Saint Martin’s “Music @ 11” to feature mezzo soprano Deborah Baxter

Jan. 29, 2013

LACEY, WASHINGTON —Saint Martin’s University Music Department welcomes mezzo soprano Deborah Baxter as its next guest in the 2012-13 “Music @ 11” recital series. The recital, which features the song cycle “The Nursery” by Russian composer Mussorgksy, songs by Finnish composer Sibelius and French composer Honegger, and an African-American spiritual song set arranged by John Carter, will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Kreielsheimer Hall, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The free event is open to the public.

deborahbaxter Saint Martin’s University music students will also have an opportunity to work with Baxter in a master class which will be open to the public from 1:30 – 4 p.m. in Kreielsheimer Hall.

Deborah Baxter, Ph.D., is in her 25th year of teaching at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. The mezzo soprano enjoys a varied career as performer, stage director and master teacher. Her regional opera credits include thirty operatic roles, including Dorabella, Cenerentola and Oktavian. She has directed productions throughout the Midwest and is currently president of Opera Kansas. Baxter has presented master classes in eight states, served as a master teacher for the National Association of Teachers and Singing (NATS) Intern Program and is on faculty of the Canta in Italia summer voice and opera program in Florence, Italy. Former students may be found performing nationally and internationally in major opera houses, touring productions and on Broadway.

The “Music @ 11” recital series, now in its eighth year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born, M.M., chair of the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, to raise awareness of the musical arts and provide opportunities for students and the community to experience various genres of music in a recital setting.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Darrell Born
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department
360-438-4506; dborn@stmartin.edu

Sarah Holdener
Director of event services
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6140; sholdener@stmartin.edu