Cairn alumna Erin (Mannon) Johnson ’06 will join the Adler Fellowship Program with the San Francisco Opera in January 2013. Erin studied under DonnaLee Ramsay ’88 during her time at Cairn and earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a B.S. in Bible.
In the San Francisco Opera’s press release, the Adler Fellowship Program is described as “a performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious resident artist training program has nurtured the development of more than 150 young artists since its inception.”
In 2013, the Adler Fellowship Program will have 13 participants, 11 singers and two pianists.
Following the announcement, Erin Johnson said, “I am so honored to be a part of the program, and it will surely be a boost to my career. A career in performance is very difficult to obtain and the competition is extremely high. It has been a long, hard road for me since I began singing classically at Cairn. Now I can really see the fruit of…all the care and encouragement many of my professors showed me during my years as an undergraduate music student.”
Steven Condy, Adjunct Faculty at Cairn and Director of the Opera Workshop program, an accomplished professional operatic performer himself, shared his perspective on the importance of this appointment. “The Adler Fellowship is certainly one of the top four programs in the U.S., if not the world. The entire opera industry looks to the Adler Program for the new young talent that is coming up, and, while there are never any guarantees, this is a great step in launching a substantial performance career for Erin. I pray that God will protect and continue to use Erin for His glory in an industry that is in desperate need of Christ.” The Adler Fellowship Program is on par with the Houston Grand Opera Studio Program, the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera of NYC.
Johnson holds a master’s degree from Rice University; during her time there she studied in Florence, Italy, through the Margaret Pack Italian Language Study Program. She has also participated in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, where she was seen in scenes from Roméo et Juliette, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
In Perry L. Glanzer’s recently published book, Christian Higher Education: An Empirical Guide, Glanzer, a notable professor and author, ranked Cairn University as second among the nation’s best Christian colleges