Linfield faculty soprano to present music recital

Natalie GunnAcclaimed soprano Natalie Gunn, a Linfield College adjunct professor of music, will present a recital on Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Gunn will be joined onstage by fellow soprano Erin G. McCarthy, mezzo-soprano Sarah Maines and pianist Susan McDaniel. The recital will be split into two parts, and will feature several duets and trios. The first half will be sung in Italian and will feature works by Gioachino Rossini, George Frideric Handel and Giuseppe Verdi. The second half will feature music from Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss and Gabriel Fauré. There will also be a surprise ending to the performance.

Gunn’s clear voice and intelligent artistry make for vibrant performances in concert, recital and opera. She teaches vocal performance classes at Linfield and Willamette University, and is an active member of NATS and OMTA. She has been honored by several major artist competitions, including NATSAA, the National Opera Association, the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York City.

McDaniel, who is a Linfield alumna, has appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician, including recitals throughout Europe. She earned her master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and is the principal staff accompanist for the Linfield Music Department. She has been a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera, Portland Opera and Utah Festival Opera, as well as music director and pianist for the San Diego Opera Ensemble, Off-Center Opera (Seattle) and Puget Sound Concert Opera.

McCarthy is a dynamic performer whose soaring voice has been heard throughout the United States and abroad. She has been honored by the Gibner King Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council. An active member of NATS and a private instructor, Erin maintains a vocal studio in her Newberg home.

Maines, hailed as a “natural, most charming” performer, is also a practicing singing voice specialist who administers voice rehabilitation to injured singers referred by OHSU and laryngologist Dr. James P. Thomas. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory, and is a published researcher who frequently lectures on vocal health, pathology and function.

The recital is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, contact 503-883-2275, or visit