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McDaniel, Christensen Anchor Key West Summer Program
Professor Jan McDaniel and Dr. William Nield Christensen, members of the voice faculty of the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, are featured artists at the 2009 Key West Symphony Young Artist Program. This year’s session, which runs from June 1-26, will feature performances of 44 scenes from primarily opera and musical theater, including major concerts on Thursday and Friday evenings throughout June. This year's group of singers comes from Europe, Asia and across the United States. McDaniel, Bass School professor of vocal coaching, is in his fourth season as the program's musical director. His performances as a collaborative pianist include concerts and recitals across North America and from Germany to Japan. He has worked with OCU alumni including Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Leona Mitchell, Sarah Coburn and Marquita Lister. Christensen is serving his second year as artist-in-residence and voice instructor. A frequent soloist, he has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Fort Smith Symphony, Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, the Key West Symphony Young Artist Program, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Grand Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Santa Barbara, the Adriatic Music Festival, and the Würtembergishe Philharmonie Reutlingen. His leading roles including the tenor soloist from Verdi’s Requiem, Siegmund from Die Walküre, Don Josè from Carmen, Max from Der Freischütz, and Cavaradossi from Tosca. The Key West Symphony Young Artists Program was founded in 1998 by Donna Roll, director of opera at the Longy School of Music in Boston. The program is geared toward career preparation for the emerging opera singer. Master classes, private coaching, and opera scene preparation are covered, as are classes in movement and acting, and career essentials such as auditioning and securing representation.