Dita Delman, Founder and Artistic Director.  Click for blow-up.

Dita Delman (Founder & Artistic Director) – A Newark native, Ms Delman has appeared as an opera and oratorio soloist throughout the East Coast and counts several recording and film scores among her credits. After graduating from Rutgers University, Ms Delman studied with Albert Masiello and Ignace Strasfogel and is now one of New Jersey’s prominent voice teachers. In addition to maintaining her voice studio in South Orange, she has given several master classes at Montclair State College. Since the inception of State Repertory Opera 25 years ago, Ms Delman has devoted her energies to the growth and success of this company, which she feels is becoming a major arts organization in New Jersey.   [ back ]


Maestro James Sadewhite.  Click for blow-up.

Maestro James Sadewhite (Conductor & Music Director) – began his conducting career at the age of 15, debuting as a student conductor of the Westchester County (NY) Youth Symphony in White Plains. Besides his duties as conductor of the State Repertory Opera, Mr. Sadewhite is Conductor and Music Director of the Summit (NJ) Symphony. the Chappaqua (NY) Chamber Orchestra, and Conductor at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. Maestro Sadewhite has appeared numerous times as a guest conductor, including a trip to Taiwan in 1989, where he conducted several Chinese orchestras. Mr. Sadewhite has completed a B.A. in performance from the State University at Potsdam, NY (1964-68) and two Masters degrees from Columbia University with a major in conducting. He has studied conducting with Norman Leyden, James DePriest, Seymour Rubenstein, Ascher Temkin, and has been advised by Sixten Ehrling at the Juilliard School.  

Maestro Sadewhite passed away on October 26, 2013. [ back ]






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