The College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music – will present a senior recital Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program – featuring Kelsey Blevins, soprano – is free and open to the public.
Kelsey Blevins, a native of Kittanning, Penn. is a senior at Malone University. She is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in music. She currently studies voice with Cynthia Wohlschlager and has studied voice with Rachel Núñez. She studies piano with Ralitsa Georgeiva-Smith. She is a member of the Malone University Chorale, and is the vocal soloist for the Malone University Jazz Ensemble. She is a past member of the Malone University Women’s Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and was also a member of Malone's ministry team, New Vision. After graduation, Kelsey plans on moving to Lancaster, PA and auditioning at Sight and Sound Theatre.
Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith is an adjunct music faculty member at Malone University teaching Applied Piano. She pursued the professional studies program in collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Anita Pontremoli. She received her master's degree in piano performance from the National Music Conservatory in Bulgaria and a second master's degree in piano performance from the University of South Florida where she studied with Prof.Svetozar Ivanov. Ralitsa was appointed as a staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007 and has been acting as substitute faculty in collaborative piano ever since. Ralitsa Georgieva-Smith was born in 1976 in Sliven, Bulgaria. She started piano lessons at the age of 5. At the age of 14, she was accepted at the High School for Music in Bourgas, Bulgaria. During this time, she had several appearances as a soloist with the Sliven Symphony Orchestra and the Bourgas Philharmonic. Between 1995-2000 she won several competitions in Europe. She appeared as soloist and chamber musician in several festivals throughout Europe. She has also performed on classical music television programs and is frequently heard on radio recordings. Her performances have brought her to the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, and the United States. During her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music she received coaching from Elizabeth DeMio, Linda Jones, David and Linda Cerone, Virginia Weckstrom, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. She has participated in master classes with Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Logan Skellton, Barry Snyder, John Elliot, Paul Komen, and Oleg Koshelev. She was invited to judge the National Music Teacher Association Competition for Ohio in March 2009.