Auditions open for Delta Chorale and Delta Singers

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Dr. Julia Thorn, director of choral activities, will hold auditions for entrance and placement in the Delta Chorale and Delta Singers this week (Aug. 21-25). Students who are already enrolled or who wish to participate should sign up as soon as possible.

Thorn has posted a sign-up sheet outside of Bailey 129. Sign up soon!

The Delta Chorale is the premier touring vocal ensemble at DSU. Comprised of approximately 40 mixed voices, it performs frequently both on and off campus. Its repertoire features high-quality choral music from diverse styles, musical eras, languages and cultures. Chorale has performed by invitation at state and regional conferences of the Mississippi Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association.

Delta Singers Men’s and Women’s Choirs are non-auditioned choral ensembles open to all who love to sing. These choirs provide singers an opportunity to learn many styles of music and also focuses on developing vocal and musicianship skills.They are the ideal ensembles for students who want to improve their singing voice and music-reading abilities.

Faculty/staff benefits fair set for Aug. 23

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All faculty, staff and their families are invited to attend HR’s annual benefits fair.

Stop by to gather information on all of our insurance products and speak to representatives about your coverage options. Representatives from our benefits will be available to answer any questions and help guide you through your decision-making process. Use this time to discover and learn about the benefits available to you.

This event will be held Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Student Union.




Faculty recital open to public Sept. 27

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Todd Fish, tenor and assistant professor of voice at Kennesaw State University, will join Dr. Jamie Dahman, tenor, and Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, in a faculty recital on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the BPAC Recital Hall. They will perform selections by Duparc, Beethoven, Tosti, as well as art song from the Japanese and Bulgarian traditions. The event is free and open to the public.

Wedge to present on voice care Sept. 29

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On Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center, Todd Wedge, a vocal pedagogue and associate professor of voice at Kennesaw State University, will present a lecture on this topic and will focus on vocal health and hygeine, vocal pathology awareness, and modifications that can be made in the classroom to help teachers prevent vocal distress.

A recent clinical study of professional educators performed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology published the following results: 58% of professional educators report voice difficulties at some point during their career, nearly twice the incidence of the general population; 47% of American teachers experience voice trouble daily; 1 in 10 teachers has been forced out of the profession because of vocal difficulty.

Wedge received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and furthered his studies with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. In 2015, Wedge was invited to join the voice faculty at Kennesaw State University where he is currently an assistant professor of voice. Prior to this appointment, Wedge was the director of the Vocal Music Department at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts — a public arts magnet school that specializes in pre-conservatory curriculum for both classical voice and musical theater.

He has been the fortunate recipient of awards from the Friends of Austria Lieder Competition, American Opera Society, Bel Canto Society, and the Loretta Kearns Award for Excellence in Music Education. In 2013, Wedge was selected by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “Music Educator of the Year,” which lead to a nomination for the GRAMMY foundation “Music Educator of the Year,” for which he was a semi-finalist. In 2014, he was nominated for the San Francisco Mayor’s Teacher of the Year Award and was selected to be a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar in Vienna, Austria where he focused his research on the operas of W.A. Mozart.

Wedge is frequently featured as the tenor soloist in the oratorio works of Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Bach, and Mozart, while also maintaining a robust recital schedule. He was a young artist with the Chicago Opera Theater while also serving on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame School of Music and St. Xavier University where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. Shortly thereafter, he was invited to join the GRAMMY award-winning men’s ensemble Chanticleer. Over the course of these three life-changing years, Wedge helped bring audiences to their feet in over 200 cities and 13 different countries in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. In addition to the rigorous touring schedule, Wedge also spent considerable time in the recording studio and can be heard on the following albums: And on Earth, Peace: A Chanticleer Mass; Let it Snow; The Best of Chanticleer; A Chanticleer Christmas; The Mission Road-Our Journey Back; (DVD & CD), and The Singing Life (DVD).

Wedge currently maintains a private vocal studio in Atlanta, Georgia and is frequently seen as a recitalist, guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician in the Bay Area.