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Malone University Faculty Artist Series presents Deborah Popham on February 24

February 12, 2014 | Release # 6839

Deborah PophamCollege of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – The Department of Music Faculty Artist Series continues with Deborah Popham, assistant professor of music and coordinator of vocal studies/director of opera theatre at Shorter University on Monday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. The recital is free and open to the public. A program follows:


Deborah Popham, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, opera director, coordinator of vocal studies, is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Popham attended the University of Akron, where she graduated summa cum laude and with honors, earning a bachelor of music degree in voice performance, and two bachelor of arts degrees in English and philosophy. After finishing undergraduate studies, she remained at the University of Akron, studying music theory. She concluded her studies at Arizona State University, where she earned a master of music in music theater performance (opera) and her doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance, where she was a student of Jerry Doan.

Popham has performed internationally as a soloist throughout Italy and Switzerland, including the soprano solo of Fauré's Requiem, as well as the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. An active recitalist as well, she has been guest recitalist throughout the United States, including South Carolina, Arizona, and Missouri. Popham has also performed with Arizona Opera, Rome Symphony, and was selected for the Emerging Artist program with OperaWorks. A few of her performing credits include Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Seven Hills Opera, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, and Tatania Navigator in Royal Flush (an original improvisational opera).

Some of her opera directing credits at Shorter include La Divina (Pasatieri), La Canterina (Haydn), The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore), and Die Zauberflöte (Mozart). As part of her dissertation, she produced/directed a performance of Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice, for soprano, piano, and clarinet with a choreographer and three dancers.

Popham's students have won at state and regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) auditions in both classical and musical theatre categories, and have been accepted into numerous universities, summer programs and summer stock around the country. Prior to her serving at Shorter University, Dr. Popham taught voice and other music courses at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, and at the University of Akron in Akron, OH. Dr. Popham has maintained a private studio since 2001 and is an active member of NATS.


Der Rattenfänger (1888)                                                   Hugo Wolf

Auch kleine Dinge (1891)                                                     (1860-1903)

Auf dem Wasser zu singer, D. 774 (1823)                Franz Schubert

Frühlingsglaube, D. 686 (1822)                                            (1797-1828)

Erlkönig, D. 328 (1815)

Al amor                                                                    Fernando Obradors

Con amores, la mi madre                                                     (1897-1945)

Del cabello más sutil

Freschi luogi, prati aulenti (1918)                           Stefano Donaudy

O del mio amato ben (1918)                                                               (1879-1925)


À Chloris (1916)                                                             Reynaldo Hahn

Dans la nuit (1921)                                                                           (1874-1947)

Rêve d'amour, op. 5, no. 2 (1864)                                Gabriel Fauré

Les roses d'Ispahan, op. 39, no. 4 (1884)                      (1845-1924)

Fleur jetée, op. 39. no. 2 (1884)

The Green Dog (1939)                  Herbert Kingsley (1858-1937)

Sweet Suffolk Owl (1979)                     Richard Hundley (b. 1931)

The Monk and His Cat, op. 29 (1953)Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

The Serpent (1979)                                                      Lee Hoiby (1926-2011)

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 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


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