have performed with Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Children’s Theatre, and in national tours as well as leading roles in many other theater companies and schools.

Equally at home with classical and musical theater repertoire, Ms. Zelcer has performed with the Cincinnati Opera, Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Byzantine Singers as well as Kincaid Regional Theater, Downtown Theater Classics, Showboat Majestic, and multiple community theaters.

She specializes in musical theater; classical repertoire including opera, oratorio, and concert music; Jewish sacred and folk music; and sacred church music.

Marilyn teaches at The MAC Main Campus in  O’Bryonville, as well as our Milford High School branch location. 


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Soprano Linda McAlister is equally at home singing opera, oratorio, and art song. Lauded for her stage presence and ability to connect with her audiences, she has impressed German audiences and critics in roles such as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Venus in Dardanus, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as well as in concert engagements of works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Faure, and Mozart, and others.

Ms. McAlister’s engagements have also taken her to Opera Festival di Lucca (Italy); Dayton Opera, Lake George Opera On-the-Go, Brevard Music Festival, and Ravinia Festival (USA); and the Britten-Pears Festival (England). She has won several recognitions, including Metropolitan Opera Auditions (1st prize, Minnesota district), Opera Columbus Competition (3rd prize), and the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for musicians.

She received her Masters Degree in Music from Miami University and continued her post-graduate work at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Linda teaches at our Mason High School branch location.


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Sean Michael Baley, tenor, attended the acclaimed program at the University of Colorado at Boulder to earn his Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, after receiving his BAMU in Music Education (with Voice Concentration) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He teaches students of all ages, and has had numerous young students move on to succeed in undergraduate and graduate programs across the nation in music schools such as: Ithaca College, Lees-McRae College, Montclair State University, Temple University, and University of Northern Colorado.

Always a teacher first, Sean’s desire has been to teach students to perform at a high level, and has spent the past decade teaching private voice and trumpet and as a school teacher, with his last few years being the Director of Fine Arts at a private academy. While in that position he consistently had students make All State Chorus in both middle school and high school, with the middle school choir under his direction winning “ Top Choir” at their regional competition in the spring of 2011.

As a performer Sean has enjoyed numerous roles in musical theatre and opera. His roles include: Mordred in “Camelot,” Dr. Malatesta in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Count Philippe de Chandon in “Phantom,” and the Tenor in “Master Class.”

Sean teaches at The MAC Main Campus in  O’Bryonville, and our Indian Hill Church branch location.



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Kristen Hollowood is a Cincinnati native and alumnus of Musical Arts Center.  Music and theatre have been her primary focus since she was a kid. She graduated from Lee University with a B.A. in Vocal Music and has been teaching private voice lessons through The Musical Arts Center under the direction of Karl Resnik since 2009. Kristen is the Music Director for both Anderson High School and Nagel Middle School.  She is also the Music Director for the T.O.A.S.T Summer Theater Camp.

Before she caught the teaching bug, Kristen pursued her love of performing at Lee University. Her favorite performing moments include: singing at the Presidential Inauguration with the Lee Univeristy festival choir (2013), The Gondoliers (Gianetta), The Marriage of Figaro (Barbarina & U/s Susanna) and scenes from Magic Flute (Pamina), and Kiss me Kate (Bianca).  She is equally at home singing The Doll Song (“Les oiseaus dans la Charmille”) as she is belting out “Don’t Rain on my Parade!” from Funny Girl.

Kristen caught the teaching bug her sophomore year of college during a pedagogy class and working with Karl Resnik and has never looked back.  She believes that teaching is a process and a journey but when taken seriously can be one of the most rewarding things to pursue.  She teaches for that moment when the students eyes light up with excitement and they say, “Oh! I get it!!” Because after all, “without music, life would be a mistake!”

Kristen teaches at The MAC Main Campus in O’Bryonville, as well as our Sycamore and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy branch locations. 


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Mezzo-Soprano Kaylee Nichols is pleased to be joining the faculty at MAC. She has earned a Master of Music from McGill University as well as Music Education and Vocal Performance degrees from Lee University. As a versatile performer, Kaylee has experience in a variety of music such as opera, art song, choral music, and contemporary christian/pop music.

