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State music faculty join forces for Resurrection House benefit

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Visiting faculty from East Central University will join with Dr. Ken Bohannon for a vocal recital to raise funds for the Resurrection House. The concert is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. April 13 in the USAO Alumni Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the public but donations for the Resurrection House will be accepted at the door.

The Resurrection House is a privately-funded shelter sponsored by Parkview Christian Church that helps homeless individuals save money and establish their own residence.

The visiting performers include ECU’s Dr. Melody Baggech, opera director and associate professor of voice, and Dr. Lark Powers, assistant professor of piano and music history.

The concert will feature several selections from musical theater classics like Annie Get Your Gun, the Phantom of the Opera and Assassins as well as operatic pieces like The Marriage of Figaro and Don Pasquale

In addition to the duets, Bohannon and Baggech will perform several solo selections by composers Roger Quilter and Gabriel Fauré.

Baggech earned her doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.

She has been active as a performer in a variety of musical media including oratorio, sacred music and contemporary music.

Baggech is a regular recitalist throughout the region and has been featured as a performer at conferences with Texoma Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing and the South Central Chapter of College Music Society.

Other performances include guest recitals at West Texas A&M University, Tulsa University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Baggech has performed with Amarillo Opera, Rome Festival Opera, Cimarron Circuit Opera, Opera International and the Washington Savoyards, Ltd. She has sung in both operatic and concert settings in Italy, Austria, Scotland and in the U.S., performing in celebrated works such as Le nozze di Figaro, Man of LaMancha and The Secret Garden.

Powers earned her doctorate of musical arts from the University of Colorado and holds three master’s degrees in piano performance, harpsichord performance and theory pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

A recipient of a Presser Award, Powers won first prize in piano in 2006 after attending the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris.

Past engagements include performing under the direction of Leon Fleisher at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Powers joined the faculty at ECU in fall of 2013 and has had a busy performing, presenting and judging schedule throughout the state.

Recent solo performances include repeat appearances at the Estes Park Music Festival Winter Series in Colorado, as well as concerts at the University of Colorado.

Bohannon is an associate professor of music at USAO and coordinates the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series as well as the university’s music department. In addition to his voice teaching duties, he is also the musical director of the USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Bohannon earned his doctorate of music from Indiana University.

Bohannon has performed as a soloist in musical theatre, oratorio and has performed more than 20 operatic roles throughout his career. He sang professionally with the Cincinnati Opera, Knoxville Opera, Chattanooga Opera and Tulsa Opera.

In 2005, he received the Regents Award for Superior Research from USAO. 

More information about the concert can be obtained by calling 574-1293.