Thursday, January 28, 2016

College of Music Students Go Backstage with Major Figures from the World of Opera

Each year, the College of Music brings numerous guest artists and scholars to campus to visit studios, present masterclasses, and give guest lectures. These activities enrich the educational experiences of students, strengthen their professional development, and widen the networks of relationships among the College, its students, and music professionals and organizations throughout the world.

In October, the College hosted two major figures from the world of professional opera. Lenore Rosenberg, Associate Artistic Administrator of the Metropolitan Opera and the former Director of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, presented a masterclass for voice and opera students and also worked one-on-one with students in private lessons. World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming also traveled to Tallahassee as the guest artist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra’s 35th Anniversary Gala Concert on October 16. Over 100 voice majors were special guests of the Symphony during the dress rehearsal with Ms. Fleming. The following morning, October 17, Ms. Fleming returned to the stage at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall and worked with four graduate students and answered audience questions during a masterclass sponsored by the College of Music and attended by nearly 200 faculty, staff, students, and friends.

In February, the College will host yet another great figure in the opera world: acclaimed mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne will be in residence as part of the College’s Housewright Eminent Scholar program. A celebrated opera singer and recitalist, Marilyn Horne is also the Vocal Program Director at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and founder of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting young singers and the art of the song. Ms. Horne will work with students in two separate masterclasses, and will interact with audience members during an open question and answer session. Each of these three events will take place in Opperman Music Hall, and are free and open to the public:

Marilyn Horne Residency Events

Monday, February 1, 2016
    7:00 p.m.    Masterclass

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    2:30 p.m.    Q&A
    7:00 p.m.    Masterclass