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Department of Music presents the 2008 Vocal Arts Series

The University of Toledo Department of Music has added four accomplished vocalists to its Vocal Arts Series: John and Catherine Nix, Margaret Mack, and Tim Shew. According to a UT press release, each of the vocalists will provide a master class for students, as well as a recital that is free and open to the public.

John and Catherine Nix, a tenor and soprano, respectively, are the first artists in the series. They offer a public recital Friday, January 11, 2008, at 8 p.m. They will also hold a master class Saturday, January 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Margaret Mack

John Nix (M.M., M.M.E., Certification in Vocology) is an Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he has created a Voice Research Laboratory.  He has been awarded several research grants including two from the National Research Institute and his research has been published in The NATS Journal, Vocalese, The Opera Journal and others. Nix’s students serve on the faculties of major universities, have won major apprenticeships, and sing with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus.

Catherine Nix
has presented recitals and master classes in universities across the country.  Her operatic credits include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Angelina in Trial by Jury. She is currently employed at The University of Texas at
San Antonio where she teaches applied voice.

Soprano Margaret Mack provides a master class Friday, January 18 from
2-5 p.m. and a recital Sunday, January 20 at 3 p.m. In December, Margaret performed as a soloist in

Catherine and John Nix

The Toledo Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. Ms. Mack made her professional operatic debut in the 1995 world premiere of Modern Painters with the Santa Fe Opera.

That same year her performance of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni was reported in the Columbus Dispatch as the “Best Classical Performance of 1995.” In June of 1997, Mack debuted with the Aspen Opera Theater in the same role, under the baton of maestro Julius Rudel.

Other important debuts include her singing alongside Eva Marton’s Elektra in the Kennedy Center and her European debut with the West Bohemian State Orchestra, singing Strauss Lieder. A graduate of The University of Toledo, she studied voice with Professor Barbara Rondelli-Perry.

Toledo’s own Tim Shew, internationally known Broadway performer, comes to UT on Friday, January 25. Shew, a tenor, will perform, talk with the audience, and coach student singers. The public is invited to this free event, which will be held from 1-4 p.m. in UT’s Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall.  

Shew is an American Music Theatre master who has performed on Broadway in productions such as the Bernstein/Comden and Green Broadway production of Wonderful Town, starred as Jean Valjean in The Tony Award winning Les Miserables, and in The Scarlet Pimpernel as St. Cyr.  

He made his film debut in the movie musical, The Producers. For 15 years, he has produced “Broadway Sings on Park Avenue,” a concert to benefit children affected by and infected with HIV and AIDS. Mr. Shew has also done extensive work around the world as a vocal director/clinician/adjudicator for theatre, choral and show-choir festivals.

Tim Shew

Visit the UT Department of Music at
: http://www.utoledo.edu/as/music/






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