MANITOWOC, Wis. — The Silver Lake College music department will present a faculty recital at 4 p.m. on April 23 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. It is free and open to the public.
The recital will feature soprano Emily Davis, adjunct professor of voice at Silver Lake College. She teaches Opera Workshop, Lyric Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Music Theory, and Applied Voice, in addition to running an active private vocal studio.
“Back in December I began studying with Connie Haas in Milwaukee, and she is fantastic. I feel like a new singer since starting my work with her, and I’m excited to perform new repertoire in this recital,” Davis said. “Janna Ernst, my coach and pianist, is also fabulous and it is a joy to sing with her. She brings so much attention to musical details and encourages me to find more nuance in character and interpretation.”
The program offers a lot of variety — everything from Henry Purcell and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy and Ned Rorem.
“Each individual set is challenging in its own way and performing in five languages forced me to brush up on my diction skills as well. I’m hoping to expose my students to new repertoire, while providing an entertaining and educational afternoon of music,” Davis said.
She completed her Master of Music in vocal performance at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and history from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Ernst, a faculty member in the opera theater department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will accompany on piano.
PHOTOS: Emily Davis (top); Janna Ernst (center)/Submitted