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Ms. Colby Thomas, Lecturer,
Voice; American Musical Theatre


Masters degree in Vocal Performance:  Syracuse University
BA in Music, Minor in Speech, Communications & Theater:  SUNY Oneonta

Advisor for Apollo Music Club and Voices of Serenity

Ms. Thomas is originally from Huntington, New York and has been an actress and singer in the US and in Europe for more than seventeen years. She joined the SUCO Music Department in 2004, directing, and teaching voice, History of the American Musical, and a vocal performance workshop, which includes coaching repertoire from opera to the contemporary musical.  Her professional training includes: The Roger Hendricks Simon Studio for Actors, Directors and Playwrights, the Riverside Shakespeare Company, Bob Sills Improvisation Workshop, and Nico Costell's Master Class Series.

Ms. Thomas' professional credits include a nine-year stint as 'Christine Daae' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Neue Flora Theater in Hamburg, Germany. She appeared on tour throughout Europe, including Paris, Nice, Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Munich, and Basil, as Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! Her off-Broadway, regional, and national tour credits include, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY, Luisa in THE FANTASTIKS, Josephine in HMS PINAFORE, Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Anne in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and Princess Tuptim in THE KING AND I. 
Ms. Thomas continues to perform in the New York area, as her teaching schedule allows. She appeared in the title role in the premiere of the new opera, MOLLY OF THE MOHAWKS, for which she was nominated for a Native American Music Award. Her concert work includes Carl Orff's CARMINA BURANA and the Poulenc GLORIA with the Catskill Choral Society  She sang Samuel Barber's KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915 with the Catskill Symphony and appeared as Lola in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with the Schenectady Symphony at the Proctor Theater, and at the Stanley Theater with the Utica Symphony.

Further information concerning Ms. Thomas’ resume, as well as upcoming performances can be seen at her website:


Mr. Dennis Turechek, Adjunct Professor,
History of Jazz, Jazz Guitar, Classical Guitar, Advanced Jazz Guitar, Advanced Classical Guitar and Guitar Ensemble. Retired.

Dennis is an active performer and composer. He has written such composition for guitar as "Five Studies for guitar," "Fugue in C Minor," "Suite in G# Minor," "Theme and Variations," "Ten Tone Tune" and "Etude for Five Guitars." He is the Founder and President of the Classical Guitar Society for Upstate New York and has recorded two solo albums "Dennis Turechek Plays Dennis Turechek" and "Nine Views from the Bridge."

Ms. Kristina Ward Turechek, Adjunct Lecturer,
Piano Class and Advanced Piano Class.


Degrees Earned: B.S. in Music Composition from the Mannes College of Music


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