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July 10, 2014

Vocal soloist to perform Sunday at church

Mary Keck will present a vocal recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the St. Paul United Methodist Church Atrium, 2130 W. Okmulgee Ave. She will be performing a repertoire of selections from the classical, opera, art song, and musical theatre genres.

After submitting an audition CD, Keck was accepted to participate in August in a two-week summer program of the AAMS International Summer Music Institute in La Mortella in Ischia, Italy, where she has been asked to perform the female lead role of Adina in the opera “L’elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti. The AAMS ISMI is an opera program for emerging singers who wish to study roles abroad. It offers master classes, opera productions and concerts.

Keck was previously accepted and participated in summer programs at Oberlin Conservatory of Music Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin, Ohio, and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theatre Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.

Keck has just completed the first year of her master’s degree program in Vocal Performance at the University of Arizona in Tucson where her vocal coach was Dr. Kristin Dauphinais, associate professor of music.

She was also employed there as a vocal teaching assistant. Keck graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in 2012 from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, where she was awarded a four-year vocal scholarship and studied voice with Dr. Donald Studebaker, professor of music and director of choral activities, and Dr. Shannon Unger, assistant professor of voice.

In addition, Keck has been a vocal student of internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Barbara McAlister.

Her love of performance and singing began in high school and has been evidenced in a variety of leading roles in operas and musicals including “The Magic Flute,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and “Into the Woods.”

She also has participated in the Arizona Baroque and Arizona Choir, as well as the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and Northeastern State University Singers. Mary graduated with honors in 2007 from Hilldale High School where she performed lead roles in the all school musicals “The King and I” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” She is the daughter of Joe and Donna Keck of Muskogee.

Recital admission is free and open to the public. Donations to help Keck defray the expenses of her summer program in Italy are appreciated but not required. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Information: Donna Keck, (918) 869-6512 or donnakeck@gmail.com.

If you go

WHAT: Mary Keck vocal recital featuring selections from classical, opera, art song, and musical theater genres.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: St. Paul United Methodist Church Atrium, 2130 W. Okmulgee Ave.

INFORMATION: Information: Donna Keck, (918) 869-6512 or donnakeck@gmail.com.

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