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Soprano Dawn Upshaw to give master class with voice students on December 9, 2013

World-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw will give a master class at Vassar College on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the Marry Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall in Skinner Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Upshaw is a recipient of the 2012 Opera News Awards recognizing her achievement in opera, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was the first vocal artist to receive the “genius” prize when she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation in 2007. She has received honorary doctorates from Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, Illinois Wesleyan University and Allegheny College.

In addition to her operatic performances ranging from works of Handel and Mozart to Stravinsky, Debussy, Poulenc and Messiaen, she is most well known for her recitals, featuring unusual contemporary pieces as well as lieder, folk songs, show tunes, and her classical repertoire. She is a recording artist for Nonesuch Records and has won four Grammy Awards. Her recording of Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 has sold over a million copies around the world.

Ms. Upshaw is also artistic director of the vocal arts program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and serves on the faculty of the Tangelwood Music Center. She also gives master classes and workshops to young singers in a variety of settings.

For the master class at Vassar, eight voice students from the college will work with Ms. Upshaw on pieces they have prepared. Christine Howlett, director of choral activities said,  "We are incredibly excited to have Dawn Upshaw here at Vassar for a master class.  There is so much to learn from watching an artist of this caliber work with eager, talented, and hard working students. I'm absolutely thrilled that she has agreed to come and work with our students. “

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Vassar is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, November 7, 2013