NVC Voice Events


The Northwest Vista College Music program in the Fine and Performing Arts & Kinesiology department presents Voice events for Spring 2024 featuring guest artist series, workshops and live performances in the Palmetto Theatre and Palmetto Recital Hall.

For more information about NVC Voice events and courses contact:
Dr. Minkyung Lee
Associate Professor of Voice / Director of Choral Activities



Save the Date:

April 17 - NVC Concert Choir
                & Solo Performances




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    Dr. Lee's Master Class

    NVC Honors Recital Solos and Ensemble Dress Rehearsal

    Monday, April 22
    Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA 107)

    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 collaborative pianist, Jane Haas.


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    Professor Darlene Wiley's
    Master Class

    Audition Preparation with Singer’s Diction in French and German

    Tuesday, February 20
    Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA 107)


    Executive Director of Butler Opera International Competition and Emeritus Professor of Voice, Darlene Wiley from the University of Texas at Austin will conduct a master class for selected singers who will compete at competitions and scholarship auditions for their transfer into 4-year colleges as performance majors. Her masterclass lecture will cover the basics of singer’s diction in German and French, and review individuals’ audition pieces.

    Darlene Wiley was inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing in March, 2021. Her collection of Essays on the Human Voice, Singing and Spirituality, Singing: The Timeless Muse (2019) discusses the breadth and depth of the role of singing in the lives of conductors, composers, musicologists, theorists, philosophers and health professionals. Her performance career began as lyric coloratura at the Staatstheater Darmstadt performing over 50 roles in such operas as I Pagliacci, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Tales of Hoffmann, La Traviata and Le Nozze di Figaro. A veteran of over 1500 performances Ms. Wiley has sung at over 25 opera houses, including Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Kassel, Mainz, Ulm and Kiel. As an oratorio performer she has sung with the Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt, the Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Dallas Symphony and the Austin Symphony. In 1985 she gave her first Carnegie Hall Recital featuring the lieder of Mozart and Strauss. Darlene Wiley's broadcasting credits include PBS, Canadian Broadcasting, KUT, KLRU's Front Row Center, Deutschefunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Seoul Educational Broadcasting, and WFMT. At the University of Texas at Austin Wiley is director of the Vocal Arts Lab and supervisor of the DMA Vocal Pedagogy Program. Master Classes include Taejon, Seoul, Chuncheon, Pusan, Ulsan, Korea, University of Missouri, University of Kansas, Augustana College, Bluffton College, Pittsburg State University, Chopin Conservatory, Warsaw, L'Ecole du Opera, Liceo, Barcelona, Darmstadt, Germany, Oklahoma State University, College of Wooster, Akron University, University of West Virginia, Salzburg, and Austria. Awards include that of Distinguished Professor at Myong Ji University, Seoul, Korea and Sook Myong University, Seoul, Korea.


  • Spring Workshop
    Sunbeam Choi

    South Texas Chapter NATS Spring Auditions Preparation with Dr. Minkyung Lee

    Tuesday, April 9
    Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA-107)


    NVC Music is beyond excited about inviting Dr. Sunbeam Choi 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 the NATS South Texas Chapter Spring Auditions on April 13th at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. NVC Singers will learn how to successfully prepare and execute their auditions by choosing appropriate audition repertory that 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.

    Dr. Sunbeam Choi studied at Seoul Arts High School, received a BM at Yonsei University in Seoul, where he was awarded “The Honor Student” and an MM at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. He received a DMA at the University of Texas at Austin with David Renner and Greg Allen, where he was awarded teaching assistantship. He also worked with Paul Pollei, John O’Conor, Solomon Mikowsky, Felix Michael Deichmann, and Irene Peery-Fox. Dr. Choi has been an active educator, teaching as an adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University, a faculty member at Sejong Conservatory at Sejong University, and Gwangwoon University in Korea. He has been an adjudicator at several competitions and an active member of organizations such as MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). Occasionally, he is a speaker at conferences including the MTNA National Conference.

    Dr. Choi has won several competitions, including “The National Music Student Competition” in Korea and the American Protégé International Piano Competition. He has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in many cities around the world, including United States, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. He has performed in various music venues, such as Assembly Hall at Temple Square, Benayora Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall. He was featured as a soloist collaborating with orchestras including Seattle Ensign Symphony and performed live at “Classical 89” radio station. Currently, Dr. Choi is residing in the Austin area, performing Solo and Chamber recitals around the world, and teaching private piano lessons online and in his private studio.

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    The ERA Project: The Power of Women’s Liberation Movement

    Maureen Broy Papovich, soprano Jeanne Sasaki, piano

    Monday, March 4
    Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA 107)

    The ERA Project is a newly written set of songs for soprano and piano composed by Rain Nox with texts by Maureen Broy Papovich. The songs offer sublime music as they explore the passage of the 19th amendment of the US Constitution, the history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the National Women’s Party. The songs highlight the contributions of Ms. Papovich’s grandmother, Cecil Norton Broy (1890-1977), and provide reflections about the women’s movement today.

