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Join Amy Jarman, soprano; Jonathan Retzlaff, lyric baritone; Gayle Shay, mezzo-soprano; and Melissa Rose, pianist, for an invocation of song as their program “Singing Back Through Time: American Song from 2008-1900” opens the Spring 2008 Faculty Concert Series at the Blair School of Music, Friday, Jan. 25, in the Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall.

Soprano Amy Jarman is a frequent recitalist and collaborative performer whose repertoire ranges from art song literature to sacred works, opera to musical theatre, and from traditional to new music.

An eager collaborator with her Blair colleagues, she has recently performed Benjamin Britten’s “Les Illuminations de Rimbaud” with the Vanderbilt Chamber Orchestra under the baton of conductor Robin Fountain, Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir under the direction of David Childs and with a Chamber Wind Ensemble in an American premiere of music by Spanish composer Andres Valero-Castells conducted by Thomas Verrier. Jarman has been a member of the voice faculty at Blair since 1986.

Lyric baritone Jonathan Retzlaff has presented more than 100 performances and master classes in 25 states and Europe. Retzlaff is associate professor of voice and chair of the voice department at the Blair School of Music.

Retzlaff has served as the Tennessee Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association.

Gayle Shay, mezzo soprano, has performed throughout the United States and Canada in musical theater, opera and oratorio. She is a member of the International Voice Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada) and a featured soloist at the Vancouver (Canada) International Voice Institute, 2007. Shay is director of the Vanderbilt Opera and has been part of the Blair School since 1998.

Melissa Rose has performed as a collaborative pianist in Russia, Argentina and throughout the United States. Since 1994 she has been the resident pianist with the Summerfest Chamber Music Series in Kansas City. She has also performed regionally with the Nashville Symphony, Alias Chamber Players, and the Historic Franklin Chamber Music Festival. Before joining the piano faculty at Blair in 1996, Ms. Rose was an associate professor of piano and accompanying at Truman State University in Missouri.

Contact: Cindy Steine, (615)322-7656