Written by guest blogger Dr. Ann Marie Daehn, Opera Theater Director
The Little Opera that Could!
I am so excited to tell you that our opera program was selected by a jury of experts to compete at the National Opera Association (NOA) National Convention Scenes Competition! Six students will represent us in front of directors from opera companies and university programs across the country and around the globe. Serving as Opera Director, I have selected a cross section of our student singers. They include senior performance major Brittany Griffin, senior music education/performance major Tyler Schlesselman, senior music theater major Alex Baylard, junior music theater major Adam Grimes, FRESHMAN voice performance major Aiyana Williams, and master’s student in piano performance, James Benecasa. They will compete in Greensboro, North Carolina, on January 8th and then get to enjoy the many master classes and networking opportunities of the convention.
Opera has become a vital and collaborative opportunity for students of many majors. These living, learning opportunities have spanned the gamut from outreach at Robberson Elementary, collaboration with Art and Design to make Ellis Hall shine in Magic Flute, work with Theatre and Dance on last season’s hit show, Pirates of Penzance , and the troupe transported us back in time with Purcell’s chamber opera, Dido and Aeneus.
I bet you’re wondering where you can see them perform? Well, tickets will be available in January for the operetta, Die Fledermaus – a wonderful grand ball to take place in Springfield’s very own Savoy Ballroom on April 17th and 19th. “Like” MSU Opera Theater on Facebook and we’ll make sure you have a chance to get to know these singers, see behind the scene updates on their work and that you’ll never miss a performance.
Two Missouri State University undergraduate composition students and a professor of music have had their compositions selected for performance at the Society of Composers, Inc. 2015 Region VI conference.
The preliminary round of the Young Artist Competition will be conducted by mail. The semi-final and final rounds will be held on Saturday, April. 19, in Ellis Recital Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. Applicants will be informed by mail of their acceptance into the competition and of their performance times in the semi-final round. Contestants should register with the competition coordinator one hour before performance time.
Recording arts educator Darcy W. Stevens has won an emPower Posi award for his music video, “It’s All Good.” This is a second Posi win for Stevens, who teaches Intro to Audio Techniques, Advanced Audio Recording Techniques and Recording Arts Practicum.
EmPower Music & Arts is a community dedicated to creating positive global change through music, writing and the spoken word. Members include musicians, song writers, artists, authors, performers, ministers and music directors. The company has been awarding Posi’s for 10 years.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, a total 6,854 Missouri State Springfield students and student volunteers contributed 386,508 hours of service to communities — locally, nationally and globally. Along with the Robberson outreach program, the University submitted two additional service-learning projects to be considered for the Honor Roll. Those included the Diversity Pep Talk program, led by Dr. Adena D. Jones with a team of psychology service-learning students, and spring immersion trips to New Orleans, Dallas and Chicago, where volunteer students worked to address problems in those communities.
About the 2014 Presidential Honor Roll
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.
The Henderson State University Wind Ensemble will play Durham’s concert band composition “Flight of the Monarchs,” and six Missouri State undergraduates will perform Cuebas’ song cycle “Clare Songs” for baritone, clarinet, violin, and cello.
Come to a fun-filled Saturday workshop, on February 7 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., for oboe and bassoon players in grades 7-12. Missouri State Professor Cynthia Green Libby (oboe) and Leigh Miller Muñoz (bassoon) will provide students with informative advice on playing oboe and bassoon, and coach district contest solos. The workshop will be held in Ellis Recital Hall.
Double reed ensemble performances will be held at 2PM.