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College of Wooster's Opera Workshop Features Favorites by Popular Composers

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WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster’s Department of Music will present Mozart and the Moderns, an opera scenes program under the direction of Carrie deLapp-Culver and accompanied by Toni Shreve, on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). The event is free and open to the public.

Selections to be performed include works from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” “Magic Flute,” and “Don Giovanni.” The contemporary selections feature music by America’s most popular opera composers: Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Kurt Weill. Several selections will be sung in the original language (Italian and German) with English “supertitles” projected above stage.

Students representing various majors —from music, theatre, geology, and communication to political science, religion, and English — will perform. The program of arias and ensembles will highlight the themes of the original works in an updated, “slice-of-Wooster-life” staging.

Culver, who is in her fourth year at Wooster, has directed several opera scenes programs, including “Songs for a New World” as a joint production with the Department of Theatre, and the children’s opera “A Gift of Song.” She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Missouri and the Doctor of Arts in music from the University of Northern Colorado in voice performance and pedagogy, where she focused on opera directing, particularly youth opera. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Opera Association. She also served as editor of the Opera for Youth Journal for several years, and has performed and recorded with the Long Island Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus, the El Paso Opera, the Colorado Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, and Boulder’s Dinner Theatre.

Shreve has served as the staff accompanist at Wooster since 2006. She completed nearly all of her course work for her degree in piano and voice at The College of Wooster and has attended master classes and workshops devoted to piano, voice, choirs (including children’s choirs), and church music. She has maintained a private studio, teaching voice, piano, and music theory, for many years. She is senior director of the Wayne Center for the Arts/Tri-County Educational Service Children’s Chorus, director of music and worship at St. John’s Church of Millersburg, and assistant director of the West Holmes Schools Choirs.

Additional information about the opera workshop is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail (



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