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March 25, 2009

Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Manz to present Master Class at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Lorraine Manz, mezzo-soprano and director of the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, will present a 2009 Hugh and Barbara Thomas Master Class in voice at Birmingham-Southern April 4 in the BSC Hill Recital Hall at 10 a.m. The class is open to the public for observation, free of charge.Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Manz

BSC student vocalists will sing to receive instruction and critique by Manz. The Hugh and Barbara Thomas Master Class Series is presented by Thomas and Jennifer Waters.

Manz, well known for the depth of her teaching skills, has performed as soloist with orchestras and music festivals throughout the country including the Cleveland Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Society, performing with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Marin Alsop, among others.

Manz was named a Master Teacher for the 2006 Intern Teaching Program sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her many students enjoy thriving professional careers performing with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Opera Theater of St. Louis as well as other companies.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1993, she taught at the University of California and St. Olaf College.

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