Chautauqua Voice students conclude seven-week program with sing-in, sing-out

Matthew Payne performs at the Voice Program’s annual Sing-In at Fletcher Music Hall on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

As Chautauqua reaches the end of Week Seven, the Voice Program is coming to an end. On June 26, voice students debuted with a Sing-In. At noon Thursday, August 9, in McKnight Hall, they will conclude with a Sing-Out.

Over the last seven weeks, voice students have performed in numerous recitals and have produced the opera L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), the opera Carmen and the operetta The Student Prince, which will have its final run Thursday, August 9.

Through all of this, Marlena Malas, voice chair, said, “They learn.”

“This is all about education and learning how to be on a stage … learning how to be a singing actor, and not just make beautiful sounds, but to communicate the texts and the character,” Malas said. “(These performances) are all major learning experience(s).”

Marlena Malas, left, and Spiro Malas applaud a performance at the Voice Program’s annual Sing-In at Fletcher Music Hall on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. HALDAN KIRSCH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Malas said she sees the results of these learning experiences: growth in the students.

“It’s been a fantastic summer. These young people have grown so much. It’s always very gratifying to me, and I’m so grateful for the administration that keeps allowing me to do what I do with these young people,” Malas said. “… I hear and see the results of their comfort, the growth emotionally as well vocally and the growth as human beings with each other.”

Education is what the Voice Program is about, Malas said. The Voice Program is not an opera company, but she said the program tries, “to give (students) as (many) ways to sing all kinds of music.”

Malas said voice students can select the songs they perform at the Sing-Out and said the performance is “hysterical.”

One year, a group of baritones decided to sing an aria from Il Barbiere di Siviglia called “Largo al factotum,” Malas said.

“Each one took a line, and then, they all sang the high notes at the end of the thing,” Malas said. “It’s hysterical.”

Tags : Chautauqua Voice ProgramL’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)McKnight HallSing-OutThe Student Prince

The author Flora Junhua Deng

Flora Junhua Deng is covering the School of Music for The Chautauquan Daily this summer. She is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is studying journalism and music. A native of China, Flora is not a huge fan of coffee but likes tea. She is a cat person but also loves dogs.