FLORENCE, S.C. – “The Oratorio,” featuring soprano Sue Butler Orr, will be performed at Francis Marion University, Tuesday, April 4, as part of FMU’s First Tuesday Arts Event series.
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.
Orr, a native of Birmingham, Ala., graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. While at Samford, she studied with Eleanor Ousley, and appeared as soprano soloist with the university orchestra and sang in numerous opera productions. She then attended Florida State University, receiving a Master of Music degree, also in vocal performance, studying with Eugene Tally-Schmidt. Since coming to Florence in 1969, Orr has sung in many churches and appeared as soloist with the Masterworks Choir, Florence Symphony Orchestra, and the Longbay Symphony.
For the past 26 years, Orr has taught at FMU. As an assistant professor of music, she is the director of the choral program and teaches private voice. Under her leadership, the choral program has grown and now includes two choral groups: the Concert Choir and CUT TIME, a small show choir. CUT TIME has performed in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Vienna, Austria; and on a Music Festivals cruise aboard Sovereign of the Seas.
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