Famed singer Marilyn Horne tutoring BGSU students this week

Opera News has called her “maybe the most influential singer in American history” and this week, she’ll be teaching students at BGSU’s College of Musical Arts.

  Marilyn Horne

Famed singer Marilyn Horne returns to Bowling Green Tuesday-Thursday (Oct. 4-6) as the inaugural artist of the Helen McMaster Endowed Professorship in Vocal and Choral Studies. She last visited BGSU in December 1996, when she gave a sold-out recital on the Festival Series.

Currently focusing on a “master teacher” career, Horne will privately coach voice students in the College of Musical Arts. She also will conduct two master classes featuring many of the same students.

The first master class will take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 5) and the second, from 2-4 p.m. Thursday. Both classes, to be held in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center, are free and open to the public. No photography or audio/video recording will be permitted.

Horne’s five-decade career in opera, concert and recital has been celebrated throughout the world for the power and artistry of her unique and dazzling mezzo-soprano coloratura.

In 1994, she launched the Marilyn Horne Foundation to support young singers in the art of the song. She is the vocal program director at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif. In addition to her ongoing teaching and master class activities, she continues to perform in concert, specializing in
programs that reflect her deep and abiding interest and experience, since childhood, in American folk and popular songs.

Helen and the late Harold McMaster established the endowed professorship in spring 2000. Helen McMaster, a longtime Perrysburg resident, has supported the arts at BGSU for many years. In 1992 she served as honorary chair of Bowling Green’s Campaign of the Arts, to which the McMasters donated $150,000.

Generous friends of BGSU, she and her late husband have previously donated to programs in music, business, science and the Center for Photochemical Sciences. They established the Harold and Helen McMaster Professor of Photochemical Sciences position in 1993; helped to purchase a photoelectron microscope for the center in 1992, and gave the University a $1 million gift for the McMaster Endowment Fund, which supports the chemical sciences, in 1985.

October 3, 2005