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See The Rising Stars of Art Song Singing - March 31st at 1pm

From: Blair
Sent on: Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:08 PM

  The Art Song Preservation Society Presents

The Mary Trueman Vocal Arts Competition
March 31, 2012  1 pm
(reception to follow)  
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium,
The Colonial Dames of America
417 East 61st St. (First/York) -59th Street;
4, 5, 6 to 59th St.

$10 in advance/$15 at the door

or call (646)[masked]


judging the competition
Corradina Caporello (The Juilliard School)
Thomas Grubb (The Juilliard School)
Thomas Muraco (The Manhattan School of Music)

Jacquelyn Familant, soprano
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Silvie Jensen, mezzo-soprano
Malcolm Merriweather, baritone
Winnie Nip, soprano
Tami Petty, soprano
Rosalie Sullivan, mezzo-soprano
Michael Weyandt, baritone

Born in Penwortham in the county of Lancashire, in the UK, Mary Trueman [masked]) grew up in an impoverished but musically rich family. Mary was an accomplished piano accompanist and even before she received much formal training, she played for many singers at regional recitals and music festivals. She was a remarkable woman who went on to construct for herself an unbelievably well-rounded education perfect for instructing singers in the areas of art song and the operatic repertoire. Mary held degrees with Honors in French & German Language & Literature from the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England. She was also a Licentiate of the London Royal Academy of Music in England in Piano Accompaniment. Later she earned a diploma in Vocal Pedagogy from the Birmingham School of Music. These qualifications were later validated as being the equivalent of an American Master’s degree. In the early 1980s, Mary moved to Houston, Texas to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law. While in Houston, she became a full member of NATS and developed her own private voice studio. She also began teaching French, German, and Spanish at a Houston area Catholic High School.  It wasn’t long before she found herself teaching voice at Texas Southern University, and soon after she was invited to teach classes in French Diction and Vocal Repertoire as well as the German Diction and Vocal Repertoire class at Rice University (Shepherd School of Music) considered by many to be the Ivy League institution of the South or the “New Ivy”.  All the while she found time to time to qualify as a certified massage therapist. She never practiced but always maintained that it helped her better understand the physiological conditions necessary for good vocal production. Students from her classes have gone on to grace the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera stages and perform in recitals internationally. She believed in singers putting forth tireless effort towards technical advancement as the only true path to vocal freedom and discovering the exuberance of singing. As it relates to the art song she was a firm believer in the close examination of poetry, speaking the poem aloud to note the rhythm of the words, and that excellence in a singer's interpretation is enhanced and validated by a deep understanding and appreciation of the successive literary movements which influenced the poets' approach to life and art. Because of these reasons Mary Trueman is the force behind The Art Song Preservation Society. 

“The interpreter’s task is to internalize not only the rhythm of the music, but the inner rhythm of the words and their psychodynamic and psycholinguistic qualities. The poetic source must be unhampered by the singer’s personal emotion of the moment, and all feelings must have been absorbed so that the singer is singing from a position of strength and assurance. Only the expressive urge of the singer’s intent will be able to evoke a response from the listener. The genres of the Lied and the Mélodie have their own intrinsic message which one can only experience when these songs are performed after taking the entire poem into consideration.”

“When the artistic imagination is coupled with technical mastery the resultant flow of tone will be compelling in its freedom. Communication will be direct and unencumbered. I cannot urge singers enough to work very hard at the mechanics of singing. Remain devoted to your work and you’ll surely discover the joy of singing. The rewards will be great! Pleasures will come to those who will not be denied. You must not be denied! And you must not put off the critical practice that is required. To quote Shakespeare ‘There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves or lose our venture’. This is the greatest advice that I impart to you. Act now! While the ratio of forces is most advantageous; waiting around only allows your power to pass its crest and begin to ebb. Plus ultra (Go further beyond).” - Mary Trueman

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