Student Testimonials

SOARSBeing a part of the SOARS program in 2015 was an absolute joy. Not only were we in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, but the musicians who helped me grow also became great friends. Even after only two weeks of working with Elise DesChamps, my technique was changed and my voice opened up. It was a privilege to work with a faculty who was so invested in our personal growth. After performing the fight quartet from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I felt like I could conquer anything as a musician.

Christine Ebeling is a mezzo soprano from Topeka, Kansas. She is a senior Vocal Performance major at Oklahoma City University studying voice under Dr. William Nield Christensen. Most recently she sang the role of Grace Kelly in Jackie O and La Cieca in La Gioconda at OKCU, and will play Miss Jane in Floyd Collins in November.


I had an amazing time during my SOARS Program, in Petoskey Michigan. During my time at the SOARS Program, I learned a lot about myself personally and musically. Immediately following the SOARS Program, I had the opportunity to travel to New York City and participate in a musical theater workshop and work with Broadway professionals in a master class during my week program there. I just recently finished working at Walt Disney World, on an entertainment internship for 9 months which was an amazing opportunity. I will say, I’ve had some pretty amazing performing opportunities, post the Bay View Music Festival.

Ernest Pittman currently works as a flight attendant, and  at his local church. The SOARS Program had such a positive impact onhim, he would do it all over again.  


Bay View was the first summer program I ever took part in. It was the perfect first program, but it can benefit singers of all ages. The opportunity to work on art song and still do a little opera with the scenes program is an ideal combination for singers who need to garner more performance experience and expand their repertoire. Not only that, Bay View left me with friendships I know I will keep for life. The welcoming and homey environment left me thinking about Bay View long after I left. Oh, and the sunsets are incredible!

Since her time at Bay View, Alexandra Nowakowski went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Voice from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She later went on to attend the Academy of Vocals Arts, a premiere opera training program where she is now in her third year. In the summer of 2015, she was a member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, covering the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and performing in the Studio Spotlight. In the summer of 2016, she was a finalist in the Zinka Milanov International Competition in Croatia. She is a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Philadelphia, a 2nd place winner in the FAVA Concours de Chant, and winner of the ACPC Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition. This season at AVA, she will be performing Gilda (Rigoletto), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Pamina (Die Zauberflote).

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225

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