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BCC and Berkshire Bank Present Young Artist Series with Lisa Williamson
Oct 2, 2012
The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Young Artist Series presents Lisa Williamson, soprano, at the college's main campus, located at 1350 West Street in Pittsfield, on Tuesday, October 23. Williamson will lead a master class for BCC and high school students at 3:30 PM followed by a recital and a questions and answer session at 7 PM. This is a great opportunity for students of any voice or instrument to find out more about being a young performing professional artist. The recital, which will be held in BCC's Boland Theatre, is $5 general admission and open to the public. Funding for the series is provided by the Berkshire Bank Foundation.

Lisa Williamson is an award-winning soprano who most recently has been a young-artist-in-residence at New York's Glimmerglass Opera. She also has been with the Chatauqua Opera for two seasons, where, in addition to undertaking various opera roles, she played Maria in "West Side Story." Currently a graduate student at the Yale School of Music where she has played major roles with Yale Opera, Williamson has earned an undergraduate degree in music from Peabody Conservatory and has won several awards in major competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. A student of Doris Yarick-Cross at Yale, she has also taken master classes with opera star Marilyn Horne and musical theatre sensation Kristin Chenoweth.

The recital will feature arias, art songs, music from musical theatre, and songs from the Great American Songbook. Williamson will lead a Q&A session following the performance to discuss her path to being a professional performing artist.

The master class, which will be held at 3:30 PM in BCC's K-111, is available for anyone looking to improve their performance and/or auditioning skills--vocalists are especially invited but instrumentalists are encouraged to attend, as well. Getting ready to audition for music schools or to transfer? Try out your material in a low-pressure environment and get feedback. The class is free but participants must register no later than Friday, October 19th. To register, email Ellen Shanahan at and indicate which music you will be performing.

For more information on the Youth Artist Series, contact Ellen Shanahan at or 413-236-4703.

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