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10/15/2002 Linfield performance, master class to feature sopranos

McMINNVILLE – The harmonic energy of sopranos Vanessa Jump Nelson and April Brookins Duvic will be presented during "Duelin' Sopranos" Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

Nelson and Duvic, accompanied on piano by Mary Dibbern, will present a concert of 19th century French vocal music featuring compositions by Pauline Viardot and friends.

Dibbern will also present a master class in French vocal repertoire on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

Both the performance and the master class are free and open to the public.

Nelson and Duvic have performed together for four years. They recorded their first CD, "Christmas Joy," with pianist Paulette Hanchett in August, and are currently recording material for their second CD, an album of the music of Pauline Viardot and friends, with Dibbern on piano.

Nelson, of Portland, received her bachelor of arts degree in music and education from Portland State University in 1986. She has appeared in numerous solo and shared recitals throughout the Northwest. Frequently performing in the Duelin' Sopranos recital duo, she has also served as soloist with the Oregon Symphony Pops, St. Helens' "Live: On-Stage," Portland Symphonic Choir, Bel Canto Northwest, St. Mary’s Cathedral and a variety of other churches in the Portland area. She was recognized as a first place winner of the 1997 American Mothers, Inc., Oregon state vocal competition. Nelson maintains a private voice studio in Northwest Portland and until recently was the director of music at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church.

Duvic resides in Amboy, Wash., and received her bachelor of arts in music from Whitman College and her master of science in teaching from Portland State University. She teaches applied voice, music education and music appreciation at Clark College and is director of the Clark College Women's Choral Ensemble. She was the 2001 recipient of the Exceptional Faculty Award, the college's award for academic excellence. Duvic serves as an adjudicator and

clinician at both solo vocal and choral festivals in Oregon and Washington. Duvic is active in musical theatre at Clark College and in the Vancouver area, and has received awards for her musical direction. She has been the featured soloist with the Clark College Orchestra and was a member of the Leyden Singers.

Dibbern has lived in France since 1978 and is an accompanist and vocal coach for operatic productions, recordings, recitals and competitions. She works internationally as a free-lance vocal coach and accompanist. She is a frequent guest at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Centre de Formation Lyrique of the Opéra National de Paris as well as on the main stage of numerous opera companies. She has worked on the musical preparation of French, Italian and German operas and recordings, and has accompanied vocal recitals in the United States, Europe and Japan. Her recital recordings include "Mélodies de Jacques Leguerney," a CD produced to honor the composer's 90th birthday celebration in Paris and which won the Grand Prix du Disque. After the success of her world premier recordings of Leguerney's songs, she was chosen to edit eight volumes of the composer's previously unpublished melodies. She is the author of "Tales of Hoffmann: Performance Guide," "Carmen: Performance Guide for Pendragon Press" and "Interpreting the Songs of Jacques Leguerney: A Guide for Study and Performance in Collaboration with Carol Kimball and Patrick Choukroun."

For more information, call the Linfield College Music Department at 503-883-2275.