Alexandra Razskazoff (BM ‘14, Voice) tied for first place at the Academy of Vocal Arts 2017 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition this past weekend in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Razskazoff studied with Stanley Cornett, and has had a busy schedule recently, singing Musetta in La Boheme at Minnesota Opera and participating in the young artist program at San Francisco Opera Center in Merola.
Faculty artist Denyce Graves has been elected to OPERA America’s board of directors. This board works to advise OPERA America on emerging trends, and helps in the implementation of new programs for the company.
Frances Pollock (MM ’15, Voice) has been selected as one of six composers to participate in Composers & the Voice, a two-year training program where composers, librettists, and singers collaborate to create new vocal works. This season’s artistic chairs for the program include Ricky Ian Gordon, Davit T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Tobias Picker, Stephen Schwartz, and Gregory Spears.
Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice) will present a recital on October 15 at the Contemporary Music Concert Series: This World of Yes in Fort Wayne, Ind. Ihnen and saxophonist Alan Theisen will present modern works by Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Anna Brake, Ryo Noda, Chelsea Williamson, Michael Young, John Cage, Antoine Beuger, Jessica Rudman, Alan Theisen, and Nick Zoulek. She will also present a recital at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Glendale, Calif., on October 21, featuring new music by George N. Gianopoulos and Ryan Keebaugh.
Molly Young (MM ’13, Voice, Early Music), who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer this past February at age 29, was featured on Self magazine’s website for her coping mechanism. She’s spending her chemotherapy sessions creating music videos complete with costumes, makeup, and lip syncing.