Aug. 09, 2018
Left to Right: Garrett Vogel, Ismaelena Serrano, Emily Auten, Dr. Moon-Sook Park, Ashley Trotter, Lisa Kulczak
In July, five students and one professor from the Department of Music represented the University of Arkansas at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy.
The festival brings together pianists, vocalists and string players from around the world for an opportunity to work with renowned teachers, coaches, pianists and directors in a one-on-one setting. Five vocalists from the University of Arkansas participated in this year’s intensive three-week vocal studies program.
Moon-Sook Park, associate professor of music in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, was invited to teach for a second year as one of six voice artist-faculty members at the festival. She participated in the faculty recital on Wednesday, July 11, which took place in the Brancaleoni castle, a 13th-century historic structure overlooking the city.
Five students from Park’s voice studio also attended the festival: three undergraduate students—Emily Auten, Ashley Trotter and Garrett Vogel; two graduate students—Lisa Kulczak and Ismaelena Serrano. Each student had the opportunity to perform in multiple recitals and concerts.
Three students performed in the festival’s full-staged opera, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Kulczak and Serrano sang the principal parts of Zita and Lauretta, respectively. Vogel performed the part of Maestro Spinelloccio. The production was directed and coached by acclaimed musical staff from across the world, including affiliates of the Metropolitan Opera of New York and the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome.
Additionally, Auten, Trotter, Vogel and Serrano performed in a concert of staged scenes from operas ranging from the Baroque period to contemporary works. All students performed in vocal recitals throughout the festival, with some participating in concerts given in the neighboring towns of Fano and Piandimeleto.
In addition to performances, the students had daily vocal lessons with different voice teachers and vocal coaching, …