Three Troy University singers attend master classes

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

TROY – Three Troy University were selected to participate in a National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Fall Workshop and Master Class.

Erica Jones, a senior broadcast journalism major from Heflin, Clay Paramore, a freshman music education major from Ozark, and Bryant Stokes, a sophomore theater major from Goshen, attended the weekend workshop Oct. 5-6 at the University of Montevallo.

Dr. Wanda Brister, an associate professor of voice at Florida State University, conducted the master classes. She has sung in 40 of the United States and 11 European countries, and has performed more than 40 operatic roles with opera companies such as Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, New York Opera Ensemble, Annapolis Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater and Connecticut Grand Opera. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Brister joined the Schlern (Italy) International Music Festival as artist/faculty-in-residence.

“During these master classes, each student performed one musical selection. Dr.Brister evaluated each performance and taught brief voice lessons to the participants,” said Dr. Michael Hix, a lecturer in the John M. Long School of Music. “This educational format allows both the student and audience to learn from watching the master teacher.”

In addition to the three TROY students selected to attend the master classes, 18 other TROY students visited the workshop and attended a recital given by Dr. Brister.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc (NATS) was founded in 1944 and is now the largest association of teachers of singing in the world. NATS boasts more than 6,500 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 25 other countries around the world.

Jones takes voice from Dr. Margaret Jackson, and both Paramore and Stokes are taught by Dr. Michael Hix.