Huntingdon News

April 14, 2009
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Vann Vocal Institute at Huntingdon Develops Young Talent

Montgomery, Ala.—The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and Huntingdon College will host the first Vann Vocal Institute for young singers in grades 10 through college seniors, Friday and Saturday, April 17–18. The Institute is made possible by the generous bequest of Mr. Roy D. Vann and by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Focusing on operatic repertoire, the Institute is a two-day workshop for 40 Alabama singers, ages 16–24, who are selected based on their auditions. Fifteen singers will perform in public master classes led by Metropolitan Opera tenor and Institute artistic director David Cangelosi, who appears regularly with the world’s most prestigious opera companies. These public master classes will be held from 2:30–5:15 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 9:00–11:45 a.m. and 2:00–4:45 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, on the Huntingdon College campus, and are free and open to the public. Simultaneously, another 25 singers will study privately with Maestro Steven Crawford, recognized as Vocal Coach of the Year by “Classical Singer” magazine, or with Dr. Elizabeth Buccheri, vocal coach and pianist, who accompanied the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Margaret Hillis for 28 seasons, among a long resume of performances. Classes on audition programming and preparation and on résumé preparation will also be offered.

The workshop will conclude with the Vann Vocal Institute Emerging Artists Recital at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Five recital performers will be selected by Cangelosi, Crawford, and Buccheri. The public is invited to attend without charge.

For more information, see the Montgomery Symphony Web site,

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Celebrating its centennial year in Montgomery this year, the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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