Rocky students chosen to perform Saturday with opera star

2013-03-22T00:00:00Z 2013-03-22T10:54:22Z Rocky students chosen to perform Saturday with opera star The Billings Gazette

Rocky Mountain College students Janie Rife, Koree MacMurdie, Travis Kuehn, Jacob Scharbrough and Keli Rhea Mitchell have been chosen to sing with famed opera soprano Pamela South at a recital Saturday.

The Morrison Recital, presented by the RMC Music Department, is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7:30 p.m., in the Taylor Auditorium in Losekamp Hall.

Rife also participated in South's master class, which was held Wednesday in Losekamp Hall. Participants sang arias, and South later joined them on stage to work on vocal and performance technique.

South, who sang leading roles with almost every major opera company and with opera greats Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Beverly Sills, is a guest artist and teacher at RMC.

“I think Billings will really enjoy her because she’s a friendly, outgoing person with a Western down-to-earth manner,” said Carolyn Coefield, RMC voice instructor.

Coefield said donations will be solicited to replenish the Morrison Family Endowment, which supports a special artist at Rocky each year.

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