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Noted Tenor, Pianist Present Workshops this Weekend

  • Published: Sep 15, 2015 4:45PM

The Taylor University Department of Music is pleased to welcome tenor Dr. Robert Bracey and pianist Catherine Rollins for workshops on campus this Friday and Saturday.

Accompanied by Karen Beres (piano), Bracey will present Friends & Favorites, a guest voice recital in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall at the Smith-Hermanson Music Center, Friday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

At 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Bracey will host a vocal master class in Room 148 (Band Room) of the Smith-Hermanson Music Center. 

A concert and oratorio specialist, Bracey is Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

“Teachers of music have long programmed whole recitals or groups of pieces based on specific composers, poetic ideas, musical periods, instrumentation, and even curricular requirements,” he said. “The selection of repertoire for this recital was quite simple.  All of the songs presented here are favorites of mine. They are works I have assigned to my voice students over the past 28 years. Nearly all are pieces I have never had the privilege of performing myself. It’s now my turn.” 

The public is invited these free events featuring Robert Bracey.

Composer, performer, and teacher Catherine Rollin will present a piano pedagogy workshop Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rollin’s work as a composer has won her many distinctions. Among these, she has been commissioned by Clavier magazine, the Music Teachers National Association and the Michigan Music Teachers Association. Several of her compositions have been selected for the National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals Bulletin. She has also served as a judge on the national level for the MTNA Student Composition Competition and as a member of the prestigious panel of judges for the Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Contest.

Rollin has traveled to more than 50 cities in the United States and Canada to present her workshops. She earned a Bachelor of Musical Arts With Distinction from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music from Oakland University School of Performing Arts.

Rollin has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras and is an active chamber musician in the Detroit area. In recognition of her teaching ability, she was voted Teacher of the Year in 1987 by the Detroit Musicians League. Rollin is state and nationally certified by the Michigan Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. Her private students have won numerous statewide, regional, and national awards. 

Sessions scheduled to be presented for this one-day workshop are:

  • Technique and Artistry:  You Can’t Have One without the Other!
  • Jazz Basics in an Hour
  • A Showcase of Catherine Rollin Piano Music

Dave’s Music Den of Fort Wayne will also be present at the workshop with many of Ms. Rollin’s compositions available for purchase.

The public is invited. To learn more, contact Kathy Grile at kgrile@att.net for details. Cost for the Rollin workshop is $30 adults; $15 students.