Baritone Rob McGinness (MM ’17, Voice) will make his Kennedy Center debut as the baritone soloist in the Brahms’ A German Requiem in November. The performance will be with the Washington Chorus, and will also feature Benjamin Britten’s Ballad of Heroes. The concert will take place on November 18, at 2:00 pm, at the Kennedy Center.
Claudia Friedlander (MM ‘95, Clarinet, Voice) released her first book, Complete Vocal Fitness: A Singer’s Guide to Physical Training, anatomy, and Fitness, in June. Friedlander, a voice teacher and fitness trainer based in New York City, has pioneered the concept of sport-specific training for singers and adapted principles of biomechanics and motor learning to accelerate progress in the voice studio. Complete Vocal Fitness presents her knowledge and expertise in a comprehensive, accessible format. With more than 100 hand-drawn anatomical illustrations and photographs, Complete Vocal Fitness offers singers of all styles and skill levels the tools to develop their individual voices into unique state-of-the-art instruments. The book was published by Rowman & Littlefield and is now available.
Alysia Lee (MM ’06, Voice) has been appointed the new Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education. As such, she will support and oversee K-12 Fine Arts instruction throughout the state of Maryland.
Julie Bosworth (MM ’14, Early Music Voice) and master’s candidates Katelyn Aungst, soprano, and William Meinert, bass, will be performing Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, commonly known as The Vespers of 1610, and Gabrieli’s In ecclesiis & Magnificat à 14 with the American Bach Soloists. There will be four concerts, two at St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere, Calif., on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, both at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, April 8, they will perform at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, Calif., at 4:00 pm. Finally, on Monday, April 9, they will perform at Davis Community Church, at 7:00 pm. Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.
At the Maryland/D.C. Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions on February 24, Katelyn Cherry and Laura Stanell each won their High School division, Elisabeth Stevens and Kristen Davenport placed first and second in the youth category, and Barrett Crawford and Christiane Scott were also passed through to Regionals after achieving a score above 90. Additionally, Autumn de Cosmo and Grace Null sang for Baltimore County Solo and Ensemble Festival and were passed through to the State level with the highest score of one. Earlier in the month, Emily Oberuch received a one in the Howard County Solo and Ensemble auditions and is also eligible to move on to the State competition. Congratulations to these hardworking students and their teachers Carol Cavey-Miles, Madeleine Gray, and Alina Kozinska.