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Visiting vocalists to perform, lead master classes at NMSU

New Mexico State University?s music department will welcome two visiting artists from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor March 31 to April 2.



Penny and George Hogan of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will offer master classes and perform a recital during their visit to New Mexico State University March 31 to April 2.

George Hogan, bass, and Penny Hogan, soprano, will present two master classes from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, and from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Music Center choral room. Class participants will perform in a recital held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Atkinson Recital Hall. The Hogans will also perform in their own recital at 5 p.m.

?This is an opportunity to see and hear professional singers/teachers work and perform,? said Lon Chaffin, music department head in NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences. ?Our guests are seasoned, experienced opera singers and vocal teachers. Both of them have had international operatic careers and have sung with many famous opera stars. They are personable, gracious and fun folks to be around.?

An assistant professor and assistant conductor of opera/music theater in UMHB?s music department, Penny Hogan graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a Bachelor of Music Education in voice. She received her Master of Music from the University of Michigan in vocal performance/opera, and has performed with opera houses and symphonies throughout the U.S.

George Hogan is also an assistant professor and the conductor of opera/music theatre at UMHB. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Hogan made his opera debut as Theseus during a PBS filming of ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream? at the age of 19. Since then he?s received various awards and recognition for his work ? among them, a Sullivan Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation. In 2009 he made his New York City debut as a stage director in ?Opera Shorts? for the Remarkable Theater Brigade at Carnegie Hall.

?With George Hogan, people will hear a bass voice that is profound, clear and exciting,? Chaffin said. ?With Penny Hogan, the audience will experience a gifted soprano who is not only a great singer but also a very engaging performer.?

All of the events are free and open to the public.