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Guest artists featured at voice recital at MUW

Date(s) - 01/24/2013
7:30 pm

Mississippi University for Women






COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music will present guest artists Christopher O’Rear, bass, and Roderick George, tenor, with Laurie Middaugh, collaborative pianist, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium of Poindexter Hall.

O’ Rear currently serves on the faculty of Gadsden State Community College on the school’s Ayer’s Campus in Anniston, Ala. He received the doctor of musical Arts degree from The University of Alabama where he studied in the studio of Dr. Susan Fleming and took operatic training under the direction of Dr. Paul Houghtaling at the University of Alabama Opera Theatre. While at the university, he was awarded the Wilbur C. Rowand Prize, awarded by Pi Kappa Lambda to the school’s top music student. Along with several colleagues from the university, he was a presenter at the fall 2009 meeting of The College Music Society. Dr. O’Rear has a wealth of experience in both opera and oratorio, receiving acclaim in roles such as Scarpia in Puccini’s “Tosca” and Tonio in Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.”

George is an associate professor of music and voice area head at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. He holds the doctor of music degree in voice performance from the College of Music at The Florida State University, and received advanced training in opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He maintains an active performance career in opera, concert and recital. His recent engagements include a company debut with Dayton Opera as Sportin’ Life in “Porgy and Bess,” the role of Roméo in “Roméo et Juliette” for the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Gérald in “Lakmé” with Union Avenue Opera (Mo.), and The Beadle in “Sweeney Todd” with Pensacola Opera.

Middaugh received the bachelor of music degree in piano performance at the University of Montevallo, where she was an honor graduate and a student of Joan Cowan. She also completed the master of music degree in piano performance at UM, and earned the DMA in piano performance from the University of Alabama as a student of Amanda Penick. For the past several years, Dr. Middaugh has served as an accompanist for student and faculty recitals, operas, revues, musical theater productions and chamber ensembles. She serves as musical director for musical theater productions in the Theater Department at the University of Montevallo. She is the keyboardist for the Alabama Symphony and is called upon in the Birmingham area as an accompanist for area professionals.

The voice recital, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series. For additional information, contact the Department of Music at (662) 241-6399.