As a professional singer, Kaylee has debuted with Opera Columbus, Opera Project Columbus, and Nightingale Opera Theatre. She was also engaged by Great Lakes Light Opera and Mid-Ohio Opera in the 2016 season. Opera credits include Zerlina in #UncleJohn, Vera Boronel/Secretary in The Consul, Jo March in Little Women, La Madre di Mariuccia in I due Timidi, Eduige in Rodelinda, Cherubino/Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Tessa in The Gondoliers, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and La Maestra delle Novizie/ Le converse in Suor Angelica. She has also been a member and soloist with LancasterChorale, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Voci Virili, Voice of Reason Women’s Ensemble, and Montreal group Voces Boreales. As a choral teacher, Kaylee graduated with Honors and received the Weeks-Holden Scholarship for her work.

Growing up in Nashville, Kaylee gained experience in songwriting and studio recording in the contemporary christian, country, and pop genres. Kaylee believes in giving students all the tools they need to succeed in order to navigate different types of music. Kaylee currently resides in Dayton with her husband, Nathan.

Kaylee teaches at The MAC Main Campus in O’Bryonville.


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Soprano Lauren Bridges recently completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a voice concentration from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music in April of 2014. She now teaches Choir, Guitar, and Visual and Performing Arts at R.A. Jones Middle School in Florence, Kentucky. A Cincinnati local and Musical Arts Center alum, she loves classical voice as well as musical theater and feels right at home singing selections from Wicked, sacred works such as Malotte’s “Lord’s Prayer”, and arias from Die Fledermaus.

At the age of 18, Lauren was recognized as a finalist in the 2010 Cincinnati Opera Idol Competition. Since then, you may have seen her in “The Cunning Little Vixen” at CCM and she has also been featured as a soloist in her ensemble, CCM’s Chorale. In addition, she is the Music Director for Camp Coney’s summer programs and has worked with the Cincinnati Children’s Choir as well as MAC’s own Young Artist’s Preparatory Program. Currently, she teaches private voice lessons at the main branch of the Musical Arts Center and at Sycamore Jr. High. She believes that with hard work and a good attitude, anyone and everyone can create music. In the words of Suzuki, “Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.”

Lauren teaches at our Sycamore Junior High branch location.


ELENA KHOLODOVA  – Vocal Coach/Accompanist

Elena Kholodova studied piano since she was 6 years old. Her piano career started when she was 8 years old with the performance of the Mozart Clavier Concerto N23 with the State Voronezh Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Kholodova received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and DMA degrees in Russia at the Voronezh State Academy of Arts. She also received an Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (USA). She worked at Mariinskiy Theater in Saint Petersburg (Russia) with Larissa Gergieva as a stuff accompanist/vocal coach. In Cincinnati she has been engaged inThe Summer Festival at the Cincinnati Opera, Festival “Opera Fusion: New Work Opera” Workshops, “Constella Festival,” and numerous concerts.

Elena is the winner of V. Krainev International Piano Competition (Kharkov, Ukraine), where as a collaborative pianist, she was awarded the title “The best accompanist” of the 5th International N.Rimskiy-Korsakov Vocal Competition (Saint Petersburg, Russia,2004). She appeared as a collaborative artist in the substantial numbers of the festivals, competitions, master-classes and recitals in Russia, France, Finland, Germany, Norway, Great Britain and the USA. She was engaged with Festival of Music in Menton, Mikkeli Festival of Music, St. Petersburg Palaces’ Festival, Japan International Festival, and many many more. She has collaboration experience with  outstanding singers as Nathan Gunn, Alexey Markov, Vladimir Atlantov, Vladimir Galuzin, Avgust Amonov, Ekaterina Semenchuck, Ekaterina Sergeeva, Yury Vorobiev, Catherine Keen, Michael Kolelishvili, and Irina Mataeva, an internationally renowned Opera singer. Currently Elena works as an accompanist/vocal coach at Cincinnati Opera, Constella Ferstival of the Fine Arts, and the Musical Arts Center.