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CANCELLED: SOM to Welcome DeMaris for Opera Conducting and Vocal Masterclasses

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Lee University’s School of Music will host Brian DeMaris, a nationally recognized conductor, coach, and pianist, for opera conducting and vocal masterclasses on Monday, March 16.

“Lee Opera Theatre is thrilled to host the two masterclasses with Maestro Brian DeMaris,” said Dr. ChoEun Lee, assistant professor of collaborative piano/vocal coaching at the university. “We look forward to our graduate conducting students and undergraduate vocal students working with him.”

Brian DeMaris
Brian DeMaris

DeMaris currently serves as artistic director of music theatre and opera at Arizona State University and principal conductor of the Anchorage Opera in Alaska. Previously, he served as the director of opera and musical theatre at Ithaca College and music director of Mill City Summer Opera. He has worked with New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Anchorage Opera, American Lyric Theater, Music Saint Croix, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Boston’s Jordan Hall, New York’s Studio 54, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, and in other recitals, competitions, and masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad.

DeMaris is the second place winner of the 2013 and 2015 American Prize in Opera and Musical Theater Conducting. He has served on numerous panels with Opera America and the National Opera Association and presented masterclasses with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, New York State Music Teachers Association, New York State School Music Association and the Arizona Music Educators Association. He has also been involved with the development of over two dozen new works.

A composer, DeMaris’ musical, “The Portrait of Dorian Gray,” received a developmental workshop at Ephrata Playhouse in the Park in 2003, and his art songs have been performed in recitals throughout the United States.

DeMaris’ opera conducting masterclass will be held at 10 a.m. and the vocal masterclass will be held at 3 p.m. on March 16, in the Squires Recital Hall in Lee’s Humanities Center on Parker Street.

Both masterclasses are free and open to the public.

For more information on DeMaris, visit site.

For more information on the event, call Lee’s School of Music at (423) 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

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