Conductors and Accompanist
A California native, Alyssa Cossey is a dynamic conductor and educator who brings a wealth of experiences and abilities to her position at the Fred Fox School of Music. Her successful record includes leadership of community and church choirs, collegiate ensembles, and middle school and high school groups.
Alyssa’s repertoire embraces a wide range of styles and genres from Haydn and Brahms to Britten, and from Broadway to the great choral-orchestral masterworks of the Western canon. In addition to her own considerable concert portfolio, Alyssa has prepared choral ensembles for performances with renowned orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony and the Michigan State University Orchestra, and for notable conductors such as Grant Gershon and James Conlon. Her ensembles have participated in state and national Invitational Festivals (Walt Disney Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall) and concert tours throughout the United States, and have experienced consistent recruiting success, with many programs doubling in size under her leadership.
Alyssa has extensive experience as a clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and presenter. As a student, she was the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and assistantships, including the Outstanding Music Graduate and Outstanding Alumni at California Polytechnic University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. Alyssa received a master’s degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton, and a doctorate in choral conducting at Michigan State University.
Nicky Manlove (they/them pronouns) is the founding artistic director of THEM Youth Ensemble, an LGBTQ+ and allied youth chorus in Tucson, AZ, and is guided by nearly a decade of experience in activism and community organizing. Having worked on issues from nondiscrimination legislation for LGBTQ youth to police brutality and the prison-industrial-complex, Nicky’s musical work seeks to grapple directly with power, oppression, and histories of domination in our complex world.
Nicky completed their undergraduate studies at Seattle University, where they served as Student Conductor for the Seattle University Choirs for two years. During this time, Nicky also prepared choirs for acclaimed harpsichordist and early music specialist Byron Schenkman, and sang with Seattle-based ensemble The Esoterics under the direction of Eric Banks. Nicky studied voice with tenor Ross Hauck.
Recently, Nicky was appointed as the Assistant Conductor for the University Community Chorus for their 2019/2020 season, and was selected to co-present at World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2020. Nicky is a graduate student in choral conducting at the University of Arizona with Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe.
Bulgarian pianist Ina Selvelieva has performed as soloist with many orchestras and has appeared in numerous solo and chamber performances in her native country, as well as in Austria, Germany, UK, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Colombia, and the United States. She has won numerous competitions both in Bulgaria and the United States, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the UW-Madison Beethoven piano competition. Her awards include the Pancho Vladigerov Competition in Bulgaria, the Grand Prix at the International Competition “Earth and People” in Bulgaria, and the Artist Presentation Society Award in St. Louis, Missouri, among others.
Under the guidance of Christopher Taylor, Ina Selvelieva earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at UW-Madison in 2007. Since then she has served on the faculty at St. Olaf College, UW-Madison, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has presented master classes throughout the world, including Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia; Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Conservatorio de Musica, Bogota; Xavier University of Louisiana, San Antonio College, and Stephen F. Austin State University, TX.
Her work as a collaborative pianist has taken her to festivals and summer camps, such as the Aspen Music Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Interlochen Arts Camp. As a rehearsal pianist, Ina has held the Sir John Fisher Foundation Junior Fellow – Repetiteur position at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. In 2015 she made her debut with the Scottish Opera as the Music Director and Pianist of the “Opera Highlights” Tour, and as a rehearsal pianist for the premiere of the opera “Pleasure” by Mark Simpsons with Opera Leads, UK. She has also worked as a Solo Repetiteur at the Wuppertal Opera in Germany. In addition, she enjoys working as an Assistant Director of the Allegra Academy and Festival in Bulgaria.