Jan. 27, 2012
Webster University Presents a Voice Recital, "In Dreams Awake," with Soprano Heather McKenzie Patterson
Webster University presents a voice recital entitled "In Dreams Awake" with Soprano Heather McKenzie Patterson and
Trent Patterson, piano. The repertoire will be selected pieces from the following composers: Lee Hoiby, Richard Strauss, Debussy, Verdi, Tosti, Mascagni and Ricky Ian Gordon.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, 2 p.m.
Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Ave. Webster University
$5 general public. $3 senior adults
Call the Webster University Fine Arts Hotline at 314-968-7128.
Soprano Heather McKenzie Patterson is one of Saint Louis' up-and-coming performing artists and teachers. Since arriving in 2010, she has appeared with a wide range of Saint Louis ensembles, including the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, the Bach Society of Saint Louis, Webster University Symphony Orchestra, Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Manchester United Methodist Choirs and Orchestra. Recent operatic engagements include Yum-Yum in The Mikado (Saint Louis Beacon), Musetta in La Bohème (Arbor Opera Theater), Frasquita in Carmen (Arbor Opera Theater), and Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Michigan State Opera Theatre). As a 2011 Emerging Artist with Arbor Opera Theater, Ms. Patterson also performed scenes as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, and the title role of Manon.
In addition to her operatic appearances, Ms. Patterson is an active recitalist and enjoys performing works by living composers such as Lori Laitman, Juan Orrego-Salas, and the late Lee Hoiby in recital as well as in concert with the chamber orchestra Musique21, conducted by Raphael Jimènez.
Ms. Patterson received Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and psychology from Furman University and a Master of Music in vocal performance from Michigan State University, where she studied with soprano Melanie Helton and coached with Marie-France Lefebvre. Ms. Patterson participated in V.O.I.C.Experience: “Sherrill Milnes & Friends,” where she worked with Patricia McCaffrey, Sherrill Milnes, Jorge Parodi and Joachim Schamberger. Ms. Patterson currently studies with Christine Armistead and coaches regularly with director Tim Ocel and pianist Gail Hintz. She has participated in master classes with Scott Schoonover and Mary Ann Hart and worked extensively with Carol Vaness, Robert Swedberg, Shawn McDonald and George Shirley during her apprenticeship with Arbor Opera Theater.
In demand as a soloist for choral and orchestral concerts, Ms. Patterson recently covered the soprano solos in the Saint Louis Symphony’s 2011 performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, under the baton of Maestro David Robertson. Previous solo engagements include Schubert’s Mass in G and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes (Webster University); Fauré’s Requiem (Manchester United Methodist Choirs and Orchestra – Saint Louis), Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (Webster University Symphony Orchestra; Eastern Michigan University Symphony Orchestra), and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra – Petoskey, MI). This February, she will take the stage at Webster University to perform the soprano solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Ms. Patterson currently serves on the voice faculties at Webster University in Saint Louis and Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. An experienced teacher, she has held private voice studios in Central Florida, Lansing, Michigan, and currently in Saint Louis. She has led master classes in high schools in Florida and Michigan, and has served as adjudicator for various talent competitions in both Florida and in the Saint Louis area. Ms. Patterson is married to conductor Trent Patterson. They reside in South City with their two corgis, Lola and Rufus.