Kevin Bylsma, pianist and vocal coach, has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as an organist, pianist, and accompanist, and is a frequent recital partner to Irina Mishura and Michelle DeYoung. His credits as a music director, chorus master, and répétiteur include Toledo Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, OPERA!Lenawee, Lyric Chamber Ensemble of Detroit, Papagena Opera Company of Ann Arbor, and the Marquis Theatre of Northville, Michigan. Mr. Bylsma has served as principal keyboardist for several orchestras in the Great Lakes region, and has been the winner of a number of competitive awards, including the Robert Glasgow Organ Scholarship from the University of Michigan, and the Lucille Mehaffie Young Artist Award. Currently he is the opera/vocal coach at Bowling Green State University, in addition to his positions as Artistic Director of The Ann Arbor Festival of Song, and Assistant Organist at the historic Mariners' Church of Detroit.
Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and Kevin Bylsma have been musical partners since 1990. Their credits as a performing duo include the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, the Society for New Music, the Cleveland Art Song Festival, Pro Musica of Detroit, Camphill Village of Copake, NY, and the venerable Civic Morning Musicals series at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY. In 1994 they founded the Art Fair Song Fest, which eventually gave birth to its own parent organization, The Ann Arbor Festival of Song, featuring year-round offerings of art song and vocal chamber music.