Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will host soprano Hope Koehler, accompanied by pianist James Douglass, as part of the Guest Artist Series on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public and will consist of works by Lester Trimble, André Previn, Lee Hoiby, John Jacob Niles, Moses Hogan, Evelyn Curenton Simpson and Jacqueline Hairston.
Heralded as “spectacular” and “a veritable dynamo,” Koehler has appeared all across the United States, Europe, Canada and China in recital, concert and opera. She has been heard in the title roles of “La Bohème” (Musetta), “Der Freischütz” (Agathe) and “The Tales of Hoffmann” (Giulietta). Koehler’s other stage credits include operetta and musical theatre. Most notably, she has appeared in “The Mikado” (Katisha, Pitti-Sing, Peep-Bo), “The Sound of Music” (Mother Abbess), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Golde) and “West Side Story” (Maria).
Koehler has performed as a soloist in oratorio and other choral orchestral works, and she is a regular performer and featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group whose mission is to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive and vibrant. She has also been on the faculty of the prestigious Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts since 2001. She is a member of the voice faculty at West Virginia University and at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.
She can be heard on the CDs “The Lily of the Valley” and “The Spirit of the Holidays,” and the DVD “The Spirituals,” recorded with the American Spiritual Ensemble. In June 2008, Albany Records released Koehler’s recording of John Jacob Niles songs titled “The Lass From the Low Countree,” performed with Douglass at the piano.
As a collaborative pianist, Douglass has been involved in genres including chamber music, vocal arts, opera, choral arts, symphonic repertoire, jazz, cabaret and musical theatre. In 2004, he began teaching in the summer study program AIMS in Graz as the instructor of collaborative piano and a vocal coach in the Lieder Studio. Douglass joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as an assistant professor of collaborative piano and vocal coach in 2005 and is an active clinician. His performances have included recitals and television/radio broadcasts across the United States and Europe.
For more information about this performance, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
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