A VOCAL MASTER CLASS will be held at the Soo Theatre Project, 534 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, mi 49783 on Tuesday, November 7th at 7pm in Studio C. This event is open to the public. the suggested donation is $10.
What is a Master Class?
A master class is LIKE a mini concert or recital. Singers perform in front of an audience followed by a working session with the “Master.” A master is a trained professional in the field. The master works with the performers on technique, presentation, interpretation and stage presence. It is a great opportunity to learn from one another by essentially turning a private vocal coaching or Lesson in to a public lesson.
Come to the Soo Theatre on Tuesday, Novemeber 7 at 7 to hear some of our talented young students as they perform for one of our favorite opera singers, Thomas Gunther.
Gunther and Beacom will also be performing in A Rodgers and Hammerstein Tribute at the Cedarville High School on Monday, November 6 at 7pm.
Please join us for these special vocal events in the month of November.
Master Class Clinician, Thomas Gunther
Thomas Gunther completed his coursework for his doctorate at the University of Kentucky in addition to his Artist Diploma at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He is quickly making his presence felt on the operatic scene both nationally and internationally. Recently he was Opera in the Heights’ Schaunard in La Bohème and Dandini in La Cenerentola. Recent performances have included Silvio in I Pagliacci, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Mercutio in Romeo et Juliet. He has been the title role in Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Schaunard in La Bohème with the Dominican Republic National Symphony, and performed in San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program’s production of composer André Previn’s: A Streetcar Named Desire in the iconic role of Stanley Kowalski. Among other roles performed include Javert in Les Misérables, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, Marcello in La Bohéme, Billy Bigalow in Carousel, The Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Silvio in I Pagliacci. In the prestigious Metropolian Opera Competition Mr. Gunther has advanced to the second round four different times; twice in the Upper Midwest and twice Mid-South Regions respectively. He was also a finalist in the Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center Competition. In 2016 he was awarded Second Place in the nationwide competition with National Association of Teachers of Students Artist Awards.
Accompanist, Karen Hughes Beacom
Karen Hughes Beacom has been teaching at the Soo Theatre Project since its beginning in 2005. In addition to maintaining a private voice studio, Karen serves as Artistic Director of the Soo Theatre Project and Soo Opera. Karen is also an adjunct professor of music at Lake Superior State University. An Upper Midwest finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Karen has also placed first in the Classical Singer Emerging Artist competition in Philadelphia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor’s Degree in Harp Performance from DePauw University. During the summer season, Karen serves as the music director of Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island and of the Great Lakes Chamber Chorus.
ALSO IN NOVEMBER:
The Soo Theatre Orchestras will be presenting an all strings concert on Monday, November 13 at Calvary Baptist Church in Sault Ste. Marie. Admission is by donation. Concert is directed by Dottie Case and Maggie Twining.
DALLER AND SPEER, the duo comprised of John Daller and Doug Speer will be performing The Greatest Hits of Rock-n-Roll with local barbershop quartet Notorious on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online at www.sootheatre.org or at the Soo Theatre Box Office at 906-632-1930.
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