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A GRADUATE VOICE RECITAL By ERICA WILLIAMS SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE: ELIZABETH GRAHAM, CHAIR BRENDA SMITH, MEMBER LAURA ELLIS, MEMBER A PERFORMANCE IN LIEU OF THESIS PRESENTED TO THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2014
Summary of Performance in Lieu of Thesis Presented to the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Music Graduate Voice Recital By Erica Williams May 2014 Chair: Elizabeth Graham Major: Music At 7:30pm on the 8th of February, 2014, a graduate voice recital was presented featuring works covering several time periods and languages. It was gi ven in the room 101 Recital Hall of the University of Florida Music Building. The recital began with E pur cos un giorno Pianger la sorte mia, one of Cleopatras famous arias from Ge orge Friedric Handels opera, Giulio Cesare in Egitto It continued with three German Lied by Richard Strauss: Stndchen, Morgen, and Kling! Concluding the first half was a bel canto aria Ah tardai troppo O luce di questanima, from Gaetano Donzettis Linda di Chamounix The second half consisted of tw o song sets: Claude Debussys Quatre Chansons de jeunesse and Robert L. Morris Lyric Suite: Spirituals in a Gospel Style Along with a variety of styles, the repertoire explored different aspects of vocal technique, including breath management, agility, and vowel fo rmation. A solid technique was required to allow freedom of expression to artistically fit the mood of each piece.
Pg # BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Erica Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in vo cal performance from Barry University. She was a recipient of a Music Talent Scholarship throughout her years at Barry University. Additionally, she was an intern in the University Music Mi nistry Internship program, receiving the Charles Heising Scholarship. While at Barry, Ms. Williams was featured in numer ous recitals and concerts such as scenes programs, the roles of The Friend in Amelia Goes To The Ball and Le Feu in Lenfant et les sortileges as well as the soprano soloist in Mozarts Regina Coeli From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Williams was a frequent performer with the Miami Lyric Opera (MLO) as a chorus member and a Young Artist. She has played comprimario roles such as The Aunt in Puccinis Madama Butterfly and the Shepherd Boy in Puccinis Tosca, for which she received delightful reviews. Other MLO performances include Lucia di Lammermoor Lelisir damore LAmico Fritz La Bohme, Don Pasquale, La Traviata, and Arrietas Spanish opera, Marina The summers from 2009 to 2012, Ms. Williams performed in the Riuniti Operas summer program with the Alhambra Orchestra. She sang the roles of Adele in Strauss Die Fledermaus as well as the First Spirit and the Queen of the Night in Mozarts The Magic Flute. Moreover, Ms. Williams was accepted into the 2013 American Singers Opera Proj ect Summer Program, in which she performed the role of Zerlina in Mozarts Don Giovanni As a student at the University of Florida, Ms. Williams participated in the University Chamber Choir. She travelled with the choir to Columbia, S outh Carolina, and Buga, Colombia, in which she was one of the soloists. Ms. Williams also performed wi th the Harpsichord Ensemble as a soprano soloist. Moreover, Ms. Williams was a part of the UF Op era Theater, participating in scenes programs and playing the role of the Second Attendant in Dido and Aeneas Ms. Williams is concluding her studies at
Pg # the University of Florida, pursuing a Master of Mu sic degree in vocal performance. She currently studies with Dr. Elizabeth Graham.