School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan


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Welcome Concert: George Shirley Vocal Competition

Britton Recital Hall

May 19
7:00 pm

Free - no tickets required

Concert features tenor Tyrese Byrd, sopranos Catherine Gispart, Cinderella Ksebati, Juliet Schlefer, and Louise Toppin and pianists Joshua Marzan, Sarah Thune and Peter Smith. World premiere compositions by Khyle Wooten and Uzee Brown.

Welcome by Dr. Louise Toppin, Professor of Voice, The University of Michigan; Director, The George Shirley Vocal Competition

The George Shirley Vocal and Composer Competition focuses entirely on African American Vocal Repertoire and is open to singers of all ethnicities. The composer’s competition is open to African American composers. The competition offers singers and composers the opportunity to work with and receive feedback from world-renowned judges, including George Shirley. More than $35,000 in prizes will be awarded.