Faculty and Staff
Katie Dukes, soprano and institute co-director
American soprano Katie Dukes is an energetic and interactive performer, who rejects the idea that classical music has to be stuffy or boring. Active throughout the country, Katie has brought the world of opera to new audiences in productions with Opera Southwest, Reimagining Opera for Kids, and Intimate Opera of Indianapolis as well as in recent chamber performances with the Fiati Five wind quintet, the Kaemper Music Series, and Carrizozo Music.
Katie’s past operatic and musical theater credits include Angelica in SUOR ANGELICA, Fiordiligi in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI, Beatrice Richman in THE THREE FAT WOMEN OF ANTIBES, Alida Slade in ROMAN FEVER, Helen in THE THREE SISTERS WHO ARE NOT SISTERS, Mooch in MOOCH THE MAGNIFICENT, and the Baker’s Wife in INTO THE WOODS (Junior).
In addition to her work as a performer, Katie serves as a vocal instructor at the University of New Mexico, Music Prep School, an educational academy for young and emerging musicians. She is also the Executive Director of Studio Forza, a music and arts organization designed to unleash the power of creativity by bringing entertaining and fun classical music performances to people in an accessible way. Katie founded Studio Forza in 2012 because she believes if audiences are given the opportunity to hear something masterful in an innovative way in conjunction with a little bit of guidance, it will ignite a love for music. With Studio Forza, she performs, teaches, and organizes concerts, often with thematic food pairings, in a party-like atmosphere to welcome new audiences into the richness of the classical music world.
Katie participated in summer training programs at the Tyrolean Opera Program in Maurach, Austria and La Musica Lirica International Festival in Novafeltria, Italy, and she holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Northern Colorado and San José State University. Her teachers include Erie Mills, Andreas Poulimenos, Dr. Diane Bolden-Taylor and Nathan Ruggles.
She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her horn-playing husband Mike Walker and their opera-loving dogs Isolde and Jake.
Kimberly Carballo, opera coach and pianist
Presently Coordinating Opera Coach for Indiana University’s Opera and Ballet Theater, Kimberly is also an active international performer and educator. She has previously worked as the mainstage and young artists’ program coach for the Compañía Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica, and music theory instructor and vocal coach at the Conservatorio Musical de Alajuela, the Escuela de Artes Musicales de la Universidad de Costa Rica, and the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica. She is founder and director of ROK, an music outreach and education program based in Bloomington, Indiana. Kimberly also forms part of the inaugural and ongoing team for Tunaweza Kimuziki (Through Music All is Possible), a project promoting exchange among music educators, scholars, and performers in Kenya and the USA.
Regina Compton, musicologist and institute co-director
Regina Compton enjoys a diverse career as a music scholar, arts administrator, and educator. She founded Chamber Music Campania in 2010 to bring new music to southern Italian audiences and to introduce American musicians to the less- traveled parts of Italy. Since its creation, Chamber Music Campania has earned recognition as a 2013 prize winner of the New Venture Challenge at the Eastman School of Music and 2014 Rochester Community Foundation grant awardee.
An avid musicologist, Regina is the recipient of numerous awards, notably, the American Handel Society's J. Merrill Knapp Research Fellowship (2012), which supported archival work in London at the British Library, and the International Handel Research Prize (2015), awarded by the Händel Gesellschaft to recognize her dissertation on Handel's opera recitative. Regina has presented papers at national and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society (2013, 2015), the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2014), and the American Handel Society (2015).
Regina holds a PhD in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music as well as a BM in Clarinet Performance from Southern Methodist University and an MM in Music History from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Fiati Five, wind quintet
Formed in 2013, Fiati Five is an ensemble with a mission: to share the best music of every era with as many new listeners as possible. Its members are colorful players, inspiring pedagogues, and adventurous eaters (both culinary-wise and metaphorically).
One of Fiati Five’s driving goals is audience cultivation, and the ensemble readily takes classical music out of traditional concert spaces and paradigms, instead presenting audience-interactive performances that often pair music with food, art, or another familiar point of entry. The ensemble’s repertoire focuses on newly-composed works, traditional quintet repertoire (especially works by American composers), and transcriptions of Italian classical music so that listeners can come away having heard something new, having heard something old in a new way, and feeling that classical music is accessible.
Fiati Five has been the ensemble-in-residence at Chamber Music Campania since 2013, performing in non-traditional venues across southern Italy (2013-14) as well as in Sarasota, FL (2015). Fiati Five performances in the US have included concerts at New College of Florida, the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; outreach events (Trinity House-Big-Bethel in Atlanta, GA, and the Community Resource Network of Florida in Port Charlotte, FL); thematic concerts pairing music with a meal ("A Taste of Music" at Fortina in Armonk, NY; "Savory Sounds" at Amore by Andrea in Sarasota, FL); and a performance celebrating local organic farmers ("Sustainable Sounds" at Porter Farms in Elba, NY).
The members of Fiati Five are Alice Jones (flute), Zachary Pulse (oboe), David Cook (clarinet), Christina Dioguardi (bassoon), and Michael Walker (horn).
Francesco Mastromatteo, cellist and Italian liasion
Described as a "virtuosic and passionate musician" (Dallas Morning News), the Italian-born cellist Francesco Mastromatteo enjoys a transatlantic career that includes both artistic and leadership positions. He works as the Artistic Director of the "Giovanni Paisiello" Concert Society (Lucera, Italy), an Artist in Residence of Classical Music for the World (Austin, Texas), and the Artistic Director of the Concert Series "Spring of Harmony," which he founded in 2008 at S. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Dallas).
Francesco served as principal cellist of the "U. Giordano" Symphony Orchestra in Foggia (2002-2004) and later of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas (2004-2008). In addition, Francesco performed as a soloist with both symphonies as well with the Meadows Wind Ensemble, the chamber orchestra "Suoni del Sud," and the "Orchestra Cittá di Pescara." He also performed the complete solo suites by J.S. Bach at the prestigious Ravenna Festival in 2009, where he also won First Prize at the Ravenna "G. Turci" National Cello Competition.
Francesco Mastromatteo holds an Artist Diploma and a Master in Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he studied under the inspiring tutelage of Andres Diaz; he completed his Doctoral Degree in Cello Performance at the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, as student of Prof. Bion Tsang. In Italy Francesco studied primarily with Mike Shirvani, Luigi Piovano, Rocco Filippini and David Geringas.