Directors and Faculty

Kalin Tchonev

Founding Executive Director
Varna International

Sharon Tchonev

Operations Director
Varna International

Gregory Buchalter

Music Director and Conductor
The Metropolitan Opera

Charles Evans

Conducting Faculty
Long Bay Symphony

Trey Davis

Choir Master
Louisiana State University

Justin Smith

Choir Master
Queens University of Charlotte

Eliezer Yanson

Choir Master
Jacksonville State University

Dale Morehouse

Music Administrator & Stage Director, Puccini
University Missouri-Kansas City

Kathryn Frady

Stage Director, Bizet
Marble City Opera

Jeffrey Jones

Voice faculty & Administrator
Coastal Carolina University

Serena Hill-LaRoche

Voice Faculty
University of South Carolina

Jason Collins

Voice Faculty
Coastal Carolina University

Amy Shoremount-Obra

Voice Faculty
Metropolitan Opera

Carol Wilson

Voice Faculty
University of North Texas

Lynn Kompass

Vocal Coach
University of South Carolina

Natalia Rivera

Vocal Coach
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Alex LeFevre

Opera Coach
Coastal Carolina University

Catherine Garner

Pianist
East Carolina University

Anne Pengilly

Collaborative Pianist
UNC - Greensboro

Anna Stoytcheva

Pianist
American Chamber Players, NYC

Ekaterina Tangarova

Pianist
Texas State University

Abigail Albaugh

Alexander Technique
Coastal Carolina University

Miroslav Hristov

Violin
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Michael Emery

Violin
Skidmore College

Evie Chen

Violin
University of Tennessee

K. Brandon Ironside

Violin
bob Jones University

Stephanie Meyers

Violin
University of Texas - El Paso

Ryo Usami

Violin
"The President's Own" White House US Marine Band

Roumena Georgieva

Violin
Augusta Symphony Orchestra

Anastasia Petrunina

Violin
Atlanta Opera

Hilary Gamble

Viola
Jacksonville Symphony

Lauren Hodges

Viola
University of Florida

Chad Hammer

Cello
Long Bay Youth String Ensemble

Daria Janssen

Cello
Bob Jones University

Tamar Ben-Pazi

Cello
Long Bay Symphony

Ian Narlock

Bass
El Paso Symphony Orchestra

Vanessa Mulvey

Flute
New England Conservatory

Joy Zalkind

Flute
El Paso Symphony Orchestra

Pedro Diaz

Oboe and English Horn
The Metropolitan Opera

Richard Kravchak

Oboe
College of Southern Nevada

Holly Patterson

Oboe and English Horn
El Paso Symphony Orchestra

Vanguel Tangarov

Clarinet
Austin Opera

Cara Luffey

Bassoon
El Paso Symphony

Billy Hunter

Trumpet
The Metropolitan Opera

Nancy Taylor

Trumpet
El Paso Symphony Orchestra

Kimberly Beasley

Horn
Lincoln Symphony Orchestra

Kolio Plachkov

Horn
Colorado Symphony

Raya Panova

Horn
Colorado Symphony

W. Harold Oliver

Horn
Lincoln Symphony Orchestra

James Martin

Trombone
The American Pops Orchestra

Denis Petrunin

Percussion
Augusta Symphony Orchestra