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Eileen Downey
Vocal Coach - Opera

Eileen Downey is currently Senior Lecturer of Collaborative Piano at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she is a vocal coach and collaborative pianist, as well as a rehearsal pianist for Knoxville Opera.  This summer, Eileen is engaged to be an opera coach for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria as well as a pianist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference and the American Viola Society Festival.  Ms. Downey was a chorusmaster, vocal coach, and most recently the Music Director for the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center for the summer seasons of 2013-14, and 2016-19.  She has been an accompanist for the Middle/East Tennessee Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions since 2012, and has also been a pianist for both the International and Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Tennessee Cello Workshop.  Eileen is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, and was one of the 2011 staff accompanists for AIMS in Graz.  Other programs in which she has been involved include SongFest, Project Canción Española, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Opera North, and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy.  Ms. Downey received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano from Michigan State University.