I have been a member of the MacDowell Club Board for the last two years. The Club has been around for 102 years, and its mission is:
To further musical interests in Milwaukee, provide performing opportunities for professional and amateur musicians, and acquaint the general public with the number and excellence of local artists.
One of these performing opportunities will take place this Sunday, April 29 at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa. Eight performances between the ages of 14 and 19 will be performing for cash awards. The money was provided by the Argosy Foundation, and a stipulation of the competition is that the selections performed must include a piece composed in the last 20 years.
Four of my current students will be singing on this program. They are:
Anna Aiuppa – Vittoria, mio core; Till there was you; American anthem*
Stephanie Kritzell – Vergebliches Ständchen; V’adoro pupille; The lake isle of Innisfree
Siena Muehlfeld – Gia il sole dal Gange; Take, o take those lips away; On music*
Eileen Peterson – Silent noon; An die musik; This heart that flutters*
Donations of $5 are suggested and will go toward the Club’s scholarship fund.
Please come and support them! And while you’re at it, we’ll have a lot of PRE-1992 music for sale in the lobby. Prices will range from 50¢ to $3.
The music sale will begin at 1:30 and the competition will begin at 3:00. Awards will be given out sometime between 4:30 and 5:00pm.
Published by Mezzoid Voice Studio
Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass.
As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination.
Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.
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