BRYAN HAYES | VOICE, SONGWRITING: is a working vocalist with a background ranging many genres including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B, Rock, Pop and more. In fall 2013 he received bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Florida in the studies of Classical voice and in Jazz Studies, primary instrument being voice.
He has performed and continues to perform in countless concerts, he has performed major roles in numerous operas, oratorios and theatrical productions, and has toured with different groups in many different countries, including but not limited to; the University of North Florida and University of British Columbia Opera ensembles in two separate productions in the Czech Republic, the University of North Florida Chorale 2010 tour of Italy, the St. John’s Cathedral Choir of Jacksonville 2014 tour of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, a contract with Carnival Cruise Lines in 2014, and numerous shows with the Orlando Philharmonic and Opera Orlando.
He has performed onstage with such noted artists and ensembles, including but not limited to; The Royal Symphony of England, Reggie Wooten, Ben Folds and Andrea Bocelli.
In 2015 Bryan released his first album of original compositions entitled “This Is Me”.
Bryan aspires to continue a career of performance and composition.
STEPHAN CAULEY| VOICE, ACTING: was born in Miami, Florida and has been involved in music and theatre since elementary school. He started by playing Cello in String Fever in elementary school and eventually started acting in high school plays and musicals where the music bug truly bit him. He started his post secondary training in musical theatre receiving his B.F.A. at Jacksonville University where he studied under Rachel Clifton and Devlinn Mann learning the skills and developing connections that led him into professional theatre in the area. He became a full time performer and eventually signed up with touring companies such as Worklight and NETworks production companies taking shows on the road and performing all around the United States. This led to other ventures with different companies that brought him to other countries like Italy and Japan to sing with the Bologna Opera Company and GEOS Marie respectively. After years of performing, Stephen returned to Florida to further his education and received his M.A.T. in Music Education at Rollins College studying under Dr. Julia Foster and famed tenor, Curtis Rayam.
Some of his professional musical theatre credits include Phantom of the Opera (Worklight), The Fantasticks (GP Productions), A Chorus Line (Alhambra), Sweeney Todd (NETworks), Little Shop of Horrors (Alhambra), Camelot (Phoenix Productions), Batboy: The Musical (News Journal Center), I Love you, You're Perfect, Now Change (Jacksonville Stage
Company), and many more. He has also performed in various operas and operettas such as The Gondoliers, Serse, La Boehme, and Der Rosenkavalier. In Japan, he took on the life of a concert performer, mixing his passions for both musical theatre and opera into one career. He has most recently been seen on the CFVA stage as Barsad in Tale of Two Cities and as Ko-Ko in The Mikado. He currently works as a music teacher and Director of performing arts at Central Florida Leadership Academy and loves seeing music enrich the lives of his students much in the same way it did his own.
STEPHANIE MCCRANIE | VOICE: A Florida native, Ms. McCranie has an extensive background in the arts, from performing on stage to teaching and working in arts administration. Miss McCranie performs locally with Opera Tampa and St. Pete Opera. Miss McCranie was recently seen performing in Central Florida with Space Coast Symphony, Opera del Sol and Central Florida Vocal Arts in their Mikado and Masquerade programs. Stephanie also currently performs with the acclaimed Classical Crossover group, Klassika. Ms. McCranie had the privilege of serving as faculty at Texas A&M University Commerce, University of the Incarnate Word and University of Tampa. While in Texas, Ms. McCranie was a member of the esteemed Dallas Opera Chorus and was also chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild competition. Favorite roles include Beauty (Beauty and the Beast), Miss Silverpeal (Impresario), and Micaela (La Tragedie de Carmen). In addition to a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Stetson University, Ms. McCranie has a Masters in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
ASHLEY EASON | VOICE: A native of Orlando, Florida, is an operatic mezzo-soprano and music educator whose experience encompasses a variety of styles including opera, chanson, lieder, and world music. In 2017, Ms. Eason completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois under the tutorship of former performer and master teacher, Julia Faulkner, current Director of Vocal studies for the Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the same year, Ms. Eason became an ensemble member for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus in Chicago, Illinois and has since performed three seasons with the organization. Recent engagements
include Verdi’s Aida conducted by Riccardo Muti (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Mahler Symphony No. 8 conducted by Marin Alsop (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) at the world-famous Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. Future engagements include Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). In addition to ensemble work, Ms. Eason has performed a variety of operatic roles throughout her expanding career including Dido in Dido and Aeneas (DePaul University), Speranza in L’Orfeo (DePaul University), La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Urbino, Italy- Musica nelle Marche).
Prior to her studies at DePaul University, Ms. Eason received a Master of Business Administration degree from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where she was awarded with both a talent scholarship and
graduate assistantship. During her time at Stetson, Ms. Eason also completed her BM in Vocal Performance under the mentorship of accomplished mezzo-soprano, Jane Christeson and internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano, Susan Neves (Metropolitan Opera) where she was the recipient of the Doris William Davis and William McClure Davis endowed award.
Ms. Eason’s teaching philosophies mirror those of her mentors by guiding her students to find their “true voice”, free of manipulations and manifestations, and by helping them to organically develop their natural instrument through a unique application of these techniques tailored for each individual student.