The program will feature Carol Lines, soprano, Pat Sheng on saxophone, Judy Hand on flute, Jay Kacherski on guitar, Sarah Callahan, mezzo-soprano, and Eleanor Elkins on piano.
Lines will perform a cycle of songs by American composer Lori Laitman with Sheng; a pair of songs by French composer Jacques Ibert with Hand; a set of songs by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla with guitarist Kacherski; and a duet by American composer Lee Hoiby with Callahan and Elkins.
Lines, assistant professor of music at McNeese, received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University and her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma in Opera from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
She has also performed in concert and in recitals in Lake Charles and throughout the state of Louisiana, including appearances with the Lake Charles Symphony, Louisiana Choral Foundation, McNeese productions, the Lafayette Lyric Ensemble, Chorale Acadienne, the Baton Rouge Sinfonietta and the Acadiana Symphony. She has sung a number of operatic roles, and as a recitalist, Lines has appeared throughout the United States, France and Singapore.
Sheng, assistant professor of music, is director of jazz studies at McNeese. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Washington State University. Sheng is the current president of the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education and works regularly as a conductor, clinician, organizer and adjudicator for honor bands and jazz festivals. As a performer, he has traveled all over the world and has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Scott, Jeff Coffin, Jeff Gardner and Andy Narell, as well as performed with the Spokane Symphony Pops, Washington-Idaho Symphony and Portland's Elite Band.
Hand is associate professor of music at McNeese and teaches flute, chamber music, music history, ear training and class piano. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Music degree and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from Louisiana State University. She has toured England and Wales with the International Flute Orchestra and has been awarded numerous arts grants, including the Louisiana Artist Fellowship. Hand is currently principal flute in the Lake Charles and Rapides symphonies.
Kacherski, a nationally known solo and ensemble guitarist, is a visiting lecturer at McNeese. He received his bachelor's degree from Florida Southern College, his master's degree in performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He has given concerts and master classes throughout the United States and Mexico and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico - researching, promoting, and performing contemporary Mexican classical guitar music.
Callahan received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from McNeese and a master's degree in vocal performance from Brigham Young University. She has been a guest soloist with the Louisiana Choral Foundation, a guest artist at McNeese and a guest soloist with the Lake Charles Symphony. Currently, she is a paralegal in Beaumont, Texas, and teaches voice lessons part time.
Elkins, a Lake Charles native, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, her Master of Music degree and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has taught at universities throughout the country and is currently an active collaborative musician and teacher.
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