UA Offers Opportunities for High School Musicians

Oct. 27, 2015

Joseph Gouge, a UA junior majoring in music education, organized an event at the Fred Fox School of Music this month involving dozens of high school students. (Photo credit: Levi Pratt)

This month, 70 students representing schools from throughout the state participated in the University of Arizona High School Honor Choir, conducted by Elizabeth Schauer, a UA associate professor of music and the associate director of choral activities.

In addition to the rehearsals and concert, the event featured courses taught by UA faculty, a campus tour, a directors' workshop and games. The event included performances by 2015 Distinguished High School Soloists Anessa Johnson and David Ingram, and performances by UA students Antonio Cruz and Caroline Crawford, as well as the Symphonic Choir and the Arizona Choir.

Also, members of the UA Symphonic Choir will be in Phoenix Nov. 6 for performances at Highland High School, Mountain View High School and Corona Del Sol High School.

"The concert tour is an opportunity for the singers to deepen in their performance and understanding of the music they will share, to present high quality choral literature performed at an advanced level to the high school students, and to attract serious young musicians to the Fred Fox School of Music," Schauer said.

She noted that the UA students will be performing in honor of the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Next year marks the annivesary of Shakespeare's death, and the UA Libraries, Arizona State Museum and the School of Theatre, Film and Television – like the School of Music – are among the units on campus that will be hosting events to commemorate the anniversary. During the Phoenix performances, the Symphonic Choir will present works composed and performed during Shakespeare's lifetime, and other pieces whose texts are taken from from Shakespeare's plays, Schauer said.

Karin Nolan offers a course on careers in music for high school students. (Photo credit: Levi Pratt)

Anessa Johnson, a student at Buena High School, was one of the two UA High School Honor Choir Distinguished Soloists selected to perform her audition solo during the Festival Concert. (Photo credit: Levi Pratt)

Kristin Dauphinais presents a master class in vocal technique and performance skill. Tenor Griffin Le Blanc of Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics is accompanied by DMA student Douglas Leightenheimer. (Photo credit: Levi Pratt)

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