Initially trained as a violinist, soprano Noemí de Silva (née Pérez Silva) began her vocal studies at the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance. After graduating, she has continued her training with Theresa D’Aiuto Andrasy-Sokol, Linda Mulé Switzer and David Okerlund. She graduated with her Master’s Degree from the Florida State University in May 2012. Ms. de Silva has been praised by critics for her ability to “enact a simple, beautiful [portrayal] utilizing a sweet vocal tesatura befitting the character” (La Gaceta).
She has enjoyed what she considers a rich working relationship with the Spanish Lyric Theater in Tampa, Florida. Among her roles, she has portrayed the title character in Cinderella; “Julietta” in El Conde de Luxemburgo; “Asia” in Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente; and “Rosaura” in Los Gavilanes. Ms. de Silva has also appeared in productions with Opera Tampa, Florida State Opera, and St. Petersburg Opera. Ms. de Silva is currently the director of the Montgomery Music Project.
Originally from Colorado Springs, Maggie Stith has taken her love for combining music and adventure literally to the other side of the world. A year after graduating with her BA in Piano Performance from Belhaven University, a small liberal arts college in Jackson, MS, she accepted the call for a teaching position at African Bible University in Lubowa, Uganda, and spent six months teaching music, directing choirs and praise teams, and soaking in the rich African music traditions.
After going home from Africa to Colorado, she was offered a job at her alma mater and moved back to Jackson to be Belhaven’s staff accompanist where she collaborated on dozens of student and faculty recitals, choirs, opera and other events. At the end of the school year Maggie married her husband and joined him in Auburn where she has been blessed to come aboard the Auburn University Music Department as a collaborative pianist.
She is also gaining momentum on starting her own small business playing piano for events of all occasions, particularly weddings. When she’s not on a piano bench, Maggie can be found hanging out with her husband, Benjamin, preferably outdoors, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, or cheering for Auburn football – War Eagle!