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Tenor Ronald High to perform at FMU, Oct. 19

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Tenor Ronald H. High will perform at Francis Marion University in a Department of Fine Arts Guest Recital, Tuesday, Oct. 19.

    The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

    High, a professor of voice at Benedict College in Columbia, will present a tenor vocal recital of works of Adler, Scarlatti, Fauré, Schubert, and Brahms. In addition, he will include folk songs and black spirituals. He will be accompanied by pianist Benjamin Woods, a professor of music at FMU.

    High, a native Texan, began playing the piano when he was 4 years old. He received the B.M. degree, cum laude, from the University of North Texas; the M.M., with distinction, from Arizona State University; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois. While attending this institution, he was an artist/pupil of William Warfield and John Wustman, pianist for Luciano Pavarotti.

    He has done additional study at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif.; the Blossom Music Festival in Kent, Ohio; the American and Sherwood conservatories in Chicago, Ill.; and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He has also studied with master teachers and coaches in various parts of the nation. He has been a recipient of several postdoctoral and faculty development grants, which have afforded him the opportunity to pursue research projects at Northwestern University, Harvard University, New York University, Emory University, and the Shenandoah Conservatory.

    High has been a collaborative pianist for noted artists including the Barrett Sisters Gospel Trio, Thomas Carey, Gregory Hopkins, Robert Sims, Faye Robinson, Jo Ann Pickens, Ivan Thomas, and William Warfield. He was a participant in the Carnegie Hall Centennial Choir under the direction of Maestro Robert Shaw. In October of 2003, he participated in a concert tribute to Warfield titled “Homage to an American Treasure,” which was held at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

    High has been selected a Senior Fulbright Scholar for the spring semester 2005 to lecture, teach, and perform at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater (Conservatory of Music and Drama) in Hannover, Germany. He will also be a part of the inauguration of the Institute for World Music at the Hochschule.

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Last Published: October 12, 2004 5:12 AM
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