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The Songs Unlimited Board

 

Songs Unlimited, Incorporated is a non-profit, tax-deductible corporation authorized under the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501©3 corporation. It is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of:

 

Dr. Kay Kraeft, President

DR. KAY KRAEFT, Founder and Executive Director of Songs Unlimited, Inc., comes with a wide range of professional experience in the field of music and music administration. She has been a successful performer, teacher, opera producer, conductor, scenic designer and scholar. To this list she adds experience as founder-director of the Petit Jean International Art Song Festival held in Arkansas during the 1980s, as well as experience as holder of various offices in the Arkansas chapter of Partners of the Americas including Chapter President.

 

Other credits include several years as Music Critic for the Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock AR) and for the Log Cabin Democrat (Conway AR), a residency as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow to teach voice at the National Conservatory of Music in Bolivia and Professor of Music at the university level for over 20 years. She has read papers on Latin American and Spanish song at various scholarly meetings and was awarded one of only 12 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships to attend the University of Texas Seminar in Latin American Music. Other awards include advancing to Finalist in the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recital program and Writer of the Scholar-in-Residence Fulbright grant for the University of Central Arkansas to host Bolivian scholar and tenor Ricardo Estrada.

 

Her education includes a baccalaureate music degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University School of Music. She has worked with distinguished voice pedagogs such as Martha Lipton, Olga Ryss, Alexander Kipnis, Conrad Thibault, Gerard Husch, Paul Sperry, Virginia Botkin, Dalton Baldwin, Gerard Souzay and Elly Ameling.

Sr. Ricardo Estrada Z., Vice President

SR. RICARDO ESTRADA Z., Associate Director for Latin America and a Founding Member of Songs Unlimited, Incorporated, has amassed an impressive array of achievements both inside and outside of music. Currently, and for a number of years, he has worked as General Manager for the Sociedad Filarmonica de La Paz in Bolivia, and as Music Director for many of its opera, oratorio, Broadway musical, ballet and solo recital presentations. Sr. Estrada holds post-baccalaureate degrees in Journalism and in Law. His journalism training and excellence as a writer earned him a BBC Fellowship to work in Great Britain in News and Feature Writing at the Central Office of Information. His articles have appeared in German, English and Spanish publications through the United Press International syndicate.

 

In 1999 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grant to teach not only music but also in the fields of Spanish, History, Sociology, Geography and Journalism at the University of Central Arkansas and was invited to present special lectures for the Honors College at the same university. But above all tenor Sr. Estrada is noted as one of the outstanding singers of his country, having won Honorable Mention in the Luciano Pavarotti Opera Competition in Buenos Aires, and numerous accolades for his singing. Sr. Estrada’s voice students have also distinguished themselves in singing engagements throughout South America, in Spain and in the United States.

Mr. William Henderson, Secretary/Treasurer

MR. WILLIAM HENDERSON, Secretary/Treasurer and a Founding Member of Songs Unlimited, Incorporated, brings not only his computer and mathematical skills to the company, but also his lifelong experience as a professional performing and teaching musician. Currently an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama, teaching piano and piano accompanying, Mr. Henderson is a prize winning pianist, earning top performance prizes throughout the southern United States. Having been described as one of the finest collaborative artists in the United States, Mr. Henderson has performed throughout the United States at major venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Recital Hall, in Europe, the Far East and Latin America with single artists and with chamber ensembles. These include Lillian Fuchs (viola), Ransom Wilson (flute), Jerome Hines (bass), Benita Valente (soprano), and the Arioso Trio, the Steinerius Duo, and the New Cadek Piano Quartet.

 

Mr. Henderson has worked as Conductor and Music Director for Opera, Musicals, Music Revues, Steam Boat river tours, a Japanese touring production of “Side by Side by Sondheim”, and for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. For two decades Mr. Henderson was one of only 2 Official Accompanists for the annual MTNA National High School Auditions. His work with singers of every voice type and all levels of attainment has given him a unique, and especially germane insight into the world of song.

 

Mr. Henderson’s training includes music degrees from the University of Alabama and post graduate work with Dora Zazlavsky in New York, with Dalton Baldwin and Gerard Souzay in France, and at the Music Academy of the West at Santa Barbara with Gwendolyn Koldowsky. With his long time partner soprano Kay Kraeft, he worked with soprano Elly Ameling at the University of Chicago.

Martha Antolik has twice been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in  both the Gulf Coast and Mid-South Regions.  She is a former Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera Company and has sung and acted in summer stock with the Starlight Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana.   Antolik was the recipient of the Leonie Rothschild Career Grant Award in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and has also won the Birmingham Symphony Young Artist Award.  Antolik has appeared as soloist with many regional orchestras and opera companies including the Memphis Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and Opera, Birmingham Opera, Lake Charles Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Opera Theater at Wildwood, and the Arkansas Symphony, and has toured Spain as alto soloist in performances of Messiah.  In November of 2008, she premiered the role of Mrs. Hibbons in the Lori Laitman opera, The Scarlet Letter.  Active in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Antolik is the former Arkansas Chapter President of NATS and has served on its Regional Board of Control.  Both she and her students have appeared on the programs of the National NATS Conventions in both 2004 and in 2008.  In 2004, Antolik performed Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen  at the National NATS Convention in New Orleans with the UCA Faculty Chamber Ensemble . In Fall of 2010, Antolik will perform at the Region NATS Conference at SLU in Hammond, Louisiana.  Antolik has also been cited in the Arkansas Times as Soloist of the Year for her performance with the Arkansas Symphony in the Verdi Requiem.   Antolik received a DMA degree from the University of Memphis, an MM in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, and a BA in Music from Samford University.  She is currently active as an adjudicator, clinician, and recitalist and serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Choral Society.  Her specialties include the music of Gustav and Alma Mahler, cabaret music, and music of women composers.

 

Her students have won numerous competitions including the Regional and State Met Auditions, National Society of Arts and Letters competition, MTNA State Competitions, and competitions on the national level.  They have also appeared as soloists with the Arena di Verona, Teatro Fenice, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Opera, Opera Lousianne, Rome Opera, Opera Lyon, Sarasota Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Theater at Wildwood, Semperoper Dresden, and the Savonlinna Opera Festival.   Her students have also appeared in musical theater as soloists with the Arkansas Repertory Theater, the Arkansas Symphony, Lost Colony Summer Musicals, Walt Disney World, Six Flags, the Greater Miami Dade Equity Theater, and national tours of such musicals as A Christmas Carol and Hair.

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