NVC Voice Events
The Northwest Vista College Music program in the Fine and Performing Arts & Kinesiology department presents Voice events for Spring 2023 featuring guest artist series, workshops and live performances in the Palmetto Theatre and Palmetto Recital Hall.
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WORKSHOP & MASTER CLASS
South Texas Chapter NATS Spring Audition Preparation
with Dr. Lee and special guest Dia Sohyun Park, piano
NVC Music is beyond excited about inviting Dia Sohyun Park as a collaborative pianist who will discuss the score analysis and share collaborative insights with NVC singers. Dr. Minkyung Lee will conduct a master class with selected outstanding vocalists who will participate in NATS South Texas Chapter Spring Auditions on April 1, at Austin Community College in Austin. NVC Singers will learn how to successfully prepare and execute their audition by choosing appropriate audition repertory to define skills with enhancing stage manners for their auditions. Selected singers participate in a masterclass to learn the expectations as they audition and showcase their abilities for maximum results.
Thursday, March 23
Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA 107)
Dia Sohyun Park, born in Korea, Seoul, received a Master's degree at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy. Presently, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin under Colette Valentine and Rick Rowley. She served in the Butler Opera International Competition as a pianist in May 2022 and joined the Music Academy of the West as a Collaborative Piano Fellow for the last two summers. Park was Eva and Marc Stern's fellowship pianist at Songfest and had an internship with the Castleman Quartet Program where she had the honor of collaborating with Charles Castleman. In Korea, she worked for the Seoul National University double bass studio as a collaborative pianist. During that time, she also served as an accompanist with the Seoul Baroque Chamber Orchestra Summer Festival. In addition to her work as a performer of traditional works, Park has had the privilege of performing new music by Sophia Gubaidulina at the Seoul International Music Festival, as well as Eric Ewazen and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich at the new music festival at Lynn University.
NVC HONORS RECITAL SOLOS
& ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL
Dr. Minkyung Lee will help selected advanced singers define their skills with enhancing stage manners for their solos and ensembles for both the NVC Honors Recital and their upcoming audition preparation. Selected outstanding singers from the NVC Music Program will work on their solos and ensemble with Dr. Lee. This group of soloists will rehearse art songs, opera arias, scenes from Opera, and famous musical theatre solos with a collaborative pianist, Jane Haas.
Monday, April 24
Recital Hall (PCA-107)
GUEST ARTIST SERIES
- APRIL 18 - Daniel Holly-Hunter, baritone & Allan Armstrong, piano
- APRIL 26 - Dylan Ramirez, NVC Alumni
Guest Artist Series I:
Daniel Hunter-Holly, baritone
& Allan Armstrong, piano
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30pm
NVC Spring Music Fest is thrilled to invite baritone Daniel Hunter-Holly and Allan Armstrong on the piano to perform together at the Palmetto Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. Daniel Hunter-Holly, baritone, is a Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. An active recitalist, having performed throughout North and Central America, he is also an acclaimed educator, receiving a University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015. More recently, he was selected by the National Association of Teachers of Singing as an Emerging Leader in the Texoma Region. Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is an assistant professor of music in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he specializes in art song literature and opera coaching. He is also the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for both the Colorado/Wyoming District and the Rocky Mountain Region.
“Mirages” is a recital featuring music that seeks to remind us to look beyond what we see, and to explore the dreams, delusions, reflections, mirages… The program includes American composer Judith Cloud’s settings of traditional Italian songs and arias, pieces by Mexican composer Salvador Moreno, songs from the AIDS Quilt Songbook, as well as Gabriel Fauré’s late masterpiece, Mirages, on poems by the baroness Renée de Brimont, composed immediately after the First World War. The preface to Brimont’s book of poems eloquently encapsulates this theme: “Music singing to the ear of the poet, visions from before the torment; dreams and nostalgia, reflections or mirages of that which persists despite everything, and which brings us calm in Nature’s eternity.”
