Saint Martin’s “Music @ 11” to showcase 100 years of women in musical theater

October 18, 2013

Music at ElevenLACEY, Wash. – Soprano Erin Guinup will trace a century of musical theater history through the music and words of women as the next guest in the Saint Martin’s University 2013-14 “Music @ 11” recital series. The one-hour concert, “The Ladies of Lyric and Song: A Musical Reflection on the Ground-breaking Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theater,” will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Kreielsheimer Hall, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The event is free and open to the public.

“This presentation includes operetta, jazz, folk-rock and contemporary songs by artists such as Kay Swift, Mary Rodgers and Jeanine Tesori. I’ll use props, photos and stories to bring these women to life and, hopefully, expand the audience’s appreciation for these remarkable trailblazers,” says Guinup. Based in Tacoma, Guinup has sung a wide range of operatic and musical theater roles, including Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel,” Musetta in “La Boheme,” Mary in “Savior of the World,” and Christine in “Phantom of the Opera.”

She has performed with the Tacoma Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Rainier Family Opera, Capital Playhouse, Northwest Repertory Singers, Tacoma Concert Band and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Guinup says she wears many hats – as an actress, director, conductor/music director, composer, writer and, in her spare time, kickboxing enthusiast.

“It’s going to be very exciting to have Erin here on our Lacey campus because she is a successful, classical soprano who has been able to cross over into the musical theater genre,” says Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born, M.M., chair of the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “I am so happy to have her come in and demonstrate her expertise as a very diversified performer – our music students are going to need to develop both their classical and musical theater skills in order to find sustainable and rewarding work in the performing arts.”

Born created the “Music @ 11” recital series, now in its ninth year, to raise awareness of the musical arts and provide opportunities for students and the community to experience various kinds 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

For additional information:

Darrell Born
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager