April 7, 2016

Marilyn Horne leads vocal master class

Marilyn Horne Vocal Master Class

Photos by Todd Rosenberg

Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne led a vocal master class at the Bienen School of Music on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.

Bienen students participating in the master class included mezzo-soprano Rachel Girty, a student of W. Stephen Smith; baritone Kevin Krasinski, a student of Karen Brunssen; mezzo-soprano Kaitlin Zardetto-Smith, a student of Theresa Brancaccio; baritone Alexander York, a student of W. Stephen Smith; and mezzo-soprano Chelsea Lyons, a student of W. Stephen Smith.

Marilyn Horne’s numerous honors and awards include multiple Grammys, the National Medal of Arts and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Horne is the voice program director at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West and holds residencies at the University of Oklahoma and Oberlin Conservatory.

Through the Robert M. and Maya L. Tichio Vocal Master Class Series, established in 2014, top students from the Bienen School of Music voice and opera program have worked directly with opera stars such as Renée Fleming, Eric Owens and Frederica von Stade. The series continues with a master class by Matthew Polenzani on April 30.