Husson University Offers Master Class to Local Vocal Students, Performers

Husson University Offers Master Class to Local Vocal Students, Performers

Date of Release: February 14, 2012

The Gracie Theatre at Husson University will hold a Master Class on Friday, February 17th at 3:30pm for five local singers, three of which are University of Maine vocal performance majors. The class is free and the public is welcome to observe the class. Participants in the class will receive instruction from International Opera performer Richard Troxell, who is in Bangor to perform "Puccini to Porter, an Evening of Opera and Song" on Thursday, February 16th at the Gracie Theatre.

Jeri Misler, Managing Director of the Gracie, invited Troxell to perform an evening concert highlighting various operas, including Puccini's Madame Butterfly. When he offered a Master Class, as well, she eagerly accepted. "The fact that a world-class vocalist is coming to Bangor, not only to perform but to offer local singers instruction is an opportunity too good to pass up. I saw a unique collaborative opportunity between Husson and UMaine and invited their students to participate. They were delighted with the collaboration and suggested several potential students for the class," Misler explained.

The students for the class include local tenor Ben Layman, known for his performances at Penobscot Theatre, and Elena DeSiervo, a soprano who has a degree in Voice from the University of Maine. Rounding out the class are current University of Maine students Rogan Winch (tenor), Cassandra Alley (lyric coloratora) and soprano Gwyn Morneault.

New York City pianist Karina Azatyan will accompany students during the class. Participants have been asked to select two contrasting pieces to work on, either classical or contemporary. Following the class, there will be a question and answer session with Richard.

For more information, please call the Gracie theatre at 941-7051. Tickets for the "Puccini to Porter" concert are $15.00 adults/$5.00 for students and are available at or at Rebecca's Gift Store, 43 Main Street, Bangor.

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