Musical Theater Program Director, Summer Vocal Arts Junior Director
Voice Chair, Voice Instructor
“Both discipline and passion are blended in my approach. Great technique gives you the tools to reach your artistic potential, but also the freedom to find true joy in singing. When you are a singer, your body is the instrument.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Lina now makes Brooklyn her home base but has lived and worked in Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Paris, and Malmo, Sweden as a professional opera singer.
She began studying piano at a music school in Tbilisi, Georgia and then after emigrating to Brooklyn with her family attended the pre-college program at Julliard. Lina went on to obtain her Bachelor of Music degree at Julliard, and then got a Master of Music in Opera degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.
Lina first fell in love with opera listening to Verdi’s Otello as a child. Later at Julliard, she was entranced by the voices of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and their ability to transmit emotions and heartache in a powerful and direct way.
Lina has performed in major roles on stages across the world, including "Die Feen" and "Norma" at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, "Madam Butterfly" at the Hawaii Opera Theater, the role of Liu in "Turandot" at the Seattle Opera, Nedda in "I Pagliacci," Mimi in "La Boheme," Micaela in "Carmen" and Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni" at the Cologne Opera in Germany, Antonia in "Tales of Hoffmann" in Stuttgart, Germany.
Lina enjoys sharing her passion for music with her students at BMS, and believes that she is able to empower them to accomplish more both within and beyond music by teaching proper vocal technique, confidence, and presence. She focuses on why we sing, as well as how.
Lina’s students have gone on to be accepted by top-ranked conservatories and to perform on the stage, in opera, and in film. She believes that BMS truly reflects the “melting pot” of different cultures and musical traditions that defines contemporary Brooklyn, and believes that the BVMS theater is a great asset to develop student’s performance skills and interact with the community.
Summer Vocal Arts Junior Music Director
Musical Theater and Voice Instructor
Carrie developed an early love for the arts by singing and acting out what she saw in Disney movies. This developed a passion for musical theatre and the arts. Throughout her career, Carrie has had the privilege to explore both opera and musical theatre styles. Carrie has performed in numerous opera and musical theatre roles including Third Lady in the Magic Flute, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Sister Mary in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All To You, as well as numerous others, toured with Missoula Children's Theatre, sung with Doc Severinsen, been an actor on Saturday Night Live, and she has recorded as a solo artist with McGraw Hill and Hal Leonard Publishings.
Carrie is a graduate of NYU Steinhardt with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance: Musical Theatre Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy where she was an adjunct faculty member of voice. Carrie also received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Carrie teaches voice of all styles. She uses primarily musical theatre and classical pieces as tools to build technique, and then applies those to whatever genre the student would like to pursue. A typical lesson includes vocalizes (warm ups), 1-2 songs, and detailed technique.
Carrie prides herself on being a lifelong learner. As Oscar Hammerstein II said in The King and I, “If you become a teacher, from your pupils you’ll be taught.” Carrie loves being a part of the musical and theatrical community at Brooklyn Music School and hopes to continue to see it grow.
Summer Vocal Arts Junior composer and lyricist
Voice, Piano, Violin, Guitar, Harp
“For me, what’s most exciting is being part of kids’ lives and seeing them grow up, develop, and find their own voice. I feel like BMS enriches our students, and through them enriches our community.
Originally from San Antonia, Texas, Pamela got her first taste of music tagging along to her older sister's piano lessons, and then successfully convinced the teacher to take her on at the early age of six years old.
Later, Pamela got her Bachelor's in Music in Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has a broad range of musical tastes and influences, spanning electronic, folk, ethno jazz, and minimalism, and including such artists as Ralph Vaughn Williams, Kate Bush, Bjork, and Brian Eno.
Pamela believes Brooklyn is currently "the best place on the planet" with its rich music scene, art, and diversity.
Summer Vocal Arts Junior Stage Director and Choreographer
Marie Zvosec is a graduate of the Dancers’ Studio at Oberlin, under the direction of Denise Gula Weller, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Juilliard School (B.F.A.). Marie has been seen performing with, among many others, Buglisi Dance Theatre, TAKE Dance, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Hilary Easton + Company, DOORKNOB Company with Elisabeth Motley and Shannon Gillen, Doug Elkins and Friends, Juri Onuki, Bennyroyce Dance, and at the Metropolitan Opera in Zhang Yimou’s production of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor and Mark Morris’ production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.Choreographic commissions for Ohio Dance Theatre include Jane and Cassandra Are Sisters, Hail, Saints, and three story ballets: Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and The Fairy Forest, all with libretti by playwright Jonathan Wilhelm. Additionally, she has choreographed for Moxie Contemporary Ballet, Springboard Danse Montréal, Blackbird/Oiseau Noir Dance, Bennyroyce Dance, and at Randolph College as a Helen McGehee Visiting Artist. For Lyric Opera Cleveland, Marie choreographed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and The Mikado. Marie has served as répétiter for Jacqulyn Buglisi’s works restaged at Ailey/Fordham and Marymount Manhattan College, and as Choreographic Associate for Bennyroyce Royon’s works created for Marymount Manhattan College and Point Park University. She was a Performer in Transition through the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in partnership with BAM’s Professional Development Program. She completed the National Dance Institute’s Teaching Artist Training on full scholarship and subsequently served as Brooklyn Music School’s Chair of Dance. For Summer Vocal Arts, Marie has been resident director/choreographer since 2014, creating new productions of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, A Brooklyn Cabaret, Love in Any Language, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.