As a freelance artist specializing in opera and classical performance with more than 10 years' worth of musical training and professional experience, Christina believes in utilizing a holistic yet cross-generational approach to vocal artistry for all in the community. Her purpose is to help everyone discover and use their own deepest powers of the voice.
During her initial training at The College of New Jersey, she decided she would dedicate her life to teaching and performing music with equal passion. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, she received a Master of Music degree in Music Theater Performance with an emphasis in Opera Performance. While attending grad school, she was one of the first participants chosen for the Arizona State University-Arizona Opera Study-Cover program, which helped her prepare major operatic roles while working closely with artistic staff of Arizona Opera. This led to becoming a professional cover for Arizona Opera. She continues to participate in artist-training programs such as the International Opera Theater's Commedia dell'arte workshop with Antonio Fava in Philadelphia and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Professional Fellow where she performed the role of "Susanna" in the mainstage production of Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. One of her most memorable professional engagements was with Portland Opera's 2015 Opera To Go program as an Outreach Artist, performing "Rosina" in a school-version of Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and lecturing on opera and teaching voice around the Pacific Northwest region.
A classically-trained coloratura soprano, Megan Penfield is a Central Florida-based musician and actor. Megan holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University and a Master of Music degree from University of Central Florida. She is an active member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and has been teaching voice and piano lessons for eleven years. Megan is also an active performer in the Orlando area, having performed with groups like The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Festival Singers of Florida, Opera Orlando, Central Florida Vocal Arts, Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre, and Phoenix Tears Productions. She is also a co-founder of College Park Presbyterian Church's theatre ministry, where she is active as a script writer, director, producer, and actor. As an educator, Megan Penfield has provided quality music instruction in theory, piano, and voice for eleven years. Megan uses an eclectic style of instruction, using a mix of scientific fact, active moving, and metaphors to communicate instruction. She is an active member of NATS, and frequently engages in professional development. Megan's students have been accepted to vocal programs at institutions such as Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Rollins College, University of Miami, Berklee College of Music, and Belmont University, and have a high success rate in NATS vocal competitions, music theater and youth opera programs, summer music programs, the Florida All-State Honor Choirs, and more.
Charles is excited to be joining CFlVA. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed roles both onstage and off. Some favorite roles include Father Dupin/King Louis in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Smudge in Forever Plaid, baritone with the Voices of Liberty at the Candlelight Processional, and debuting new works by Adam Guettel, Stephen Schwartz, Sheldon Harnick, Marvin Hamlisch and the band Air Supply. Offstage, Charles has music directed many youth productions in New York and has written/composed Rob Ford: Rock Star (with two more musicals on the way). He can be found performing at numerous theme parks in the area. While he equally loves performing and teaching, what is held highest above the rest is getting to journey through life with his wife and two boys.