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‘A Night of Wonderful Singing’ February 7 at ABAC First Tuesday Concert

January 30, 2017

Baritone Earl Coleman will perform during “A Night of Wonderful Singing” at the First Tuesday Concert Series at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Chapel of All Faiths at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  He will be accompanied on piano by Susan Hoskins.  This concert is open to the public at no charge.

The First Tuesday series, now in its 15th year, features regional professional artists on the first Tuesdays of five months during the year.  Dr. Susan Roe, Head of the Department of Fine Arts and Professor of Voice, is the First Tuesday Program Director.

Coleman will perform selections from G. F. Handel, Henry Purcell, David Shire and Frederick Loewe, as well as Mark Hayes’ arrangement of ‘There is a Balm in Gilead,” John W. Work’s arrangement of ‘This Little Light o-Mine” and Hall Johnson’s arrangement of “Ride On, King Jesus.”  Coleman will also perform “Three Shakespeare Songs” by Robert Quilter and “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Coleman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice and violin from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with further studies at The Julliard School, the University of Michigan, and the Aspen Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute.  The William and Isabelle Curry Eminent Faculty Scholars Chair in voice at Columbus State University, Coleman has performed in operatic, musical theatre and jazz venues throughout the United States and Europe.

As a singer, Coleman has appeared as a soloist with over 60 orchestras including those of Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City, Chattanooga, Chautauqua and the Colorado Philharmonic. In 2004, he taught at the internationally renowned Santa Fe Opera. He has performed as a soloist under noted maestros Leonard Bernstein, George Solti, Robert Shaw, and Gustav Meier.

In addition to his singing, Coleman attained an advanced degree in violin and is an experienced orchestral and chamber musician.  His professional accolades include a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004 and the establishment of the Earl Coleman Music Scholarship in the School of Music of the University of Missouri-Columbia, his alma mater, in 2007.

In 2010, Coleman was selected to serve as one of four Master Teachers for the National Intern Program of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, working with 12 select young professional singer/teachers from the United States and Canada. He received the distinction of Master Teacher of the National Association of Singing, which is a lifetime designation.

Hoskins joined the faculty of the Schwob Conservatory of Music at Columbus State University in 2006.  She received degrees in piano performance from Auburn University and the University of Texas. While a Rotary scholar in Salzburg, Austria, she was asked to join the faculty of the Mozarteum Conservatory of Music as a vocal coach.  In addition to teaching Collaborative Piano, she has accompanied students to regional and national titles through Music Teachers National Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as to the Prague Spring International Competition in 2008.

In recent years Hoskins has served as collaborative pianist for the American String Teachers Association competition, the Atlanta Horn Symposium, The Carolyn Hove English Horn Masterclasses, the Southeast Trombone Symposium, the 43nd International Trombone Festival and the International Double Reed Society Conference 2016.

For more information on the First Tuesday Concert Series, interested persons can contact Roe at
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