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Emily Waller, Soprano and Graeme Burgan, Piano
September 19 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey welcomes Emily Waller, Soprano and Graeme Burgan, Piano to the 1867 Sanctuary for a program consisting of great French composers including Faure, Debussy, Hahn, Poulenc, and Massiaen. There is a small lecture component to this recital: between each set of songs, they will talk about the music`s details; history, story, the composers and poets, and other points of interest that will add the audiences overall experience.
The program features:
Poéme d`un jour
Cinq Poéme de Beaudelaire
Harmonie du soir
Le jet d`eau
La mort desamants
Chanson d`Orkenise Hotel
Fagnes de Wallonie
Voyage a Paris
La fiancée perdue
Emily Jane Waller (http://emilywaller.wixsite.com/eawaller) is a passionate, up and coming soprano whose focus is within the dramatic and verismo repertoire. Ms. Waller will make her international debut as guest artist and guest speaker at the Bonn International School in Bonn, Germany in Spring 2018. Currently, she is appearing in a recital series of French song; “La Belle Nuit”, in several cities throughout the United States. In addition, Ms. Waller has performed the roles Handmaiden/villager in Turandot, with Michigan Opera Theater, Giulietta in Les Contes d`Hoffmann, Baba the Turk in The Rakes Progress, Café Girl in La Bohème, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, and Mama Maddelena in Nine, all with the Michigan State University Opera Theater. She has done extensive scene study of the roles of Brünnhilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Elsa(Lohengrin), Rusalka(Rusalka), Arabella(Arabella), and Ellen(Peter Grimes).
Ms. Waller has been a guest artist with Westminster Choir College, Traverse City Symphony, The Summit of Florida, and All Saints Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church recital series concerts, in East Lansing and Mount Clemens, MI respectively.
Ms. Waller has worked with directors that include Garrnet Bruce, Marc Verzatt, Melanie Helton, Richard Crittenden and Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios. She has sung in Master Classes for Deborah Birnbaum, Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Hundley, Larry Alan Smith, Darren Hagen, Stephen Wadsworth and Julian Rodescu. Voice coaches have included Marie-France Lefebvre, J.J Penna, Nova Thomas, Daniel Beckwith, Robert Thieme, and Thomas Hetrick. Voice teachers have included Melanie Helton, Leyna Gabriele, Sharon Sweet, Molly Fillmore, Dr. Stephen Austin, Irina Mishura, and currently with Dr. Stephen Morscheck.
As a chorister Emily has performed with Westminster Kantorei for the World Premieres of Stefan Young’s O! Vengeance! and Caleb Burhan’s Super Flumina Babylonis, with the Westminster Symphonic Choir in A Tribute to Christoph Eschenbach: Symphony of a Thousand, and with Westminster Kantorei, Saint Matthew Passion. In addition, as a chorister, she performed with the Michigan State University Chorale, Michigan State University Women Ensemble, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Phildadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, under the batons of Dr. David Rayl, Kevin Rhodes, Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. Andrew Megill, David Robertson, Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Möst, and Kurt Masur at world-reknown locations such as Detroit Orchestra Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Avery-Fisher Hall and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Ms . Waller holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University. She is preparing for audition tours throughout the United States as well having success as a recitalist.
Graeme Burgan is an active professional musician, educator and administrator; originally from Adelaide, Australia, he now lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons.
As a solo and collaborative pianist, Graeme has appeared in concert halls across Australia and the United States including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, the Andrea Clearfield Salon, the Melbourne Recital Center, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around program. Graeme is also a member of the touring group, Piano4.
Graeme has collaborated with singers Alan Held and Suzanne Kompass; with composers Sean O’Boyle, Rollo Dilworth and Morten Lauridsen; and four Australia-wide tours with percussion virtuoso Nick Parnell. As a performer and repetiteur, Graeme has worked with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Cairn University, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and the Westminster Opera Theater. As a chorister, Graeme has performed with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Graeme is currently on the faculty of Cairn University, with past teaching appointments at Moravian College, Tabor Adelaide and Adelaide College of Ministries. Having earned graduate degrees in Music from Westminster Choir College and in Biblical Studies from Cairn University, Graeme has a particular interest in helping young Christian musicians find how their faith is integrated through professional artistic pursuits.
Since 2015, Graeme has served as the Executive Director of Csehy Summer School of Music, a summer program which hosts more than 250 young musicians every July with the goal that musical excellence would be based in a gospel-centered community.