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Master voice instructor to work with IC Students


Donald Simonson, professor of voice at Iowa State University and past president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, is coming to Illinois College as a part of the Department of Music’s Masterclass Series.

Funded by the Richard T. Fry Faculty Collaboration Fund, Simonson will work with faculty and voice students in the masterclass on Friday, November 16, at 4 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel.

Simonson chairs the voice division at Iowa State and teaches voice, voice pedagogy, vocal literature and conducts musical theater. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and undertook advanced study at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Academy of Music) in Vienna, Austria. Simonson regularly performs leading roles and appears as a soloist with opera companies, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Europe, America, Australia and the Far East. This includes concert performances with ensembles such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Wiener Philharmoniker Solisten, the Austrian National Radio Symphony and the Clemencic Consort. In addition, Simonson maintains an active research laboratory at Iowa State specializing in vocal acoustics. The results of his investigations have been presented at national and international conferences and published in leading scientific journals.

The masterclass is free and open to the public.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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