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Students shine in Semele

Semele lifted up promo publicity picCheck out this Seattle Times review about last weekend’s stunning production of Handel’s Baroque opera Semele!  There is much cause for celebration in the success of this collaboration between the choir and voice divisions at UW and Pacific MusicWorks. The chorus consisted of members of Chamber Singers, UW Chorale, Men’s Glee and Recital Choir. Students in solo roles included Chris Kouldukis, Emerald Lessley, Christina Kowalski-Holien, Joseph Muriello, Brianna Atwell and Dakota Miller. Next year’s production will be Mozart’s Magic Flute- tune back for more details soon.

Dr. Kari Ragan introduces new vocal health study

Dr. Ragan initiates new vocal health study

Dr. Ragan initiates new vocal health study

Trials have started using singers from the University of Washington voice department, as part of a national study initiated by Dr. Kari Ragan entitled “The Pedagogical Basis for Vocal Cool Down Exercises.”  The purpose of the study is to determine whether “cool downs” can have a beneficial effect for singers in a similar way to “warming up.” Here at UW we are very excited to be at the cutting edge of new discoveries in voice science!

Orpheus Ensemble Shines at Issaquah HS runout

Orpheus at Issaquah 2014 University of Washington Orpheus Ensemble, under the direction of DMA candidate Kristin Lindenmuth, appeared live at Issaquah High School’s assembly last Friday with opera scenes and a Q and A session.  Issaquah HS solo and ensemble participants were invited to the stage for the last scene to share in the performance.  Keep your eyes out for updates of when you can see Orpheus Ensemble on campus in the near future! The Orpheus Ensemble is comprised of top undergraduate and graduate students from the vocal performance program at University of Washington.

Ingo Titze visits UW campus

Nationally acclaimed voice specialist Dr. Ingo Titze visited the University of Washington campus last week, and met with students in vocal performance and speech and hearing sciences.  His visit demonstrates the exciting possibilities inherent in collaborations between our two departments.  Special thanks to Dr. Ragan for her leadership in bringing Titze to campus!


Fall Opera Theater Concert

Opera Theater 2013

Don’t miss our fall opera theater concert, under the direction of Professor of Voice Thomas Harper. Students have been hard at work creating scenes from Maria Stuarda, The Magic Flute, Die Meistersinger, Cendrillon, Le Nozze de Figaro, and Rigoletto.  Performances are December 6, Friday at 7:30 pm, and December 8, Sunday, at 2 pm at the Jones Playhouse.  Ticket information can be found here.