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Renowned Vocal Coach Barbara Hocher to Present Master Class on April 24

Barbara Hocher, a renowned vocal coach and former professional opera and concert singer, will present a vocal master class in Lieder for William Paterson University students and singers from the area on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in Shea Center 101 on the William Paterson campus in Wayne. Admission is free.

Music will include Lieder by Schubert, as well as Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Wolf. Performers include University music majors Christina Nicastro of Dunellen, Iliya Roitman of Weehawken, Morgan Williams of Nutley, Hilliary McCrink of Denville, and Michael O’Reilly of Ridgewood. Jeremy Zipf of Metuchen is the alternate.

During her 17-year performance career, Hocher performed with the New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Lake George Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Michigan Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Music Theater Project at Tanglewood. In concert, she was featured with the Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall, among others.

Hocher currently teaches and coaches aspiring singers, and gives master classes in opera and song repertoire for voice students at educational institutions. Also, she is a frequent adjudicator at voice competitions. Hocher is the former executive director of the Marilyn Horne Foundation and consultant to the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall, and has an adjunct professor at New York’s Baruch College, coordinating and lecturing for the arts administration internship program. She earned a bachelor of music degree in voice and violin from the University of North Texas, a master of music degree in voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a master of arts degree in arts administration from New York University. As a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Scholarship and a Fulbright Scholarship, and with study grants from the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Sullivan Foundation, she studied voice, language, and repertoire in Germany, France, and Italy.

For additional information on the master class, please call the William Paterson University Music Department at 973-720-2315.

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