Guest Artist Series II:
Homecoming: Broadway Bound
with Dylan Ramirez
Wednesday, April 26
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA 107)
NVC Music department is excited to invite NVC Music Alumni Dylan Ramirez for the Guest Artist Series this spring to collaborate with the Honors Recital program with outstanding musical theatre singers at NVC. His repertoires included: Run Away with Me from The Mad Ones by Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan, Time from Tuck Everlasting by Chris Miller, Anthem from Chess by Anderson, Rice & Ulvaeus, You’ll Be Back from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Being Alive from Company by Stephen Sondheim. Mr. Ramirez added more colorful harmony duets with captivating tunes through many musical jewels such as, I’d Give It All for You from Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown, Crazier Than You from The Addams Family by Andrew Lippa, and Dear Theodosia from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Dylan Ramirez is a junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio studying Vocal Music Education. He is currently a student of Dr. William McCrary and a former student of Dr. Melinda Brou and Dr. Minkyung Lee. Mr. Ramirez has performed in two shows as an undergraduate student, including Offenbach’s “Mesdames de la Halle” as Madame Beurrefondu and Lippa’s “The Addams Family” as Lucus Beineke with the TAMUK Opera and Musical Theater Workshop. Mr. Ramirez is an active participant in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and recently competed in Chicago, Illinois as a semi-finalist for the National Musical Theater Student Auditions. He has also been casted in Sondheim’s “A Little Night’s Music” as Len Cariou, with the UTSA Lyric Theater Workshop this spring semester.
NVC Concert Choir
& Solo Performances
Bright Star: Sure on this Shing Night
Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30pm
“Sure on this shining night of starmade shadows round, kindness must watch for me this side of ground….” Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night can be Found/Tonight to capture the beauty and wonder of James Agee’s poem. There are brilliantly talented people everywhere who do not receive the recognition and reward they deserve, but when they are armed with value and confidence, they flourish and grow. I want to make NVC Music the place to recognize their quality and help them find Where The Light Begins and shines like the Bright Star.
“Perhaps it does not begin. Perhaps it is always. Perhaps it takes a lifetime to open our eyes, … Perhaps this day the light begins in us.” Jane Richardson’s encouraging text reflects how all things are held together, and We Remember Them connects singers to resonate their voices to the audience. The joys awaiting the exquisite lyricism are expressed for the connections and stories we share through music, including Count the Stars, I am a Voice that Sings, and Measure Me, Sky! in this program.
NVC Honors Recital
Judith Cloud & Gian Carlo Menotti:
Italian Art Songs and Opera Arias
Monday, May 1 at 12:30pm
Recital Hall PCA-107
Dr. Minkyung Lee is excited to host the NVC honors recital for students who are selected because they have gone above and beyond in their studies for this special recital showcase. Composer Judith Cloud had long contemplated creating alternative settings of the 24 Italian Songs and Arias. Her vocal music has been described as “eminently singable, displaying a rich harmonic palate with an audience-entrancing sense of vocal line that is both dramatic and beautiful.” A powerful lineup of Italian Art Songs and Opera Arias by Gian Carlo Menotti will be added in this program. Outstanding soloists will feature thrilling repertoires with a collaborative pianist, Jane Haas.
NVC Concert Choir
Wednesday, May 3 at 1:00pm
Come and enjoy the final concert of the year with NVC Concert Choir’s Encore Choral Concert on the Patio. Vista’s exciting Concert Choir will open this Outdoor party with a well-crafted arrangement of Found/Tonight. The YouTube sensations, You Will Be Found from "Dear Evan Hansen" and The Story of Tonight from "Hamilton" will create an emotional mash-up. Susan LaBarr’s Where the Light Begins and We Remember Them share a message of significance, hope, and encouragement. The audience will find more musical jewels, including Count the Stars, I am a Voice that Sings, and Measure Me, Sky! in this program.
NVC MUSIC ALUMNI TALK SERIES
"The Art of Musical Theatre"
by Dylan Ramirez
Wednesday, April 26
11:00am - 11:50am
Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA 107)
NVC Music Alumni Dylan Ramirez will return to Northwest Vista College to share his growth and love for Musical Theater performing.
Mr. Ramirez is currently a junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio studying Vocal Music Education. He is an active participant in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and recently competed in Chicago, Illinois as a semi-finalist for the National Musical Theater Student Auditions. He has also been casted in “A Little Night’s Music” by Stephen Sondheim as Carl-Magnus Malcolm, with the UTSA Lyric Theater Workshop this coming spring. Mr. Ramirez will talk about his experience as a music student outside of Northwest Vista; he will share some tips and tricks to help students grow as music performers, elaborate on the NATS process, and finally review how to be successful in student auditions.