Well-known opera singers visit campus

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Earlier this week, the D’Angelo Department of Music was joined by the company of two international opera singers who now teach voice at the Depaul School of Music in Chicago, Il.

Voice Coordinator Jane Bunnell and Professor of Voice Marc Embree not only attended the Student Forum performance class held in Walker Recital Hall every week to hear a random selection of the D’Angelo School of Music’s talent, but also gave three individual voice lessons to one Mercyhurst student and two alumna while here.

After attending the student forum class, Bunnell and Embree joined a group of voice majors in their Opera Workshop class and gave a lecture on important information for the students to know if they were to pursue their careers in performance.

One of the most important and fundamental pieces of information given to the students was done by Embree, who said that one of the most important aspects of voice is breath control and support, without which, proper technique cannot be sustained.

The voice students here at Mercyhurst owe this amazing opportunity to meet and work with internationally acclaimed singers to D’Angelo Department Chair Louisa Jonason, who became close friends with both Bunnell and Embree when the three performed in New York City together.