World-Renowned Opera Singer to Give Master Class at Vassar College
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Eight voice students at Vassar College will have the privilege next week to work under the tutelage of one of the world’s greatest opera singers.
World-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw will give a master class at Vassar at 4 p m. Dec. 9 in the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall in Skinner Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Upshaw is a recipient of the 2012 Opera News Awards recognizing her achievement in opera and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was the first vocalist to receive the genius prize when she was named a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 2007. She has received honorary doctorates from Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, Illinois Wesleyan University and Allegheny College.
In addition to her operatic performances ranging from works of Handel and Mozart to Stravinsky, Debussy, Poulenc and Messiaen, Upshaw is most known for her recitals, featuring unusual contemporary pieces as well as lieder, folk songs, show tunes, and her classical repertoire. She is a recording artist for Nonesuch Records and has won four Grammy Awards. Her recording of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 has sold over a million copies around the world.
Upshaw is also artistic director of the vocal arts program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and serves on the faculty of the Tangelwood Music Center. She also gives master classes and workshops to young singers in a variety of settings.
For the master class at Vassar, eight voice students from the college will work with Upshaw on pieces they have prepared.
“We are incredibly excited to have Dawn Upshaw here at Vassar for a master class,” said Christine Howlett, director of choral activities. “There is so much to learn from watching an artist of this caliber work with eager, talented and hardworking students. I’m absolutely thrilled that she has agreed to come and work with our students.”
Vassar is at 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. Directions to the campus and Skinner Hall can be found at http://info.vassar.edu/visit/maps/.