Judge Bios

Vocal Judges

Angela Long

Angela Long started formal vocal lessons when she was 11 years old. She took voice lessons throughout high school and college. She can and does sing any genre of music.  She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder after high school and received her bachelors degree in music education. She was part of the Barbara Doscher vocal studio while in college and her degree emphasis was vocal performance and general music.

Angela started a career teaching in the public schools in 1983 and did so for several years. She taught in the inner city at schools where there was no formal music program. She enjoyed watching her students open up and enjoy music.  Angela joined The Musicians of St. Clare, a volunteer choir that was formed for World Youth Day in 1993. She was fortunate to premier the World Youth Day theme song “We Are One Body”.  She continues to perform with this group and has been on seven tours of Italy to sing for the Vatican and the Pope.  She also performed with the Opera Colorado, the Colorado Symphony Chorus, the Denver Opera Company, and Colorado Choir.  She taught privately in the past.

She has a passion for young singers and believes any young person can sing. It’s just a matter of finding out how they learn best. She believes in challenging young singers and making them stretch out of their comfort zone when they perform and she loves providing opportunities for them to do so.  She currently lives in Thornton with her brother, Christopher, her daughter, Virginia, her two dogs and her cat.


Steven Aguilo-Arbues

 

Argentinian-American Steven Aguilo-Arbues enjoys his roles as a conductor, vocal coach, repetiteur, and recitalist.  His love for opera has led him to work with Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Colorado, The Atlanta Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Miami Music Festival.  He has also served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Centro Studi Lirica in Italy, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Currently, he is Conductor and Director of School Programs for Denver’s Inside the Orchestra and conductor of Boulder-based choir The Renaissance Project (specializing in Renaissance a cappella choral music).  He has also coached and worked with singers that have won regional and national finalist titles in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  In January of 2018, he returns to Sarasota Opera as Program and Music Director of the Studio Artists.  Mr. Aguilo-Arbues holds a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Certificate in collaborative piano from the Manhattan School of Music.

 


Carma Romano-LaMorte

Carma Romano-Lamorte began her musical education in the San Francisco Bay Area under such noted conductors as Maestro Vincenzo Giannini and Hugo Rinaldi of the San Francisco Opera.  Her early liturgical education was in the Dominican tradition,  with the Dominican Congregation of San Rafael, and at the San Domenico School.  After secondary school, she entered the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where she held a double major in violin performance and choral conducting, studying with members of the New Hungarian String Quartet, and with famed choral conductor Daniel Moe.

After a summer fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, graduate school took her to New York, where she was enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College and the Julliard School.  She studied violin with Dorothy Delay, and was a member of the Sixten Ehrling Conductors Master Class at Julliard.  She studied counterpoint with noted American composer David Diamond, and choral conducting with Harold Aks.  In 1977, Romano-LaMorte made her first appearances in Switzerland and Austria as assistant conductor of the Sarah Lawrence College Choir.  That same year, she won the Choral Conductors Prize at the International Bach Festival in San Moritz, Switzerland.  The jury was chaired by Sir Neville Mariner, with whom she completed post-graduate study in London.

Romano-Laporte came to Colorado in 1978 to spend the next four years on the music faculty at the University of Northern Colorado.  Moving to Denver in 1982, she became active as a violinist in area orchestras and music festivals.  In 1991, she accepted the invitation to become Director of Liturgy for the Archdiocese of Denver.  In 1993, in addition to forming the Musicians of Saint Clare, Romano-LaMorte was Liturgical Director for Catechesis for World Youth Day, administering the liturgies at twenty catechetical sites, for 150,000 participants, in eight different languages.  Since 1996, the Musicians of Saint Clare has been an independent non-profit corporation.  The Choir maintains a busy yearly concert schedule, as well as international tours and pilgrimages, including Christmas 1999 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, for the opening of the Jubilee Year 2000, in the presence of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and Easter 2002 at the Vatican.  In November, 2003, she prepared the Musicians of Saint Clare for a performance of the Mozart Requiem in Rome, under the direction of Paul Salumunovich with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.  Other international engagements have included a concert in the Sistine Chapel, and a concert for the Festival of Music and Sacred Art, in Rome.

From 2000-2006, Romano-Laporte held the podium of the Golden Concert Choir, a civic chorale dedicated to the performance of major classical choral works for the community of Golden and surrounding Jefferson County, Colorado.  She lives in Golden, Colorado, with her husband Andrew Laporte, who is a tenor in the Musicians of Saint Clare.