TC to host faculty collaborative art event

Tabor Arts will host “Images,” a collaborative visual and performing arts event, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Tabor College Chapel. The recital and art show features the work of Tabor faculty.

Claude Debussy’s six piano pieces, titled “Images,” serve as the inspiration for the collaborative effort and will be performed by pianist J. Bradley Baker, who is Tabor’s staff pianist and vocal coach.

Along with Baker, soprano Jen Stephenson, assistant professor of music and director of vocal studies, and Shin-hee Chin, associate professor of art, have worked together to choose and create complementary pieces to give the audience an exciting way to experience art.

Stephenson has selected six French vocal works that correlate with the piano pieces. Chin has created six pieces inspired by the pieces of Debussy’s music.

“As someone who dabbled in painting and literature, Debussy would be pleased to hear his evocative music juxtaposed with gorgeous French poetry and the remarkable art of Shin-hee Chin,” Baker said. “This recital is the epitome of what makes a Tabor College liberal arts education special.”

In addition to Tabor College, he has taught at the University of Alabama, University of Texas at Tyler and Stillman College. His performances have been heard on public radio throughout North America and Great Britain.

At Tabor, Baker directs the music preparatory school, which provides residents of Hillsboro and the surrounding area with instrumental and vocal lessons.

Stephenson has performed nationally and internationally in a wide range of opera roles, including mother in “Hansel and Gretel” and Frasquita in “Carmen.”

In addition to her roles as director of vocal studies and director of opera at Tabor, Stephenson directs the college’s women’s choir, Concerto Bella Voce.

Chin was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and received her bachelor and master of fine arts degrees from Hong-Ik University. She immigrated to the U.S along with her husband and earned a master of arts in fiber arts from California State University at Long Beach while raising two children.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Washing­­ton, D.C., Tokyo, Japan and Geneva, Switzer­land. Works by Chin have been featured in publications and she has won numerous awards.

Chin has been teaching at Tabor for 14 years and in 2008 was elected as “distinguished faculty.”

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