Michael Lotano, originally from Schenectady, is a local singer, actor and educator who received his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a minor in Acting/Directing from the same college. Michael teaches general music and chorus at Tesago Elementary in the Shenendehowa School District, as well as private voice lessons locally. He has directed the Drama Clubs at Shenendehowa High School and Tesago Elementary. Michael recently directed A Midsummer Night's Dream, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Noises Off, Lost In Yonkers and Grease at Shen. He also directed Legally Blonde and music directed Sweeney Todd at Schenectady Light Opera Company. He was last seen on stage in Terrance McNally's Master Class with The Creative Place International. He has performed locally as a professional soloist with the Mohawk Valley Chorus, Octavo Singers, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and the Russell Sage Singers. Michael has performed many roles on stage with such groups as Not So Common Players, Cohoes Music Hall, Park Playhouse, Opera Saratoga and SLOC. He also completed a summer as a Young Artist in the Intermezzo Opera Festival in Tampa, FL. He served as Artistic Director, Director and Music Director for four years at Saratoga Children's Theatre. Michael is a trained NYSSMA All-State Adjudicator for Voice. He has also served as music director at O'Rourke Middle School and Ballston Spa High School. As an educator and director, Michael enjoys working with children and adults of all ages. His main goal is to educate and inspire students to work hard to achieve their potential as performers and citizens. He looks forward to another creative and fun summer of producing great shows!
DANIEL LYNG Director / Music Director
Daniel Lyng is a student at the Eastman School of Music. He is pursuing a Bachelors of Music Degree under the tutelage of Jan Opalach. Daniel is a winner of the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Vocal Competition and the Saratoga Warren County Music Educators Association Competition. He has performed as a soloist with the NYS Conference All-State and Area All-State mixed choirs, the New York State Summer School of the Arts: School of Choral Studies mixed choir, Shenendehowa Choraliers and Mostly A Capella, and the Capital District Youth Chorale. Recent roles include Ko-Ko in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Harry Murphy in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Frank in Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Eastman Opera Theatre. Most recently, he was asked to originate the role of Tom Wild in Dear Diary as part of Geva Theater’s Festival of New Theater. In addition, Daniel has served as Music Director and Assistant Music Director at Cohoes Music Hall, Saratoga Children’s Theater, and Shenendehowa High School, among others. Daniel maintains a private voice studio in Clifton Park, NY, and teaches at other institutions including The Hochstein School of Music and Dance and Strike it Up Artistic Center.
RACHEL ROCKWELL Director
Rachel Rockwell is a recent graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a minor in Music Business. Rachel has worked as part of the production staff of many local school and community shows such as Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Shatekon Elementary), Once Upon a Mattress (Tesago Elementary), James and the Giant Peach Jr. (Forts Ferry Elementary), and Fiddler on the Roof (Not So Common Players). She is very passionate about music education and enjoys watching her students learn, grow, and make new discoveries. Rachel is so excited to be starting her first summer as part of the Shen Summer Adventures Staff!
SARIAH ASHTON Director /Music Director
Mrs. Sariah Ashton is a K-8 General Music Teacher at Hudson Falls Central School in Washington County. Sariah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where she majored in Voice and accompanied choirs and solo instrumentalists and singers. Mrs. Ashton is an enthusiastic supporter of music education in schools and believes music teaching to be the best job in the world! In Washington County, she performs recitals for local food pantries and other such efforts, she accompanies the Argyle Community Choir whose efforts are the major funding for Argyle’s Operation Santa Claus, and serves as Organist, Youth Leader, Choir Director and Music Chairperson at her church. She also keeps busy with her private voice and piano studio. Mrs. Ashton lives in Greenwich with her husband, and one-year-old son. This is her third year at Shen Summer Adventures and she is so thrilled to be directing Seussical Jr. and music directing The Little Mermaid Jr.
MARC DE LE CONCHA Choreographer
Marc de la Concha is excited to return to Shen Summer Adventures after directing Once on this Island last summer! Marc is a native of Schenectady and has been working for the past 11 years as an Actor and Educator both nationally and internationally. Recent Directing Credits include James and the Giant Peach, The Lion King KIDS, Into the Woods and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Marc has performed in National Tours of The Drowsy Chaperone, Peter Pan and Discover Theater: Featuring Disney’s Cinderella and Disney’s The Jungle Book. Other recent regional credits include Singin in the Rain, The Baker's Wife, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, Nunsense A-Men and Miss Abigail's Guide To Dating Mating And Marriage. Marc attended SUNYFredonia and received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.
JESSICA MCROBERTS Choreographer
Jessica McRoberts has had the pleasure of performing on Broadway, National Broadway Tours and some of the finest Regional theaters in the country for over 20 years. She has worked on shows with some of the most brilliant people such as Stephen Sondheim, Maury Yeston, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Gwen Verdon, Kathleen Marshall, Jerry Mitchell, David Marquez, Chet Walker, Wayne Cilento, Matthew Warchus, Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, David Leavau and Craig Carnelia. She has had the privilege of seeing the business from both a dancer’s and a singer’s perspective. Jessica is versatile in both of these fields and well as being behind the scenes serving as Dance Captain on productions as well. She is currently on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College as well as The Atlantic Theater Company.
CORY MOON Assistant to the Artistic Director
Cory Moon is a Music Teacher at Arongen Elementary School in the Shenendehowa Central School District where he teaches General Music and Chorus. Cory earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he studied Voice and Piano. Cory also teaches at the Capital District Youth Chorale (CDYC) in Guilderland under the direction of Diane Warner. Cory is a regular accompanist for area Schools and Community Groups. He has been the Asst. Music Director and Conductor for Anything Goes and Damn, Yankees! with Not So Common Players and played in the pits for Oliver and The Music Man. This is Cory's second year at Shen Summer Adventures and is excited to be back and working with this great team!