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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst

For High School singers, their Teachers, Parents & others
Online Registration Form

We are very pleased to announce that the annual Voice Area Open House at the University of Massachusetts will be held on Saturday, October 11th! The event is open to high school singers, their teachers, parents and other interested parties.  It will feature a panel discussion/Q&A session on the collegiate audition process.  We will talk about what to expect in a college audition and how best to prepare for it.  This will be followed by a mock audition session for high school students with feedback from the UMass voice & choral faculty.

After a break we will be pleased to present acclaimed baritone Andrew Garland in recital, winner of the 2013 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Artist Award.  Andrew is a UMass alum and he will present a program entitled "The Quest - Don Quixote and Other Wanderers" with highly respected collaborative pianist Warren Jones.

All events take place in Bezanson Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and are free of charge. We ask that you fill out a short online Registration form.  If you would like to sing in the Mock audition, please indicate that on the form.

UMass Amherst Voice & Choral Faculty:
Marjorie Melnick
, William Hite, Dana Schnitzer
& Dr. Tony Thornton (click on name for bio)

Marjorie MelnickMarjorie Melnick William HiteWilliam Hite Dana SchnitzerDana Schnitzer Tony ThorntonTony Thornton

Saturday, October 11 Schedule     Register online
12:00 PM - Arrival and Registration
12:30 PM - Panel talk and Q & A: The Collegiate Voice Audition
1:30 PM - Mock auditions for visiting high school students with UMass Voice faculty
3:00 PM - Break
4:00 PM - Andrew Garland & Warren Jones in recital: "The Quest - Don Quixote and Other Wanderers" with music from Man of La Mancha as well as Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Ravel & Gabriela Lena Frank

American baritone Andrew Garland has been saluted by The New York Times as having a “distinctly American presence” who is “an able and comfortable performer, and a sincere one,” and by Opera News as having “coloratura [which] bordered on the phenomenal as he dashed through the music’s intricacies with his warm baritone, offering plenty of elegance and glamour in his smooth acting.”  In 2013, he released his fourth commercial CD: American Portraits on the GPR Label with pianist Donna Loewy. Andrew has won the highly prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, as well as several other vocal competitions. Equally at home in opera, concert and recital, he is best known for his highly communicative style of singing.
Andrew GarlandUMass alum Andrew Garland
Photo by Matt Madison-Clark

Pianist Warren Jones was named "Collaborative Pianist of the Year" in 2010 by Musical America.  He has performed with internationally-known artists such as Stephanie Blythe, Denyce Graves, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Ruth Ann Swenson, Bo Skovhus, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, Håkan Hagegård, and Kathleen Battle, at such venues as Carnegie Hall,  the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, and Caramoor Festivals,  Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Fenice, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, and Lincoln Center.  He has been invited to the White House by three American presidents to perform for foreign dignitaries.  On the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Jones has a discography of 25 recordings.


Warren JonesWarren Jones
Photo by Lisa Kohler

Questions:  Marjorie Melnick, Senior Lecturer in Voice,

Sponsors: Voice Area and Piano Area, UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance, with help from the Stark Vocal Enhancement Fund and the Alviani Fund.

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