Award-Winning Soloist Featured Performer for King Holiday
- Published: Jan 5, 2015 4:00PM
Award-winning mezzo-soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis will present Then Sings My Soul, a solo performance of inspirational American music, Monday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m., in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium on the Taylor University campus.
Lewis’ performance is part of Taylor’s celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, a day when regular classes across the University are suspended and the entire community is encouraged to join for a day of common learning. The public is invited to Lewis’ performance – there is no charge for admission.
Trained as a classical singer, Lewis just finished performing on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess 1st National Broadway Tour as U/S Bess. She appeared in the title role (Bess) numerous times to critical acclaim during the 2013-2014 season. For her opera performances, she has appeared in the title role in Carmen (Capital Opera Raleigh; Asheville Lyric Opera); Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Asheville Lyric Opera, Mansfield Symphony, Central Georgia Opera Guild); Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Connecticut Opera; Greensboro Opera); The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Carolina; Connecticut Opera); Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Vashon Opera; Greensboro Opera); Flora in La Traviata (Piedmont Opera); the Page in Salome (The Opera Company of NC; Connecticut Opera); and Papagena in The Magic Flute (Houston Ebony Opera).
Lewis has served on the voice faculties of Seminole State College (Sanford, FL), Valencia College (Orlando, FL), and Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC). She has also been a visiting guest artist and given vocal master classes and music business workshops for students at Trevecca Nazarene University, Fayetteville State University, Mount Olive College, NC A&T State University, Concord University, Johnson C. Smith University, Seminole State College of Florida, and Valencia College.
A native of Greensboro, NC, Lewis is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA in Voice Performance), The University of NC at Greensboro (MM in Voice Performance), and The AJ Fletcher Opera Institute (Professional Artist Certificate in Opera). Lewis is currently based in Seattle, WA and released her debut solo CD, Spirituals, in 2012. Learn more at www.CheryseMusic.com.