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SOUTHEASTERN’S RATLIFF PRESENTS RECITAL
HAMMOND – Southeastern
Louisiana University mezzo-soprano Joy Ratliff, a member of the Music and
Dramatic Arts Department faculty, will present a free recital April 11
at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The 7:30 p.m. concert
is part of the department=s annual spring arts series, "Encore!"
by Southeastern music faculty colleagues Patrick Kerber, guitar, and Kenneth
Boulton, piano, will perform works by John Dowland, William Schuman, Eric
Coats, Richard Hundley, Henry Purcell, Gustav Mahler and Hugo Wolf.
A native of Hammond
and Southeastern graduate, Ratliff performed leading mezzo-soprano roles
with opera houses in Germany for many years. In addition to Carmen, Cenerentola
and Suzuki, she specialized in the "trouser roles," especially Cherubino,
Nicklausse, Hansel, Orlofsky, and Octavian.
Her vocal training
has been with Ralph Roberts, Norman Gulbrandsen and James McDonald. She
holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University and the University
of Maryland, and has taught voice at Schwerte Volkshochschule in Germany,
the University of Maryland, and Marshall University.
A member of the Southeastern
music faculty since 2002, Ratliff teaches studio voice, lyric diction and
song literature. She also has taught in the university’s study abroad program
in Salzburg, Austria.
Last fall, Ratliff
made her New Orleans Opera debut as Annina in Verdi's “La Traviata.” She
performed at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts as guest vocalist
with the Southeastern Wind Symphony during Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual
festival of the arts. She and Southeastern music colleague Alissa Rowe
also performed duets by Purcell at the regional conference of the National
Association of Teachers of Singing in Monroe.
For additional information
about the concert, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.