Department of Music

Bella Cantare - UCM Features Tracy Cowden & Guests

Virginia Tech University Chamber Music Series presents rising opera stars, Elizabeth McDonald, and Christin-Marie Hill on October 1, 2005 at 8 p.m., and October 2, 2005 at 3 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon on the Virginia Tech campus.

The singers, Ms. McDonand of Ontario, and Ms. Hill of Chicago will perform operatic duets by Puccini, Offenbach, and Delibes, and art songs from Europe, Canada and American composers reflecting three unique styles of the early 1900s. Tracy Cowden, piano, and Doris Lederer, violist with the Audubon Quartet, will accompany McDonald and Hill.

Ms. McDonald has performed throughout the United States and Canada as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, the Santa Fe Opera, the National Ballet of Canada, and as a featured soloist in various concert series. She was the first Canadian representative at the Fourth International Festival of Operatic Singers, held in Albania.

Ms. Hill began her musical career as a jazz vocalist in Paris, France. Since that time, she has added classical music and operatic roles to her repertoire. She has performed with opera companies such as the Illinois Opera Theatre, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. Recently, she participated in the Merola Opera program at the San Francisco Opera. Ms. Hill maintains an active career in oratorio and concert. She is currently a student of Inci Bashar.

Tracy Cowden recently joined the Virginia Tech Music faculty as an Assistant Professor of piano and vocal coach. She received the D.M.A. and M.M. degrees in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music and the B.M. degree in Piano Performance from Western Michigan University. Ms. Cowden is a collaborative pianist who has performed in recitals with principal musicians from the US and Canada. She frequently lectures on the art of collaborative piano, and will present workshops on the subject later this year.

Tickets are available in advance by calling the UUSA Ticket Office at (540) 231-5615 or online at, and at the door. For more information on the performance, please contact School of the Arts at (540) 231-5200.