By Lindsay Yakimyshyn
On November 18th, Professor Kathleen Corcoran’s voice students will be featured in "A Celebration of Canadian Vocal Music."
The recital, which is held in the midst of Canada Music week, will honor contemporary Canadian composers. Corcoran feels that it is important to "recognize the valuable Canadian repertoire . . . [as] there are a number of Canadian composers whose music is overlooked."
The seven talented students of Corcoran’s vocal studio have been enthusiastically preparing their selections. Second-year vocal performance student Nick Sommers will be performing the work of Srul Irving Glick. Lesley Jensen, a fourth-year student, has undertaken the compositions of Jacques Hétu and Melissa Hui. The other composers that will be highlighted in the recital are Robert Ursan, Jean Coulthard, Nancy Teffer, Robert Fleming, and Harry Somers.
Audiences can expect the unexpected in the compositions being performed. Corcoran suggests that, because the music is contemporary, "the harmonic language is not predictable . . . it goes beyond what you would anticipate."
Aside from honoring contemporary Canadian composers, the recital is an opportunity for voice students to gain performance experience. Corcoran wants her students to have the benefit of performing. "I feel like there is a great need for these students to have performance opportunities so that when they graduate with a performance degree from [Augustana] they are at least on par if not exceeding the opportunities that students have on other campuses."
The recital will be hosted by Dr. Andriy Talpash, an award-winning composer and professor at the University of Alberta. Dr. Roger Admiral will be accompanying the students.
Join in the celebration of vocal performance and Canadian composition on November 18th at 7:30pm. The student recital will be held in the Faith and Life Chapel, and there is no admission charged.