Soprano-rama: The Three Sopranos 

Featuring Dorothy Maddison, Lucy Hoyt and Brenda Witmer with Jane Estenson Strauman, flute, and Tracey Schimmel Reed, piano

Tue, Sep 19 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL

Soprano-rama: The Three Sopranos 

Featuring Dorothy Maddison, Lucy Hoyt and Brenda Witmer with Jane Estenson Strauman, flute, and Tracey Schimmel Reed, piano

Tue, Sep 19 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


JMU voice faculty members Dorothy Maddison, Brenda Witmer and Lucy Owen Hoyt come together to perform a concert featuring music by Bach, Handel, Mozart, and more!

Soprano Dorothy Maddison has a B.M. honors and distinction from St. Olaf College and an M.M. and D.M.A. in vocal performance from ASU. During her 20-year professional career in Europe, Maddison was a full-time soloist with the Stadttheater Döbeln (Germany) where she had lead roles in Les Contes d’HoffmannLucia di LammermoorOrphée aux Enfers, and Le Nozze di Figaro. She sang Christine in the Yeston-Kopit version of Phantom. She is co-author of Kein’ Angst Baby!, a guide book for singers in the German audition process. Maddison is associate professor of voice at JMU.

Lyric soprano Lucy Owen Hoyt is an active recitalist, oratorio soloist and teacher of voice with a passion for French mélodie. She was recently invited to perform an All-French recital at the Louvre in Paris for their 2019 Concert Series. Her oratorio roles include Gabriel in Haydn’s Creation, the Brahms’ Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Currently on faculty at JMU, Hoyt holds degrees from Westminster Choir College, JMU and UNC-Greensboro. 

Soprano Brenda Witmer has been described as singing “with deep emotional involvement and an upper register of pure silver” (Washington Post). She has performed with the St. Charles Art and Music Festival, Savannah Onstage International Music Festival, Richmond Music Festival, Staunton Music Festival, Shenandoah Bach Festival, JMU’s Contemporary Music Festival, Český Krumlov Music Festival (Czech Republic), International Roussel Festival (France and Belgium), Operafestival di Roma (Italy). Witmer serves on the summer voice faculty of InterHarmony International Music Festival. 


HIGHLIGHTS


  • The female a cappella quintet Nobuntu will perform traditional Zimbabwean songs, Afro-jazz, and gospel music!



  • Catalyst Quartet will be "nothing short of fantastic." (Lincoln Journal Star)



  • "Rock stars of the percussion world," So Percussion is pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture.


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