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2009.05.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Student Song Festival June 8-10 in Nebraska, Iowa

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the 2009 Festival of Song and Academy June 8-10.

The festival is designed to instruct student singers in the art and technique of classical art song literature. Each student will be given individual instruction in song preparation, vocal technique and diction by professional musicians invited to UNO for the event. Students will be coached on the meaning of text, diction and vocal production.

Professional musicians who have been invited to work with students include:

• David Mayfield of New York, NY;
• Geraldine McMillian of New York, NY;
• Elias Mokole of Omaha;
• Dr. Timothy Schmidt, of Forest City, Iowa; and
• Dr. Matthew Harden of Omaha.

A public master class open to the campus community and the Omaha area will be held at 3 p.m. each day June 8-10 inside the Strauss Performing Arts Center at UNO. The classes will give the public an opportunity to observe the festival professionals giving musical instruction to the students in a more intimate setting.

At 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13, selected festival participants will perform in a public concert.

An additional concert will be performed at the Methodist church in Lu Verne, Iowa, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. This concert will also feature selected by various festival participants.

All events happening during the 2009 Festival of Song and Academy are free and open to the public.

The Festival of Song and Academy (formerly known as the Lu Verne Festival of Song) is dedicated to bringing high-quality educational and performance opportunities to young, career-oriented singers, and to offer rich cultural experiences to the people of Nebraska and Iowa. Students and visiting professionals join together for a concentrated musical experience focused on the poetry and technical aspects of classical art song.

For more information on the 2009 Festival of Song and Academy, contact Dr. Harden at mharden@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3608; or visit www.songfestival.org.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908. This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to www.unomaha.edu/100/.

 

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