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From left, soprano Alissa Mercurio Rowe, pianist
Kenneth Boulton, soprano Joy Ratliff
SOUTHEASTERN VOICE PROFESSORS
PRESENT RECITAL MARCH 1
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University mezzo-soprano Joy Ratliff, a member of the Music and Dramatic
Arts Department faculty and vocal coach for the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop,
will present a recital March 1 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The free 7:30 p.m. concert is part of
the department’s annual spring arts series, “Encore!”
Ratliff will be joined on the program
by soprano Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities. The singers
will be accompanied by pianist Kenneth Boulton, director of the Southeastern
Community Music School.
Ratliff will perform two arias by Handel,
songs by Mozart, Schubert, and Berlioz, and four selections from American
composer Samuel Barker’s cycle, “Hermit Songs.” She will be joined by Rowe
for three duets by Purcell.
As a special feature of the recital,
Ratliff said foreign languages professor Katherine Kolb will contribute
remarks about Berlioz’s life and music. Kolb, who teaches German and French
at Southeastern, did her doctoral dissertation on the French composer.
Prior to joining the Southeastern faculty
in 2002 to teach voice and diction, and to serve as opera vocal coach,
Ratliff enjoyed a 15-year operatic career in Germany, performing leading
mezzo-soprano roles such as Carmen, Angelina, Suzuki, Cherubino, Hansel,
Orlofsky and Octavian.
A Southeastern graduate, Ratliff taught
at the University of Maryland and Marshall University in West Virginia.
She also studied Italian in an intensive four-week course at Scuola Leonardo
da Vinci in Florence and did observation studies in diction and opera classrooms
at the University of Maryland, Mannes College, Peabody Conservatory and
the Juilliard School. She earned her master’s degree from Northwestern
University in Illinois and doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.
Ratliff is an active oratorio soloist and recitalist.
Rowe holds master’s degrees in conducting
and vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where she served
as the music director and conductor of the Arts Chorale and as the assistant
conductor of the Chamber Choir, University Choir, and Women's Glee Club.
In 2001, she was also assistant conductor of the Detroit Oratorio Society
and conductor of the Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church
in Plymouth, Mich.
As a soprano soloist, Rowe has performed
in more than five operas and sung supporting roles in “La Cenerentola,”
“The Consul,” and “La Perichole.” In January 2002, she appeared as
the premier vocal soloist at the University of Michigan’s Collage Concert
where she sang Mozart's "Laudamus te" from the Mass in C Minor. She has
also performed as a soloist in Pergolesi's “Stabat Mater” and Handel's
Boulton has performed extensively as
soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe.
His debut recordings of Elie Siegmeister's major works for solo piano garnered
international critical acclaim, leading to additional recordings for the
Naxos label. Boulton has collaborated with cellist Ovidiu Marinescu on
the recording “Fiesta Latina,” along with a recording of music for cello
and piano of Nicolai Miaskovsky. He also appears with clarinetist Karen
Dannessa on the newly released compact disk, “American Lyrique.”
A Seattle native, Boulton earned his
bachelor's degree from Washington State University. In addition, he has
a master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland at College
Park.. He previously served on the faculties of Shippensburg University
and West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and as head of the piano department
at the Wilmington Music School in Wilmington, Del. Last summer, he was
invited to teach and perform at the International Summer Music Institute
at Transylvania University in Brasov, Romania.
Kolb received her bachelor’s degree
from Wellesley College and studied in West Berlin on a Fulbright for two
years before beginning graduate studies in French at Yale University.
For additional information on the recital,
contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 984-549-2184.