montclair 
new jersey
usa

Performance opportunities for singers. 
Social justice through arts accessibility. 
Musical education outreach.

Staff

General/Artistic Directors

Mia Riker-Norrie

General Director/Founder
Mia founded Opera Theatre of Montclair in January 2013.  Mia is also Director of Montclair Voice Studio.  She raised three children in Montclair and continues to live there with her husband, David T. Norrie, Esq.

As a soprano:

The New York Times
:  "Mia Riker-Norrie played Musetta with sterling control and brassiness worthy of Ethel Merman."  Opera News:  “Mia Riker-Norrie's high-energy portrayal of Adele offered dazzling top notes.”  The Villager:  She “inspired confidence from the moment she took the stage and retained full vocal command throughout.  Her Violetta was exciting…with artfully spontaneous diminuendos and descending phrases that draped themselves with silken fluidity.”  The Sun:  As Gilda, she “consistently hit the high notes in the score (not something that happens on a regular basis uptown).” Her teachers/coaches were the late Walter Blazer, Maria Vernole, David Reeves, Anthony Amato, Kurt Klippstatter and Sandra Darling.

Rebecca Eng

Assistant General Director
Rebecca Eng was raised in Montclair and is currently a resident of West Orange where she lives with her husband and two kids.  She is an award-winning piano teacher and collaborative pianist.   Rebecca has a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College and a Masters of Music in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.  She has performed at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and served as a staff accompanist at Montclair State University. Rebecca serves as the Chairperson for the Music Educators of New Jersey Annual Piano Competition. In addition, Rebecca is a busy soccer mom and active church member of Redeemer Montclair. She is the daughter of the late May Eng, a highly-respected Montclair piano teacher.

Artistic Support

Chorus/Orchestra

Alan Smulen

Chorusmaster
As a baritone, Alan has performed with New Jersey State Repertory Opera, Amato Opera Theater, Hudson Opera Theater, The Little Opera Company of New Jersey, Verismo Opera of New Jersey and Utopia Opera. Recent roles include Schaunard inLa Bohème, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Doctor Bartolo in both The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville the title role in Don Pasquale and Valère in Le Médecin malgré lui.  Alan studied conducting with Amy Kaiser and Yakov Kreizberg at Mannes College where he received his Masters of Music.

Donna Dixon

Manager of Orchestral Personnel
Donna Dixon-Olson, clarinet, serves as the orchestra manager for The Opera Orchestra of Montclair. Donna resides in Ramsey, NJ, and began studying clarinet at the age of 12 with the late Jerome Stowell of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has since attended master classes with Leon Russianoff, Ben Armato and Karl Herman. In addition to being Principal Clarinet with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, SOMA Orchestra and the Ramsey Wind Symphony, she is a member of Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble. She has been a featured soloist with the New Jersey Metropolitan Orchestra and the Saddle River Wind Ensemble (Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the Mendelssohn Concertpiece #2 for Two Clarinets). Donna was also featured in Opera Theatre of Montclair's performance of Der Hirt auf dem Felsen at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.
Board of Trustees - 2017

Mia Riker-Norrie, President
Rebecca Eng, Vice President

VACANT, Secretary
David Nussenbaum, Treasurer

OTM is seeking to expand its Board of Trustees.  It needs a true WORKING board with an emphasis on fundraising. If you would like to help OTM reach the next artistic level and support its vision of creating opportunities for singers, promoting social justice through accessibility to the art form and continuing educational outreach programs, please contact Mia Riker-Norrie at [email protected] .