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Malone University Faculty Artist Series: October 24 Featuring Soprano Cynthia Wohlschlager and Pianist Ralisa Georgieva Smith

#6199; 10.14.2011

Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present the next offering in its faculty artist series Monday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The recital – featuring Cynthia Wohlschlager, soprano, and Ralitsa Georgieva- Smith, pianist – is free and open to the public.

Cynthia Wohlschlager, mezzo-soprano, is an active teacher and performer in the greater Cleveland area. Performances have taken her to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. A native of this area, she has performed operas in area schools through Opera Cleveland on Tour and The Akron Concert Society. She was a featured soloist at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy and won an opportunity to sing "Qui la voce" from I Puritani in Graz, Austria under the esteemed conductor Edoardo Müller. Recitals venues include the French Society of Cleveland, the Tuesday Musical Club at the Akron Art Museum, Christmas at Malone, the CIM Women's Committee Recital Series, and the Jefferson Arts Council Concert Series. She has appeared with the Duke Symphony Orchestra in performances of Le Nozze di Figaro and Hansel and Gretel. She is a member of the core ensemble with Opera Cleveland and has been seen in numerous productions at the State Theatre in Playhouse Square.

Ms. Wohlschlager is a recipient of the O.D. Taliferro Opera Scholarship and has won the Max Berman Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance, The Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Competition and The Dewey and Mary Gilley Memorial Award for Distinguished Opera Performance. Ms. Wohlschlager's operatic performances include the roles of both the Mother and the Witch from Hansel and Gretel, Countess Almaviva from Le Nozze di Figaro, Arminda from La Finta Giardinera, and Angelica from Suor Angelica, among others. Master class experiences include working with Mirella Freni, John Wustman, Elly Ameling, Warren Jones, and Martin Katz. Ms. Wohlschlager received a master's of music in vocal performance from The University of Akron and holds a professional studies degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Ms. Wohlschlager's students have taken Grand Prize of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Jean L. Petitt Scholarship Competition, first place in the VOCI Scholarship Competition, have been named finalist in the Classical Singer Regional Competition, and have been named semi finalist in the Opera Columbus Irma Cooper Competition and the Orpheus Competition. Students have been accepted into such programs as NISHMI, NY Theatre Institute at Juilliard, Canton Comic Opera, and The CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster. Students have sung with Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Emerald City Opera, {Red} an Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Tuscarawas Symphony, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Crossover students in rock and jazz have had successful CD and music video releases and have gone on international and college music tours. Musical theatre students have performed off-Broadway through the Ice Festival and with many regional venues including The Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama Theatre, and Cain Park. Students have been accepted to attend Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Florida State, San Francisco Conservatory, Carnegie Melon, Louisiana State, and Ithaca Conservatory of Music, among others. Ms. Wohlschlager teaches voice for Malone University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western Reserve University.

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. Mrs. Georgieva-Smith was appointed as a collaborative piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007. She was born in Sliven, Bulgaria and 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. Mrs. Georgieva-Smith's 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.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2011.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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