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Malone University music major Laurel Weir takes first place in statewide Tuesday Musical competition in voice

March 26, 2013 | Release # 6580

Laurel WeirMalone University music major Laurel Weir was the statewide winner of the Tuesday Musical Club's Adren J. Yockley Scholarship for voice on March 23, held at Guzzetta Hall at The University of Akron. Voice majors from Ohio's nationally known conservatories - including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin  - participated in the competition.

Weir was required to perform (memorized) an aria from an opera, oratorio or cantata; an art song in German, French or Italian; and one 20th-21st Century composition in English. She is a student of Cynthia Wohlschlager at Malone University.

Laurel Weir, soprano, is a graduate of Malone University (class of 2012) pursing a second bachelor of arts degree in music. Weir is a native of Canton, currently working in the GlenOak High School Choral Department.

She is a member of Malone Opera Theatre, where she has performed alongside her peers in various opera scenes from Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka, and Elixir of Love. She performed the role of the Mother in the 2012 Christmas at Malone production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. She was a guest soloist for GlenOak High School's 2011 performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria. And she has had the pleasure of performing privately for the choral students of Brian Kieffer and Mary Meese of GlenOak High School, as well as, for the students of Matthew Clear of Louisville High School, and Jim Millar of Tenafly Performing Arts High School in Tenafly, N.J.

She is a member of the Malone University Chorale and Chamber Choir, under the direction of David Donelson, Ed.D., and has served as president and vice-president of the University Chorale. She also sings with the Community Christian Church choir, under the direction of John Hayward and the newly formed Canton Community Chorus, under the direction of Darius McBride. She was granted the Dannemiller VOCI Vocal Scholarship and the Ruth M. Cogan Music Scholarship. Performances with the Malone University Chorale have taken her to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and across the United States. Most recently, she attended Sessione Senese per la Musica e l'Arte (SSMA), a month-long study abroad music performance program in Siena, Italy. While in Italy, she performed with vocal and orchestral students from the likes of Julliard, Carnegie Mellon, and the "Rinaldo Franci" Institute of Musical Studies of Siena, Italy. At SSMA, she was instructed by diction coach, Mariastella DiLorenzo and attended master classes conducted by Cynthia Wohschlager. Ms. Weir's future plans include touring in Italy with the Chamber Choir in May and attending graduate school in the fall, pursuing a master's degree in music. She has studied with Cynthia Wohlschlager, Heather Curtis, and was coached by Linda Jones of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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 has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 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 2015 


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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