Elizabeth Lins Shoenfelt, coloratura soprano, with Fred Dade, piano
Amor: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
Friday, February 14, 7:30pm
Mary Lou Campana Chapel & Lecture Center
Free and open to the public
A Valentine's Day look at the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Love, through the music of Dowland, Handel, Strauss, Milhaud, Grieg, Dvorak, and more. Come share in all that love can be for this special Valentine's recital.
About the performers
Elizabeth Lins Shoenfelt is assistant professor of music at Shippensburg University and has also taught at Bloomsburg University, Wilson College, and Messiah College. Having recently received her doctorate in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, she is in demand as a soloist, voice teacher, guest conductor, and choral clinician. In addition to her university duties, she maintains a busy private voice studio, directs the Susquehanna Young Women’s Chorale, and is a recurring choral adjudicator and clinician. Ms. Shoenfelt also serves on the executive board of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania as the repertoire and standards chair for women’s choirs.
Ms. Shoenfelt is a frequent recitalist throughout central Pennsylvania and Virginia and has sung principal roles with opera companies in Harrisburg and Philadelphia. She made her professional debut at the age of twenty with the Harrisburg Opera Company singing the role of Juliet Brooks in the Pennsylvania premier of Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep. In 2008 she was featured as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Shippensburg Summer Festival Series, and in 2009 she sang the soprano solo in Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem under the direction of choral pioneer Robert Page at the Pennsylvania Choral Directors Association convention. Also in 2009 she had the privilege of singing with opera legend Frederica von Stade. Since 2010, she has enjoyed multiple appearances as a guest artist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, and she is the recurring soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Pennsylvania Consort. She has sung in a variety of venues throughout the United States and Europe, including performances for the former governor of Pennsylvania, several Miss Americas, and a concert appearance with Kenny Rogers.
Fred Dade, a native of Chicago, IL, is Assistant Professor of Music at Shippensburg University where he teaches courses such as Music Appreciation, World Music, and Class Piano One. He is choir director/organist at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Harrisburg. Mr. Dade has extensive experience accompanying many different types of choirs and soloists, including accompanying artists like Marietta Simpson and George Shirley and has accompanied Master Classes conducted by mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade and soprano Christine Brewer. In April 2017 he had the honor of playing the Grieg piano concerto with the Shippensburg University/Community Orchestra. He has also rehearsed and conducted the Capital Area Music Association (CAMA) over the past several years including conducting performances with recording artists Richard Smallwood and Donald Lawrence. In 2019, Mr. Dade has created a concert of movie piano covers performed at Shippensburg University and at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. He holds the Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University and the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Wheaton College. He pursued additional studies in music at the University of Michigan, where he studied piano with Lynne Barthlomew and Dr. Louis Nagel. Over the past two years, he has done some coaching with Dr. Richard Roberson, Professor of Music and Dean of School of the Arts at Messiah College located in Grantham, PA.
About Music at Pitt-Greensburg
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg features four concert series in Campana Chapel.
- Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers: Pitt-Greensburg's featured student choral ensembles
- Joan Chambers Concert Series: Local, national, and international artists appearing in memory of ardent Pitt-Greensburg supporter Joan Chambers
- Recitals: Students and faculty of Pitt-Greensburg
- Friday Evening Music Club: A community of area performers and audience dedicated to creating and sharing in great artistic performance and camaraderie
All performances begin at 7:30pm (unless otherwise noted). Performances are free and open to the public; Chorale and the Friday Evening Music Club graciously accept donations at the door.
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