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Mezzo-soprano Laura Jordan in concert at Mountain View UMC

April 25th, 2014 11:15 am by Staff Report

Mezzo-soprano Laura Jordan in concert at Mountain View UMC

Laura Jordan will perform a recital Saturday to raise funds for an upcoming trip to Italy to study music. (contributed)

KINGSPORT — Laura Jordan and friends will perform a recital Saturday to raise funds for an upcoming trip to Italy.
As one of the 12 participants selected to perform in the Casentino Voice Opera Program in Stia, Italy, Jordan, a mezzo-soprano studying at East Tennessee State University, is thrilled by the opportunity to study under some of the world's finest teachers.

Mountain View United Methodist Church, 4405 Orebank Road, will host this young singer at 5 p.m., Saturday. Child care will be provided, and a reception will follow.

Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Joran began singing at a young age. She was part of the Charlotte Children's Choir, under direction of Sandy Holland. With the choir, she toured the country and attended festivals such as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. Jordan then moved to Johnson City, where she attended high school, where she a member of the Women's and Chamber Choirs for three years. In spring 2010, she won Superior Choral Soloist honors in the FiestaVal Competition at Universal Studios-Orlando, Fla.

At ETSU, Jordan studies with Karen Smith and sings in the ETSU Chorale, which toured in Austria and Hungary in 2011 under direction of Dr. Thomas Jenrette. In November 2011, Jordan was the alto soloist for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in its performance of Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy, Op. 80."

Jordan is a member of the ETSU Opera Workshop, with which she performed the role of Zita in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" in 2011 and the role of Giannetta in Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore" in February 2013. Along with her involvement in the Opera Workshop, she also has performed the role of Seconda Sorella Cercatrice in Asheville Lyric Opera's production of "Suor Angelica." She will perform the role of Maurya in ETSU Opera's production of "Riders to the Sea" in April 2014.

Jordan plans to receive a bachelor of music degree in 2015 then pursue graduate studies in vocal performance. She believes that "music saves lives or greatly affects them in many different ways, and I want to be a part of that."

While in Italy, she will study under internationally renowned soprano Valerie Girard, who received a master's degree at The Juilliard School. She will also study under mezzo-soprano Marian Bryfdir, who resides and teaches voice in Wales. Jordan will attend master classes, diction coachings, stage coachings, private lessons and acting classes all while broadening her knowledge of Italian culture. At the end of the program, she will perform pieces she has worked on in a recital at the Castello di Porciano in the heart of Stia.

"This experience may be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me," she said.

Proceeds from Saturday's recital will benefit her tuition, housing, and travel. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

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