Cuando canta el alma: When the soul sings

Sunday, May 23 @ 4:15 PM EST

Rescheduled from 12/6/20

Scott Piper, tenor
With collaborative pianists: Timothy Cheek, Kirk Severtson, and Matthew Thompson

Paul Robeson Scholar Award recipient, Los Cabos Children’s Foundation Artist Ambassador, and twice-winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Award, tenor Scott Piper continues to receive critical acclaim for his operatic, orchestral, and concert performances. He comes to the faculty of his graduate alma mater having been honored with the Paul Boylan Award for distinguished alumni in the performing arts and having recorded Verdi masterpieces for TDK with the Fondazione Toscanini di Parma with artists such as Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Stefania Bonfadelli, Massimiliano Stefanelli in new productions of Aida and La Traviata designed and mounted by film, opera, and theater director Franco Zeffirelli.

Vocal coach and pianist Timothy Cheek is associate professor of performing arts/vocal arts. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) in 1994, and serves as music director of Opera Workshop, as an instructor of lyric diction classes, and as a coach for opera productions. From 2000-06, Cheek worked as a pianist/coach at U-M’s spring term vocal program in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, serving the last two years as director of the program. He is also an associate faculty member of the University’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), and teaches a Czech Vocal Literature course for singers and pianists.

Kirk Severtson joined the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) voice department in 2019 to serve as vocal coach and conductor for the opera program. Previously, from 2001–19, he taught at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, where as professor of music he served as musical director of the Crane Opera Ensemble, coached singers and pianists, and taught classes in art song repertoire and accompanying. At SUNY Potsdam, numerous performances of the Crane Opera Ensemble under his musical direction garnered first-place awards from the National Opera Association and The American Prize, as well as honors from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. His professional operatic activity has included serving on the music staff for numerous recent productions at The Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, and Opera Saratoga, among others.

Matthew Thompson, DMA— collaborative piano, is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Michigan.  There his duties include teaching courses as varied as “Introduction to Lyric Diction and IPA” to groundbreaking and massively popular classes like “Video Game Music.”  In addition to his classroom duties, Thompson serves as a vocal coach for graduate voice students.