About

An accomplished soloist, Debra Gilroy performs in operas, recitals, chamber ensembles, and orchestral concerts. She is a section leader with the Minnesota Chorale, a soloist and section leader for the First Unitarian Society of Mount Curve, a frequent guest soloist at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, as well performing with Thursday Musical and Opera on Tap. With the Minnesota Chorale, Debra’s performances have included Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte,Verdi’s La Traviata, Handel’s Messiah and additional works with the Minnesota Orchestra. Ms. Gilroy serves on the voice faculty at Hamline University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and maintains a private voice studio in Minneapolis. She earned her post-graduate certification in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota and holds an MM degree and BA degree in Music. She studied with Emma Small in Minneapolis and currently studies with international pedagogue David Jones in New York.

Debra Gilroy, Executive Director


Barbara Brooks is an active vocal coach and music director in the Twin Cities area. She has worked with various opera companies including, Canadian Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Banff, Berkshire Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera, as well as the University of Minnesota Opera and University of North Texas Opera programs. Ms. Brooks also served as a vocal coach for the Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program and currently is on the music staff of the Wesley Balk Institute. Ms. Brooks has also collaborated as music director in the highly successful and imaginative productions of Mozart’s Operas at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis. She currently maintains an active coaching studio and is the pianist for the Minnesota Chorale, the official chorus of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Barbara Brooks, Music Director


Joan Potter is an internationally experienced director, singer and actor.  In the Midwest she taught English and Theatre, as well as directing and coordinating theatre programs at Wayzata Senior High School MN and Menomonie WI Senior High. She was stage director for Minnesota Operas’ Youth Program, Project Opera and Project Opera Summer Camps with Dale Kruse. She created, directed, and toured original productions for Greenwood Players, Menomonie WI. Ms. Potter created and directed A Prairie Celebration, representing the State of Wisconsin at the American Festival in Chiba City, Japan 1993 and 1995. Ms. Potter directed The Nightingale by Imant Raminsch for performance at Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in 2009, as well as directing and touring three unique productions in  UK. She sings with St Mark’s Cathedral Choir, under direction of Ray Johnston,in addition to directing, singing, and acting for Menomonie Theatre Guild.

Joan Potter, Stage Director


Board of Trustees

Debra Gilroy, Executive Director and Founder

Deb Carbaugh, Vice President

Prabhakar Karri, Treasurer

Pat Kent

Ivy Bernhardson

Michelle McCreery

Deborah Richman

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