MEET THE 2019 PROJECT INCLUSION VOCAL FELLOWS

Find out more about this year's Project Inclusion Vocal Quartet Fellows Vidita Kanniks, Thereza Lituma and Shaina Martinez

Vidita Kanniks, soprano

Vidita Kanniks, soprano

Ms. Kanniks completed her undergraduate degrees in Vocal Performance and Music History at Cleveland Conservatory of Music and is now pursuing her graduate education in Early Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In recent years Ms. Kanniks has been seen as ‘Emmie’ in the CCM production of Britten’s Albert Herring (2017). She was a recurring soloist with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble during their 2017-18 season and sang with a number of ensembles including Collegium Cincinnati, the Choir of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral and Coro Volante, a chamber group dedicated to recording and publishing discography by living composers.

During her time at McGill Ms. Kanniks has been a soloist with ensembles including Cappella Antica and the Schulich Singers, and will portray the role of ‘Nunzia’ in the Opera McGill production of La Liberazione di Ruggiero by Francesca Caccini. In addition to singing with the Chicago Grant Park Summer Festival Chorus as a Project Inclusion fellow, Ms. Kanniks will be spending the summer at the Aspen Music Festival as a member of the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute.


Thereza Lituma, mezzo-soprano

Thereza Lituma, mezzo-soprano

Chicago native Thereza Lituma is a senior studying vocal performance and music education at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and studies under the tutelage of Professor Sylvia Stone. She recently made her main stage debut as the title role in Lyric Theatre @ Illinois’ production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. She spent the past summer in Italy participating in the Scuola Italia Summer Program for Young Opera Singers, where she performed scenes from Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi, and Cosi Fan Tutte. 

She made her stage debut in the role of Albanact in Purcell's King Arthur with La Nuova Aurora Opera. Thereza has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Tomas J. Smith Scholarship, the Mary Mottl Memorial Scholarship, the Sigma Alpha Iota Summer Music Scholarship, and the Mary Payne Performance Award. 

Thereza has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Tomas J. Smith Scholarship, the Mary Mottl Memorial Scholarship, the Sigma Alpha Iota Summer Music Scholarship, and the Mary Payne Performance Award.


Shaina Martinez, soprano

Shaina Martinez, soprano

Shaina Martinez recently graduated with her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. She also hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland. She performed in Terrence McNally's Masterclass as Sophie with the Bermuda Festival. She has appeared in opera roles with the Lighthouse Opera Company, the Manhattan School of Music, Little Patuxent Opera Institute, and the Siena Music Festival. 

She has been a finalist and/or received awards from the Talents of the World Competition, XXI Concorso International de Canto Lirico, MONC Rocky Mountain Regionals, Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, Alan M. & Joan Taub Ades Competition, DC Vocal Arts Society Art Song Discovery Competition, Altamura Caruso International Competition, Friday Morning Music Club Sue Goetz Ross Competition, and University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. 

As a concert artist, she has collaborated with Perry So and the MSM Philharmonia as well as with former Met coach, Craig Rutenberg, in Opera America's Emerging Artist Recital Series. She will be joining Florida Grand Opera's Young Artist Studio during the 2019-20 season.