ABU MUSIC ALUMNI ACHIEVE SUCCESS
Philippi, W.Va. - Alderson Broaddus University is pleased to recognize the recent successes of its vocal music alums.
Lisa (Hutchens) Cosby, who graduated with a BA in music education and vocal music, received Teacher of the Year at Kemptown Elementary school, when she now teaches. Cosby loves to teach music and work with students at their early stages of music learning and development.
“Most of the students will tell you that we love to play games and do movement activities and I truly believe that through these types of activities, ALL students can learn and appreciate music,” says Cosby.
Tia Price, who graduated in 2012, moved on to study music at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Md. where she received a $10,000 Presser Award. This award is a stipend given to an exceptional graduate student to fund a musical project. Price commissioned and performed a song cycle, a multi-movement composition, which about 50 Baltimore inner-city kids—a mix of vocalists and instrumentalists— contributed texts about the city of Baltimore, love, expectations, and music. “I thought how awesome would it be if they could write down their thoughts and then somehow share them with the community,” said Price. The resulting product is a 96-page, 20-minute-long composition titled This Is My Voice.
AB graduate Jackline Madegwa, is now singing opera and oratorio while finishing her doctorate at the University of Illinois. Madegwa, the Kenyan-born soprano will be paired with baritone Lawrence Craig, international star of Broadway and concert stages, in Voices of Liberation, the world premiere of composer Glenn McClure’s “The Emancipation Oratorio” which rewrites the slave trade story, transforming a system of oppression into a world of opportunity, creativity, and hope. The performance celebrates the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.
Sara (Roller) Pearson is employed by the NYC Metropolitan Opera chorus as a full-time chorus member and soloist in that city. Pearson performed the role of the Countess in a concert of scenes from Figaro and Giovanni on Saturday, January 25 at the DiMenna Center for Performing Arts as well as performed the role of Lauretta in a concert of Il Trittico on Saturday, February 8th at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center.
Tony Burdette sings opera and oratorio in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. He recently founded “Voices of the Commonwealth” a 70 member community adult chorus. Burdette serves as conductor and artistic director of the group.