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European Festivals, Venues Spotlight Bass School Faculty
Professors from the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University are teaching and performing in Europe and Asia this summer. Judith Willoughby, Wanda L. Bass Professor of Conducting and Choral Music Education, headlined a choral festival in the historic cathedral towns of Wells and Somerset, England. “The repertoire included concert and folk music of Great Britain as well as American folksongs and spirituals,” said Willoughby, who is also artistic director of the Canterbury Youth Choruses. Earlier this year, she conducted a concert at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago and led auditioned choral singers in her third conducting appearance at Carnegie Hall in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Tomasz Zieba, instructor of cello, is teaching and performing at the European Musical Workshops summer festival in Kolobrzeg, Poland, July 17-30. “It is a very prestigious festival in Poland,” Zieba said. “I will be working together with the most popular and acclaimed strings teachers in Poland and with Polish string teachers teaching abroad. Info: www.promocjatalentow.pl/promocja-en.html. Brian Osborne, instructor of vocal coaching, returned to Italy for his second summer as vocal coach/accompanist at "Si parla, si canta" Italian language program and opera festival, May 29-June 26. “I am on the coaching staff where I will be working with young singers from all over the country, five of which are OCU students, and two from the Metropolitan Opera young artist program.” Info: www.siparlasicanta.org. Karen Coe Miller, assistant director of OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, is serving on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. The six-week session will run from July 5-August 15. It is her third as a stage artistry instructor for the opera studio performance. Info: http://www.aimsgraz.com/. Frank Ragsdale, professor of voice, has been appointed to his eighth consecutive season with the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Salzburg. The five-week 2010 session runs July 16-August 18, with an emphasis on German Lied and operatic repertoire. Info: http://www.music.miami.edu/spprogs/salzweb. Mark Parker, dean of the Bass School of Music and Ann Hundley Hoover Endowed Chair, toured China's Zhejiang Academy of Art in June and attended the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.