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Steyer to present Feb. 10 vocal recital

Barry McNamara
02/06/2012
Award-winning soprano Christine Steyer will present a recital of American music at Monmouth College on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public.

Accompanied by assistant professor of music Tim Pahel, Steyer will perform classical, popular and folk styles. One of the highlights will be Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”

In 2011, Steyer received The American Prize in Vocal Performance and two awards from the American Traditions competition, including the Johnny Mercer Award, a prize for singing American repertoire. She has been highly praised for her artistry, and her voice has been described as “an international-caliber voice of size and color used to reach and audience’s emotional core.”

A 1992 graduate of Knox College, Steyer also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois. She has performed with such prestigious companies as the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bellissima Opera. Steyer has sung for more than 15,000 students in the Chicagoland area since founding an outreach program for school-aged children in 2009.

Pahel, who is MC’s direcor of vocal activities, is also director of the Galesburg Community Chorus and a member of Nova Singers, a small and highly select professional choir composed of singers from western Illinois and eastern Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.