Faculty Vocalists Plan Sept. 7 Concert

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University music faculty members Julie Anne Wieck and Sheila K. Converse will perform a recital of vocal duets Sept. 7 on the WSU campus.
Included on the 8 p.m. program in Bryan Hall Auditorium are duets for soprano and mezzo-soprano by Purcell, Vivaldi, Rossini, Bellini, Schumann, Offenbach and Berlin. The concert is open to the public without charge.
Accompanying the two will be Meg Kelley, area recitalist and piano teacher.
A native of Aberdeen, S.D., Wieck teaches studio voice and diction and directs the WSU Opera Workshop Program. She joined the WSU faculty in 1996, and previously taught at the University of Evansville (Ind.).
Wieck earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of South Dakota-Vermillion. She taught in public schools for two years, and then attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she earned a master of music degree and later a doctorate in vocal performance.
The soprano has sung leading roles in opera and has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Washington Idaho Symphony. The active recitalist has also directed opera programs for more than ten years, and plans to direct “The Marriage of Figaro” in the spring. She has been vocal director in many musical theater productions, including last year’s production of “Sweeney Todd.”
Converse has presented numerous vocal recitals and has performed with the Long Beach Grand Opera, the New Jersey Opera, the Opera of Central Kentucky, the Lexington Symphony, the Walla Walla Symphony and the Washington Idaho Symphony. At WSU, she has conducted the University Singers and taught a class in music literature and opera/musical theater. The mezzo-soprano currently is working on an interdisciplinary doctorate, studying the challenges faced by women in the arts.
The two soloists have appeared locally with the Washington Idaho Symphony production of Verdi’s “Requiem” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”
Kelley is an experienced soloist and accompanist. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master in music and education degrees from the University of Idaho.