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Jenna Buck


Congratulations Jenna Buck'12
3rd Place Winner of the
2013 Opera Grand Rapids Competition!


Hope College Press Release



Area Overview

The Vocal Area in the Department of Music at Hope College serves a diverse, creative student population. Vocal performance majors and vocal music education majors form the core of students. In addition, many students in the Department of Theatre enroll in voice study on a regular basis. Students considering the musical theatre composite major are strongly encouraged to enroll in voice study for at least four semesters. Other students with multiple arts interests frequently study voice for one or more semesters. The Vocal Area is committed to the maximum improvement of each student within the context of vocal health and efficiency, and with regard to the curricular goals of each student. All voice instructors at Hope College are active members of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) ... read more



Linda Dykstra*, Associate Professor of Music, Voice
JungWoo Kim, Assistant Professor of Music, Voice
Brad Richmond, Professor of Music, Voice & Director of Choral Activities

Sherri Pilon, Instructor, Voice & Voice Class
Stuart Sharp, Professor Emeritus of Music, Voice

* Head of the Voice Area



Click here to read about what some of our Voice Area graduates have been up to since completing their degrees at Hope.



A total of four Hope College students were named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Senior Jenna Buck of Elburn, Ill., junior Haley Hodges of Hart, senior Caitlin McDougall of Flint and senior Brent Smith of Owosso are among nine finalists chosen from a total of 15 select contestants from Hope, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. They and the other finalists will compete in the final round scheduled for Sunday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Aquinas College’s Kretschmer Auditorium ... continue


Voice Area Events 2013-2014

October 30 — Dress Rehearsal of Opera Grand Rapids'
A Streetcar Named Desire, DeVos Hall, GR

November 2 - Michigan NATS, Ypsilanti MI

November 15 - Senior Recital: Zachary Evans, bass

November 16 - Senior Recital: Kelsey Gustafson, soprano

November 23 - Senior Recital: Abigail Johnson, soprano

March 1 — NATS Regional Competition, Ball State U.

March 5 — Dress Rehearsal of Opera Grand Rapids' Abduction from the Seraglio, DeVos Hall, GR

May 7 — Dress Rehearsal of Opera Grand Rapids'
Madame Butterfly, DeVos Hall, GR


Three Hope College students are among the cast of Opera Grand Rapids’ forthcoming production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

Freshman Katrina Baker, senior Heather Benson and senior Jenna Buck all have roles in the production, which is taking place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. | continue



Bravo for Hope Alumna

A New York Times review of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Opera presentation of Vivaldi’s “Griselda" includes positive comments of the performance of alumna Meredith Arwady. read the review



Senior Sarah Ashcroft Wins Opera
Grand Rapids Competition

Grand Rapids Press Coverage plus video

Senior Sarah Ashcroft has won the 2011 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition, held on Sunday at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids. Ashcroft was one of seven finalists - three of whom were from Hope - from Grand Rapids-area colleges and universities competing in the event after having been chosen from among 10 select contestants during an initial round in February. Ashcroft is majoring in vocal music performance and vocal music education. The first-place recognition is one of multiple major singing honors that she has won this year - and across her undergraduate career. continue



Students and Alumna Win Honors in Regional Singing Auditions

Multiple Hope College singers and area high school students who study voice at Hope earned honors during the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Great Lakes Regional Competition, held at Grand Valley State University on Saturday, March 3.
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