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Michelle Papenfuss

Pianist / Coach

Dr. Saúl and Ursula Balagura/ Dr. Laura E. Sulak and Dr. Richard W. Brown Fellow

About the artist: 

First-year Butler Studio artist Michelle Papenfuss, originally from Fairfax, Virginia, is an alumnus of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera (WNO) and was recently a Young Artist at the 2022 Glimmerglass Festival. During her time at WNO, Papenfuss served as assistant conductor for Così fan tutte and played for several new operas commissioned by the American Opera Initiative, including the workshop for Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded. At Glimmerglass, Papenfuss served as a coach for Carmen, Taking Up Serpents, and Holy Ground. In 2020, Papenfuss graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in collaborative piano, where she studied with Martin Katz. She also holds a bachelor’s degree (2016) and master’s degree (2018) in piano performance from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Jeffrey Shumway and Scott Holden.

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