Summit Choral Society features Emily Murdock
The Summit Choral Society features professional soprano soloist Emily Murdock in Schuber’s “Mass in G Major” Sunday and Monday.One of the singers in the choral society recommended Murdock after singing with her in the Cantabile Singers in Boulder.”Emily performed the soprano solo part in this same piece, Schubert’s ‘Mass in G Major,’ in November 2010, in Boulder with the Cantabile Singers and the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and had rave reviews both from the Cantabile chorus members as well as their music director, so when we were looking for someone experienced to sing this demanding role we asked her to join us,” said choral society boardmember Debbie Kullby.Murdock holds a bachelor of music degree in voice and flute performance from the University of Montana and a graduate degree from the University of Boulder. There she sang plenty of principal roles and shared the stage with the University of Colorado Orchestra as a winner of the 2007 Honors Concerto Competition. She made her East Coast professional debut last year as the Dew Fairy in PORTopera’s “Hansel and Gretel,” where she garnered great reviews.”Mass in G Major” contains the traditional Latin Mass texts: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei, of which Murdock sings four of the movements.”This Mass is truly beautiful because it ends in a very somber, contemplative mood,” Murdock said. “My favorite movement is the Agnus Dei, which ends the whole piece. Simply beautiful, and very difficult to sing. Schubert writes very long phrases for the soprano and baritone soloist in the Agnus Dei. I’m hoping that the higher altitude in Breckenridge and Dillon won’t be too much of a problem in terms of breath support. It’s surprising how much a thing like altitude can affect singers – well, all athletes.” Murdock is happy to sing with the choral society, saying she loves “meeting new people and making music with them. There’s nothing like music to bring people together.”And, the members of the choral society feel the same.”It’s always nice for a choir like ours – community based, non-audition group of singers – to sing with a professional soloist,” said boardmember Sandy Kuschnerus. “It’s a good opportunity for both the choir and the soloist.”Sunday, two Summit High School students, who are applicants for the choral society’s annual scholarship, will also sing. Gabrielle Ketzenbarger attends Summit High, lives in Dillon and is considering majors in vocal performance, marine biology and education, and Clare Elich goes to Vail Mountain School, lives in Frisco and is planning on majoring in vocal performance.
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