Wade Artist Management
 

Martha Wade, President
Boyd Mackus, Artistic Advisor
Rodney Nolan, Artistic Consultant
Beth Wladis, VP of Operations

Martha Wade founded Wade Artist Management in 1999 to personally represent top level classical and jazz artists, combining her vast experience both as a professional musician and a former consultant to several other New York-based artist managements. Artists under Ms. Wade's auspices have performed with the New York City Opera, along with the opera companies of San Francisco, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Pittsburgh, Palm Beach, Nashville, Virginia, Cleveland, Anchorage, Lake George, El Paso, San Antonio, Mississippi, Chattanooga, Columbus, Toledo, Shreveport, Boise, Bard Festival, Utah Festival, Sarasota, Florentine, Mobile, Connecticut Grand, Waco, Syracuse Opera, Pensacola Opera, Mercury Opera, Nevada Opera Theatre, Nevada Opera, Tulsa Opera, Dallas Opera, Kentucky Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Greensboro Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Amarillo Opera, Opera East Texas, Teatro Grattacielo, Opera Naples, Fresno Grand Opera, Connecticut Opera and Santa Barbara Opera, Summer Opera Theater Company, Opera Theater of Lakeland, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, LA Opera, Light Opera of Oklahoma, among others, as well as concert engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Akron Symphony, Amor Artis, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the Frick Museum Concert Series in Pittsburgh, the Boise Philharmonic, National Chorale, Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Harmony Hall Regional Center.

Martha Wade, President

Ms. Wade's musical background makes her uniquely suited to the arts management business. Raised in a musical environment, she attended the Cleveland Institute of Music as a young girl where she studied viola, piano, and music theory, and sang in the Madrigal Chorus. Her brother was a concert pianist and later graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with further studies at the Yale School of Music. Martha regularly attended rehearsals and concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra under conductors Robert Shaw, Louis Lane, and George Szell. She later attended Ohio University, originally under scholarship for Music Therapy, but graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in piano performance. After graduation, she began her career as a accompanist with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival, working closely with conductors Robert Page and Joseph Flummerfelt, and at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where she played for master classes with such artists as Ned Rorem, Sir Michael Tippett, and Judith Blegen.

Today, Ms. Wade is well known for her outstanding vocal accompanying in New York and in the Midwest. She has appeared in recital throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Weill and CAMI Halls in New York, and the Cleveland Art Museum. Music critics have described her performances as "expert", "intelligent and sensitive", and "straightforward and unaffected". Sought after by performers and voice teachers alike for her sensitive and musical playing, as well as her command of a wide variety of styles, languages and vocal techniques, Ms. Wade has been a pianist in over 190 voice and dramatic teaching studios. She has performed in recital with both young singers and faculty members at such leading schools as the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Kent State University, and Akron State University, among others. She has held faculty positions at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and most recently at the acclaimed Actors' Studio of the New School for Social Research in New York, where she taught voice. Other affiliations as accompanist include the Ohio Light Opera and the Masterworks Chorale. Ms. Wade is also actively engaged in educating young singers on career development and music business issues and has taught Master Classes at several institutions, including New World School of the Arts, Baylor University, New Jersey City University, the University of Texas, the University of Alabama, The University of Akron, Utah Festival Opera, and Opera Noire.

In her spare time, Martha enjoys photography, golf, fishing, baseball (she is a devout Yankees fan!) and her cats Ferris and Tabitha, with whom she shares her home on Manhattan's upper west side.

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Boyd Mackus, Artistic Advisor

Baritone Boyd Mackus has enjoyed success in a wide variety of operatic, theater, and concert repertoire throughout the United States. He has appeared in major roles with the Goldovsky Grand Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, and the Urbana Symphony. Earning particular acclaim in the operetta and musical theater arena, Mr. Mackus has performed several leading and featured roles in works of Kalman, Lehar, Offenbach, Romberg, Strauss, Gilbert & Sullivan, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe and others. (“Boyd Mackus in the title role was masterful in his machinations, both vocally and histrionically taking command when asked to do so and forcefully holding to it.” Cleveland Press) Orchestral appearances have included works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Fauré, Vaughan Williams, and Orff with the Akron, Youngstown, Palm Beach, Evansville, and Canton Symphonies. (“[Mackus] is a dynamic and commanding singer with a marvelous voice that the ear reaches out to hear whenever he sings ... he single-handedly lifted the chorus and orchestra to its finest work of the evening. Grand Rapids Press)

Operatic roles include Rossini's Figaro, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Tonio and Silvio in I Pagliacci, and the title role in Gianni Schicchi. An active recitalist, a recent art song project of Mr. Mackus's was documented on National Public Radio's “Weekend Edition” with Susan Stamberg and his performance of Schubert's Winterreise was recorded live at the Cleveland Museum of Art and also featured on that network. (“Mackus sang with rich resonance, lovely line and mature musicianship.” Cleveland Plain Dealer) Mr. Mackus holds degrees from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan (B.M.), Michigan State University, (M. Ed.), and the University of Illinois (M.M.) where he was a student of Grace Wilson and John Wustman. He was a member of the voice faculty at Kent State University, where he was head of the vocal division. Mr. Mackus has recorded on the Newport Classics and Albany Records labels. Mr. Mackus maintains private voice studios in Ohio and New York City.

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Rodney Nolan, Artistic Consultant

Rodney Nolan, Artistic Consultant, has established an exceptional reputation for exciting operatic and concert performances in America and Europe. He has performed in Germany, Holland, France, Italy, and Switzerland at venues including the Munich Philharmonic, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

Mr. Nolan has sung 45 leading operatic roles and more than 50 concert parts. He has performed such unusual works as Penderecki’s Polish Requiem (with Penderecki conducting), Berio’s La Vera Storia (with Berio conducting), Janacek’s Osud, Musgrave’s Mary Queen of Scots, Floyd’s Willie Stark (directed by Floyd), and Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Standard works in his repertoire include Beethoven’s Ninth, Andrea Chenier, Carmen, Fidelio, and Lohengrin.

Recordings include Shostakovich’s Songs from Jewish Poetry with I Musici de Montreal on Chandos Records, Con Flor y Canto by Rodriquez, and Wagner’s Lohengrin, for which reviewers have acclaimed Mr. Nolan as "as truly a ‘heldentenor,’ the likes of which one does not encounter these days, even at Bayreuth."

Mr. Nolan has more than 25 years of teaching experience, during which he has provided vocal advice and guidance to hundreds of young professional singers, many of whom have gone on to perform with major arts organizations worldwide.

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Beth Wladis

Beth Wladis, VP of Operations

Beth Wladis was a senior manager at The New York Public Library where she held supervisory positions in both the Research and Branch libraries, recently retiring as Chief Librarian of the Mid-Manhattan Library, NYPL’s main circulating branch. Past professional activities included leadership roles in the American Library Association (president, Community Information Section) and the New York Library Association (president, Reference and Adult Services Section). As a singer, Ms. Wladis presented song recitals in New York City venues, including the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace and the Andrew Heiskell Library. She has been a member and featured soloist of the Oxford University Press Choir and composer Jonathan David’s group “Howl!”. Ms. Wladis holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Wade Artist Management
215 West 83rd Street, Suite #9A
New York, NY 10024