UMW music presents recital and masterclass

UMW News Bureau

Leanne Freeman-MIller

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Department will present a two-day vocal recital and masterclass led by Drake University professor and acclaimed vocalist Leanne Freeman-MIller.

The recital will take place on Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Montana Western’s Small Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Freeman-Miller and UMW Instructor of Music Albert Brewer will perform a scene from the opera “Ballad of Baby Doe.” Freeman-Miller will also perform a duet with former UMW adjunct voice instructor Martha Hong. The performances will be accompanied by Hong and UMW Instructor of Music Gay Garard-Brewer.

The vocal masterclass will be held in the UMW band hall, Main Hall 415 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Freeman-Miller is a soprano vocalist from Urbandale, Iowa and is an associate professor of voice at her alma mater Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She received a master’s in music, vocal performance from Drake in 1996 after earning a bachelor of music, music education from the University of South Dakota in 1984.

She has performed in nearly 50 national recitals and performances and performed 36 orchestrals, chorals and solos since 1999. Freeman-Miller also sang in nearly 20 opera and musical theater performances and is the recipient of the 2006 Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year award.