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Music Students Exposed to Opera Music through Concert and Workshop

Music Students Exposed to Opera Music through Concert and Workshop

Acclaimed soprano and educator, Maeve Höglund, performed for the entire CHC community and then offered a master class, allowing music students to learn technique and style from a true pro.

Höglund and Penelope Pucci '16
Höglund works with Penelope Pucci '16, soprano
Brenda Lange

Acclaimed soprano and educator, Maeve Höglund, performed works from her diverse repertoire for a full house in the Rotunda on Tuesday, September 9, her first public performance at CHC. Höglund returned to campus the following day to give a master class with four music students. Each had prepared a piece of music, which was sung for the performer. She then worked with each one to perfect breathing, diction, tone and overall approach, among other elements of their performance. "To have a professional musician work with them and to experience her concert in conjunction with the master class, reinforces what the students are learning in their lessons, says David Samson, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and chair of the department. "Seeing an actual professional doing what she is paid to do, gives the students an idea of what it really takes to be a working musician. It takes so much to get into that realm, and it's good for them to see that." When the hour was over, Höglund graciously answered a few questions and gave advice — on how to use physical exercise to calm pre-performance jitters and foods to avoid for best vocal ability, for example. Höglund has ties to Chestnut Hill College through her mother, Pat Olwell Höglund '67, and her aunt, Sister Marie Olwell, SSJ, who attended the master class and is also an alumna.

Höglund with Penelope Pucci '16, soprano, Caroline Oddo '15, soprano, Brian Langdon '15, tenor, and Michael Yancey '15, baritone
Brenda Lange

Höglund has been praised as a "versatile and spontaneous soprano" by The New York Times, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as on musical theater stages around the world. Trained in piano, theater and dance, Höglund earned her bachelor of music in voice from the New England Conservatory in Boston and her master's degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

For more information about Höglund, visit her personal website.