Dawn Neely Guest Artist Recital at Tabor College

Guest Recital Dawn Neely Poster for WebHILLSBORO — The third recital of the 2017-18 Tabor College Recital Series will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Tabor College’s Chapel-Auditorium.

The recital showcases soprano Dawn Neely, assistant professor of voice and director of opera at the University of West Georgia, and 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 held on 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 College’s director of vocal studies. “Dr. Neely brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge about singing and stage work.

“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 is assistant professor and director of opera workshop at the University of West Georgia.

Her 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.

Neely serves as the southeastern regional governor for the National Opera Association and is active in creating workshops for the region as well as assisting with the National Collegiate Opera and Musical Theater Scenes Competition each year.

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

As enthusiastic proponents of contemporary music, the Druid City Ensemble has commissioned several pieces as well as revived the first repertoire commissioned for soprano, flute and harp by the Jubal Trio in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Druid City Ensemble has been seen in concert throughout the United States in concert halls in Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Baltimore, Nashville, Memphis and Birmingham.

More information about the Duid City Ensemble can be found at www.druidcityensemble.com.

Now in its third year, the Tabor College 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.

Tabor College seeks to encourage the region’s most exceptional music students in their advancement and study of solo vocal music.

Neely’s guest artist recital is a part of the 2017-18 Tabor College Recital Series, which features performances by internationally renowned music professionals from around the world. This season’s recitalists include Grammy-nominated cellist Leonid Shukaev as part of the Central Kansas Piano Quintet and Metropolitan Opera singer Hugo Vera, among others.

The Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium is located on the campus of Tabor College at 400 S. Jefferson Street in Hillsboro. There is no charge for admission to the recital. For further information, contact the Tabor College Music Department at 620-947-3121 x 1403 or email Jen Stephenson at jenniferstephenson@tabor.edu.