Soprano Austin Nikirk was one of nine students from Gettysburg College who presented their research as part of the Kolbe Fellowship last Thursday, January 24. Phoebe Doscher described Austin's research and the other Fellows in an article for The Gettysburgian:
"Austin Nikirk '20 took an arts-oriented approach to her research and studied Floral Imagery and Birdsong in the Art Song of Amy Beach. Nikirk spoke passionately about Beach, an American composer, who pioneered women’s music performance and composition. Nikirk primarily studied Beach’s art songs, analyzing a variety of nuances in her stylistic tendencies, harmonies, and poetry. Nikirk described Beach’s modification of early strophic songs, and how she expanding upon melody and mood that was unprecedented for the time period. Ultimately, she intended to find how Beach used certain techniques to display originality and express emotion in her works. Nikirk will be singing songs by Beach during her junior voice recital at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music in March."
Of the experience, Nikirk said "it was an invaluable experience to do faculty-mentored research so early in [her] academic career. [Her] mentor, Dr. William O'Hara, was incredibly supportive of [her] many interests in the field, and helped me synthesize them into a research topic that was both challenging and inspiring." To learn more about Austin's research, and to hear her perform these pieces, see her lecture-recital on April 12 in Paul Recital Hall at 3:00pm, at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.
Director Robby Napoli passed his recital hearing this week, which means his senior recital is official! After a months-long process of preparing music, program notes, and planning, he performed with collaborators Dr. Scott Crowne, Jasmin Eddy, Rick Hale, and Aaron Thompson, in front of his judging panelists, who approved his recital. We are incredibly excited to announce that his recital, featuring just over 30 minutes of music ranging from Bach to Barber to Craig Carnelia, will be on Sunday, October 28, at 2:30 pm. Aside from his student-teaching, which he will do in the Spring, this is one of the large projects leading up to his graduation at the end of the academic year! The recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Paul Recital Hall, at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. For more information or to see the Facebook Event, click the button below!
While we have had to say quite a few goodbyes this past week, we are ecstatic to welcome back soprano Eby Buscher from Urbania, Italy! As an artist in the Si Parla, Si Canta summer program, she took intensive Italian classes, studied Italian art song with elite vocal coaches, and performed opera scenes in recitals across Italy. We're excited for Eby to join us for the July portion of our season: she'll be singing with us on our recording project this month, and you can see her in our July 22 concert! Enjoy pictures below of her time in Italy.
Last weekend, we continued our goodbyes by watching as Hannah left town from her administrative internship at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. She enjoyed her time in the Nation's capital thoroughly, and hopes to come back in the near future. While she goes back to her home in New Jersey now, we can't wait to see her again for our concert in Gettysburg. Below you'll find a slideshow of a few pictures from her internship. Thanks for a wonderful season, and see you soon, Hannah!
Congratulations are in order for soprano Austin Nikirk, who has recently been accepted into the Kolbe Scholars Program at Gettysburg College! This summer, she will be conducting research on the art song of American composer Amy Beach with Dr. William O'Hara of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, culminating in a lecture-recital in the Spring of 2019.
Congratulations are in order for soprano Nicole Densmoor, whose research project has been approved! This Summer, Nicole will be researching and presenting on Indonesian art song with Dr. Susan Hochmiller at Gettysburg College. Learn more about Nicole by checking out her profile below!