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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2005

Bronx Opera Conductor Will Present Public Master Classes Oct. 11-13 At UI

Michael Spierman, a conductor and the founder of the Bronx Opera Company in New York, will present a series of three public master classes with University of Iowa voice students at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 11-13, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The master classes, presented at the invitation of the voice area of the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

The three public classes will each focus on a slightly different area of training for voice students:

--On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Spierman will work with upperclass and graduate voice students from the School of Music.

-On Wednesday, Oct. 12, he will present a lecture on the business of opera and a singing career, followed by a workshop with three students.

-On Thursday, Oct. 13, he will give a master class on taking auditions, for graduate voice students.

In addition to these public events, Spierman will hold individual coaching sessions with voice students during his visit to campus.

Spierman is artistic director and conductor of the Bronx Opera Company, which he founded in 1967. As a lifelong Bronx resident, he has been music director of the Orchestra of The Bronx since 1972. Currently on the music faculty of Hunter College, Spierman has served on the Music Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and on the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

His international conducting credits include performances with the Orquesta Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and La Sinfonica Nacional del Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City; a guest engagement in Bulgaria; and two summers conducting and teaching in England.

Spierman's visit to the UI is supported in part by funds from the Donald H. Walker, Jr. Vocal Scholarship Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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