Vocalist Marie Ashley to Perform January 22nd at UMO

Vocalist Marie Ashley to Perform January 22nd at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host a Faculty Recital on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in the Historic Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street) at 7:30 PM. The recital will feature volcalist Marie Ashley.

Marie Ashley started performing opera at the age of 16. She holds a BM from Westminster Choir College in voice performance and a master of music degree in opera from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. Ashley sang as part of the young artist program for Palm Beach Opera from 1999 to 2004. She then stayed on as a core member of their main stage opera chorus until her departure in 2013.Ashley performed many comprimario roles for their main stage productions including: Frasquita in Carmen, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Shepherd in Tannhauser. Ashley additionally sang main roles for their educational tour around South Florida and the Florida Keys, including Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Alice in Alice in WonderlandPapagena, and First Lady in Michael Dyack’s rendition of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Ashley has appeared as a featured soloist in several performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah. Also included in her repertoire of oratorio works are Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, Benjamin Britten’s Mass of the Children, and Bach’s Magnificat, performed both in the United States and in Ukraine. Most recently she added Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus to her list in 2013.

Admission to the recital is free. For more information about the Faculty Recital, please contact Bill Ford by email at wford@umo.edu.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.