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KU voice professor invited to perform at distinguished music conservatory in Italy

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Julia Broxholm, KU assistant professor of voice, has been invited to travel to Italy in February to perform at the Conservatorio di musica--Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and the Istituto Vecchi-Tonelli in Modena. Broxholm will be collaborating with internationally-known clarinetist Fred Ormand in a program of repertoire for soprano, clarinet, and piano. They will also be presenting this program January 25, 7:30 p.m., in Swarthout Recital Hall at the University of Kansas. As a recognized authority on this repertoire, Broxholm has also been invited to give master classes at both conservatories. The conservatory in Milan is one of the oldest and most respected conservatories of music in Europe.

About the Artist

Soprano Julia Broxholm is a highly regarded recital soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. She is a founding member of SATB, a vocal quartet specializing in vocal chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is known for her performances of vocal literature by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her performances with SATB have taken her from the Cayman Islands International Music Festival to Severance Hall in Cleveland, and Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music. Recordings include two releases with SATB; Magic, and It's a Grand Night'.Four Singing. She also has recorded two CD's of soprano, clarinet repertoire with clarinetist Fred Ormand and pianist Martin Katz. Of Shepherds, Romance and Love features music of the 19th century, and a soon to be released recording will include the song cycles Ariel by Ned Rorem, and To Be Sung Upon the Water by Dominick Argento.

Broxholm received her DMA from the University of Michigan School of Music, and has been an active performer and teacher for over twenty-five years. Her operatic roles include Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, the title role in Floyd's Susannah, Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme. A recent project has been a series of premier performances of Byna, Life Songs of a Southern Appalachian Woman of Cherokee Indian Descent. Byna is the collaboration of a North Carolina composer and playwright, and has been receiving performances throughout the Appalachian mountain region. The Washington, D.C. premier of this major chamber work for soprano, piano, oboe and cello is planned for the 2006/2007 concert season. Broxholm joined the School of Music faculty at the University of Kansas in the fall of 2005.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436, www.music.ku.edu.

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