For one week each summer, talented students in grades five through 12 arrive at Chautauqua Institution to participate in the Chautauqua Music Camps.
Every year, voice chair Marlena Malas doesn’t believe the Voice Program will yield better talent than in the previous season….
Some motifs lend themselves to expectation, like a quest to fight evil, or the protagonist discovering his or her true self. But tonight, students of the Voice Program will give audiences an unforgettable and unexpected opera.
Outside her office on Wednesday afternoon, Marlena Malas bade farewell to a departing singer with the fondest wish a teacher can offer to a student.
“Call me if you need anything.”
Jay Lesenger, Chautauqua Opera Company’s general/artistic director, will present his annual master class at 1:15 p.m. today in Fletcher Music Hall.
The School of Music students have only just met. But throughout the next nine weeks, they will learn together, perform for each other and show the Chautauqua community why they were chosen to take part in this season’s program.
Nearly 150 students gathered in Fletcher Music Hall Monday for the convocation ceremony, at which they met faculty and learned what to expect for the season.
Oliver Dow, managing director of the School of Music, addressed the students and reassured them that their work will be noticed and appreciated by Chautauquans.
Stephen Spencer earned his place at CTC after he recited four different monologues when Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch came to audition students in his program, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Playhouse MFA.
Now, members of the Chautauqua community can hear one of Spencer’s monologues — and the monologues of all 14 conservatory actors that earned them their places in the conservatory — in Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company’s “How I Got the Job.” Available at the door, tickets require a donation of $25, and the event is at 8 p.m. tonight in Fletcher Music Hall. All proceeds go to CTC.
Both Spencer and his roommate Sathya Sridharan, who plays Alexander (Sandy) Lord in The Philadelphia Story, look forward to sharing their monologues with the Chautauqua community.