October 4, 2011
Dr. Deborah Williamson, a soprano, will present a guest recital at OBU on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
The recital will feature musical selections by composers such as Richard Strauss, Claude Debussy, Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Giacomo Puccini and Roger Quilter. Williamson will be accompanied by Dr. Jeffery Peterson on piano.
Williamson earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Baylor University. She earned an artist diploma in opera and a master’s degree in voice from the University of Cincinnati, College/Conservatory of Music. She earned her doctorate in voice with a related field in vocal pedagogy from the University of North Texas.
At Baylor University, Williamson is a tenured associate professor of voice. She has served as a member of the voice faculty at The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, during the summer months, and holds the office of Governor of the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is frequently sought as an adjudicator and master class clinician at the state and regional levels and recently offered master classes at the Ghent Conservatory of Music in Belgium and at the Texas Music Teachers Association convention in Houston, Texas.
Williamson has performed principal roles with The Little Orchestra Society in New York at Lincoln Center, the New York Center for Contemporary Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Columbus, Lyric Opera of Waco, Columbus Light Opera, Abilene Opera, The Longview Opera, The Opera Project in Dallas and in performances of the West Virginia Symphony’s fully staged production of “Die Fledermaus.” She has appeared as Christine in the Kopit / Yeston “Phantom of the Opera,” touring major cities throughout Germany and Switzerland. Her performances of Monica in Menotti’s “The Medium,” as well as the title role in Huston’s “The Blind Girl,” were telecast on Cincinnati PBS-TV.
As a pianist and coach, Peterson has appeared in recitals and master classes on five continents, with such operatic artists as Martina Arroyo, James King and Teresa Kubiak, in venues as far-reaching as Hoam Hall in Seoul, the Marian Anderson Festival and Competition, and Manaus, Brazil. He has appeared at art song festivals in Cleveland and Delaware, and the Blossom Festival, and been part of cultural exchange cruises to Greece, Turkey, and South America. His performances have been broadcast on public radio stations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and New Mexico, as well as on WFMT in Chicago.
Peterson is assistant professor of voice at Baylor. He has taught at Indiana University, the University of Illinois, the University of Akron and, most recently, served on the Opera Studies Faculty at Northwestern University for five years. He earned a doctorate in vocal coaching and accompanying at the University of Illinois, where he was the assistant to renowned pianist and coach John Wustman. He has taught at several summer programs, including the Corso Estivo per Cantanti Giovani and The Italian Operatic Experience, both in Urbania, Italy, and the New York Vocal Institute, of which he was co-director. He is currently in charge of Music in the Marche, a program in Piobbico, Italy, which he founded and for which he is also artistic director.
The audience is invited to a reception following the recital.