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Virginia Tech News / Articles / 2011 / 06 

Select group of music department singers to perform in Roanoke, Floyd, and Blacksburg June 24-26

June 21, 2011

Students Allison Brownell and Tatiana MacMartin
Allison Brownell, mezzo-soprano, who graduated with a master’s degree in music education from Virginia Tech in 2011, and Tatiana MacMartin, soprano, of Midlothian, Va., senior music major

Nine Virginia Tech students and their professors — Theodore Sipes, baritone and assistant professor of voice in the Department of Music, and Ariana Wyatt, instructor in music — are going to be performing around Blacksburg and the surrounding area June 24-26. The group is raising awareness of the Vocal Arts and Music Festival, presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, as well as their own department.

“Performing in public is an important part of our students’ education,” said Sipes, who is co-directing these summer student performances with Wyatt. “Bringing an international music festival such as the Vocal Arts and Music Festival to campus provides a great potential resource for our students. We're excited about the opportunity for the students to perform and to hear the great performances of the festival, as well.”

All of the student singers are music majors. The student singers are

  • Claire Davenport, soprano, of Richmond, Va., a junior at Virginia Tech;
  • Daniel Gonzales, baritone, of Manassas, Va., a senior at Virginia Tech;
  • Jordan Hatchett, tenor, of Collinsville, Va., a sophomore at Virginia Tech;
  • Ashley Hodges, soprano, of Charlottesville, Va., a senior at Virginia Tech;
  • Paige Russell, soprano, of Virginia Beach, Va., a senior at Virginia Tech;
  • Tori Salisbury, soprano, of Parkersburg, W.Va., a junior at Virginia Tech;
  • Jordan Stadvec, soprano, of Princeton, W.Va., a senior at Concord University;
  • Becca Wiles, mezzo-soprano, of Blacksburg, Va., a sophomore at Virginia Tech; and
  • Jeremiah Witte, baritone, of Bristol, Va., a junior at Virginia Tech.

The singers will perform on Friday, June 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ceritano’s Restorante at 428 North Main Street in Blacksburg. Then at 8 p.m., the group will proceed to Squires Recital Salon in Squires Student Center at Virginia Tech to attend the Vocal Arts and Music Festival’s Music of Mozart and Strauss.

On Saturday, June 25, the student singers and their professors will perform from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the farmers markets in Grandin Village in Roanoke, Va., at 1319 Grandin Road; in Floyd, Va., at 205 S. Locust Street; and in Blacksburg at 100 Draper Road. From 5:30-7 p.m., they will perform at Natasha’s Market Café at 227 North Locust Street in Floyd. At 8 p.m., the group will adjourn to attend the Vocal Arts and Music Festival’s Music of Poulenc and Ravel in Squires Recital Salon.

On Sunday, June 26, the student and faculty group will perform during brunch at Preston’s in the Inn at Virginia Tech at 901 Price's Fork Road in Blacksburg from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free parking is available at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.

“We are so pleased that Virginia Tech’s students are adding their voices to this year’s festival, and sharing their talents across the region. Our goal for the festival is to celebrate the beauty of opera, song, and the human voice in all its many forms; our faculty and students are wonderful partners in fulfilling that mission,” said Center for the Arts Executive Director Ruth Waalkes.

Free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.