    Ms. Papovich was inspired to write about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) because of her grandmother, Cecil, who worked beside Alice Paul as the Political Chair Person of the National Women’s Party for 25 years. This concert presentation features Maureen Broy Popovich, soprano, and Jeanne Sasaki on the piano. Ms. Papovich will include a short lecture and slide show presentation as she discusses some of the history of the women’s movement, relevant facts as well as personal history and perspectives on the current movement.
    Ms. Papovich and Ms. Nox hope to bring attention to this important and ongoing fight for equality in the Constitution through the ERA. Hosted by the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington D.C., the ERA Project premiered (virtually) on August 23, 2020 and premiered in Bend, Oregon in May 2022.


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    NVC Concert Choir
    & Solo Performances

    Dream Community: We Shall Walk without Fear

    Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00pm
    Palmetto Theatre
    Free admission

    Dr. Minkyung Lee will conduct the NVC Concert Choir featuring choral masterpieces with the compelling theme of Dream Community: We shall walk without fear. Captivating lyrics will fill every heart with beautiful contemporary hymns and songs beyond the original empirical richness of the work. NVC Concert Choir will harmonize a well-crafted arrangement of A Capella, Salutation by Eriks Esenvalds and Esto Les Digo from Matthew 18 in Spanish. With impressive vocal moments and exquisite lyrics to deliver messages from both Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and prayers from "Psalm 56," NVC Concert Choir will harmonize a well-crafted arrangement of masterfully polished gems including, Father of Light, This is The Dream, and I Will Rise. Glory Day from the opera Gabriel's Daughter exemplifies a message of celebration of the dream community.

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    NVC Honors Recital I:
    On Stage: Musical Theatre Competition

    Monday, April 29 at 12:30pm
    LOH Amphitheater


    Showtime at NVC! On Stage: The Musical Theatre Contest will inaugurate stellar performances by outstanding singers who share the stage to perform famous musical theatre solos and ensembles. Dr. Minkyung Lee is excited to host the NVC honors recital for selected students because they have gone above and beyond in their studies for this special recital showcase. This group of soloists and ensemble singers will feature the most thrilling, ever-popular musical theatre repertoires. Audiences will participate in choosing their favorite singers for the Audience Choice Awards. The winner’s announcement and an encore performance will be presented at the Concert Choir Outdoor Performance on Wednesday, May 1st.

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    NVC Concert Choir
    Outdoor Performance

    Wednesday, May 1 at 12:45pm
    CCC Lakesteps

    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 talented jazz vocalists Hannah Botello and Sabrina Cioffi with powerful lineups of colorful jazz repertoires and the iconic jazz standards the audience will enjoy. Jazz pianist/vocalist Christian Williams will be on the piano to shine this exciting opening. Concert Choir’s well-crafted arrangement of A Capella, Salutation by Eriks Esenvalds and Esto Les Digo from Matthew 18 in Spanish will fill every heart with beautiful contemporary hymns and songs beyond the original empirical richness of the work. The audience will find more masterfully polished gems including Father of Light, This is The Dream, and I Will Rise in the program.


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    "Creating Opportunity in Performing Arts & Beyond"
    by Antonio Zubillaga

    Wednesday, April 24
    12:00pm - 1:45pm
    Palmetto Recital Hall (PCA 107)

    NVC Music Alumnus Antonio Zubillaga returns to Northwest Vista College and opens with a concert including songs and opera arias by J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Aaron Copland, Reynaldo Hahn, Giacomo Puccini, G. Verdi, and more. After the performance, Antonio will share his journey and insights on transitioning from Northwest Vista College to UTSA to build a college career in performing arts. His active participation in performances and competitions at the college level bring insight on celebrating achievements, learning from failure, and how to turn gained perspective into competitive advantages. Antonio will share the details of the application discuss the importance of creating performance opportunities, and advocating as a performing arts student.

    Antonio Zubillaga is a senior vocal performance major in the UTSA School of Music. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela and immigrated to the USA in 2003 at the age of sixteen. After High School he entered the workforce and it was not until his early thirties when he started his college career. It was at this time in 2018 when he decided to pursue music full time. During his years as a music student in NVC, Antonio was a part of the TMEA two-year college choir in 2019 and 2020. As part of the UTSA Vocal Area, he performed in Lyric Theater productions of Cendrillon by Massenett, The Abduction of Europa by Milhaud, The Bronze Idol by C. Stevens and El Gato con Botas by Montesalvatge. Other notable performances are the UTSA Vocal Arts Series for Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 as well as the NuMu music festival and the Verdi Project. After graduation in the Spring of 2024, he plans on continuing to perform as well as pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting and composition. He is married to Allen Brown, a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor pursuing a BA in Sociology and together they own two rescue dogs, Simon and Maggie.