Founder, brother Victor Simonson, Musical Director, Pianist, Composer and multi-genre performer, has traveled with Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple”, “Memphis the Musical”, "The Lion King", served as Music Director for Three Mo’ Tenors, Interim Conductor for the Boys Choir of Harlem, and is hailed as the youngest Black Music Director for a Broadway–bound show for his work in “Brooklyn; The Musical”. He has worked on musical teams for “Wicked”, “Ragtime”, and "The Wiz", served as rehearsal pianist for National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), and composed "Stomping Grounds" HipOpera which premiered at the Glimmerglass Music Festival. Mr. Simonson is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.
Founder, sister Pamela Simonson, Soprano, Actress and Teacher has been seen in performances with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Chicago Opera, the Washington National Opera in productions including “Cosi fan tutte”, “Porgy and Bess”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Tosca” and more, as well as on stages for national and international audiences. She serves as Music Director for Camp Arena Stage, produced performances and taught music to students from K-8 grade. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music for her Undergraduate degree and Manhattan School of Music for her Graduate degree. Pamela serves as the CAAPA Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
As a team, the siblings have performed throughout the eastern seaboard and have been hailed as the “Only African American Brother-Sister Classical Vocal Duet in the United States”.
One of CAAPA’s founding members also includes The Simonson’s mother, arts lover and advocate Terri Allen. Mrs. Allen is not a trained musician but helps “Bring Color to the Classics” by supporting the arts in a variety of ways including developing programs, partnering and providing performance opportunities for African American classical musicians. She currently serves as CAAPA’s Executive Director.
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