Concerts on Campus continues at Dalton State College with the Friday, March 11, Guest Artist Recital by Baritone Matthew Hoch and Soprano Christina Howell accompanied by Pianist Benjamin Harris.
Dr. Hoch is an Assistant Professor of Music at Shorter University in Rome where he teaches applied voice, vocal literature, and serves as coordinator of the vocal division. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-Barron, Northeastern University, Central Connecticut State University, the Hartt School, and the New England Conservatory.
He has performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and at the Oregon Bach Festival as well as at the Louisville Bach Competition. His operatic credits include the roles of Gianni Schicchi in Dido and Aeneas, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Silvio in Un ballo in maschera, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
Dr. Hoch also serves as choirmaster at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome and has directed the Shorter Chorus. A music scholar, he has researched, written, presented, and published on a variety of musical topics.
Dr. Howell is a member of the faculty of Clayton State University outside Atlanta where she teaches music classes in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts of the College of Arts and Sciences. An award-winning vocalist, she has been the recipient of the Max Berman Opera Prize, the Boris Goldovsky Award for Excellence in Operatic Acting and artist awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is a two-time district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, a semi-finalist in the National Stewart Awards and winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Vocal Competition.
Her operatic credits include playing Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Pamina in The Magic Flute. She also has extensive experience on the concert stage and as a judge in vocal competitions throughout the southeast.
Pianist Ben Harris serves as vocal coach and Instructor in Accompanying at Shorter University in Rome. In addition to working with vocalists and instrumentalists, he has also accompanied numerous university, symphony, and region choirs, as well as serving as ballet accompanist for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. He has also served as a staff accompanist for the American Institute of Musical Studies summer program in Graz, Austria.
Harris has played as a chamber musician on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and recently formed a performance group, Trio d’esprit, with flautist Susan Davis and cellist Gwendolyn Watson.
Hoch, Howell and Harris will perform in concert at the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall at Dalton State College on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. They appear courtesy of the Department of Humanities of Dalton State in a series of concerts coordinated by Dr. Ellie Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Music. The concert is free and open to the public; seating in Goodroe Auditorium is first-come, first served.