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Fall Choral Concert features special CMU guest

Central Michigan University’s Dr. Amanda Pabyan will be a special guest at Southwestern Michigan College’s Fall Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. SMC alumni Anthony Tibbitts from Edwardsburg, now a CMU vocal performance major, will join her from Mount Pleasant to sing at the concert in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus.

Pabyan, a lecturer in voice at CMU since 2016, leads a master class for SMC Director of Choral Activities David Carew’s students in the afternoon prior to the concert.

She has been a professional performer for 13 years and a voice instructor for nine, with experience teaching advanced students privately in New Jersey, New York City and at the University of Cincinnati.

Critics rave about her talents: “A class act, silvery, brilliant, expressive in the stratosphere” (The Montreal Gazette); “a soprano of fearsome agility and power” (New York Observer); “The impressive Pabyan has a soprano with bite, which gives color and nuance to her sound” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto); and “a brilliant coloratura” who is “technically agile, clarion toned and incisive” (New York Times).

A coloratura soprano is an operatic voice that specializes in agile runs, leaps and trills.

Pabyan’s doctorate in vocal performance is from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She earned a bachelor’s degree in voice from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and has recorded Italian cantatas and German arias.

The public is invited. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and go towards activities for SMC performing arts students.