West Georgia professor to present vocal recital at Tabor

Dawn NeelySoprano Dawn Neely will be featured at the third presentation in the 2017-18 Tabor College Recital Series, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the chapel-audi­torium.

Neely is assistant professor of voice and director of opera at the University of West Georgia, and she will be accompanied by Tabor’s collaborative pianist and vocal coach, J. Bradley Baker.

In addition to the recital, Neely will be in residence at Tabor for three days as part of the Tabor College Voice Festival and Competition, the culmination of which will be Saturday, Oct. 28.

Neely will give a masterclass for music majors and minors studying voice, teach a workshop on alignment and movement for singers and actors, and serve as clinician and finals judge for Saturday’s competition.

“It will be wonderful to have Dr. Neely with us,” said Jen Stephenson, Tabor’s director of vocal studies.

“I’m excited for our students to have the opportunity to study with her, and for all those who participate in the Voice Festival and Competi­tion to have the opportunity to meet and learn from her.”

Neely’s directing credits include working the Univer­sity of Alabama Opera Theatre, The Druid City Opera Workshop, Richard Crittenden Opera Workshop, Harrower Opera Workshop, Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s SummerFest season.

As a performer, Neely has a special interest in contemporary classical music and has performed throughout the southeast with the Druid City Ensemble.

Now in its third year, Tabor’s Voice Festival and Competition offers singers from throughout the Mid­west the opportunity to receive feedback from a panel of voice teachers and advance through rounds of competition.

These rounds culminate in a finals recital with a cash prize of $100 for the winner of each classification.

Master classes on vocal performance and audition techniques will be offered during the day, led by guest artist Neely and Tabor faculty members.

The Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium is located on the campus in Hillsboro. There is no charge for admission to the recital.

For more information, contact the Tabor College Music Department at 620-947-3121 ext. 1403 or email Jen Stephenson at jenniferstephenson@tabor.edu.

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