The Rolla Choral Arts Society spring concert “Fontem Missa Choralis” on Sunday, April 29, will feature a talented quartet of soloists on the “Mass in D” by Antonin Dvorak. Tickets for the concert which begins at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church will be available at the door and through the RCAS web site: www.rollachoirs.org.
Three of our soloists are students in the music program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the fourth is a doctoral candidate at UM-C.
Madison Page, soprano, is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri and is a junior at the University of Missouri. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance, and studies voice with the prestigious Steven Tharp, tenor. Her freshman year she had the pleasure of playing “The Sandman” in the University of Missouri Show-Me Opera Scenes Hansel and Gretel, along with being in the chorus in the University of Missouri spring opera, Le Nozze di Figaro. In the 2016 Show-Me Opera scenes, she played the role of “Oscar” from Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, along with the role of “Pamina” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In the Spring of 2017, Madison was given the opportunity to play the lead role of “Emily Webb” in Ned Rorem’s Our Town. Last fall she played the role of “Susannah” from Susannah and “Charlotte” from A Little Night Music in the 2017 Show-Me Opera Scenes. This spring Madison was able to portray “Morgana” in Handel’s Alcina. Madison has also had the pleasure of being a featured soloist in Mizzou’s “University Singers” 2018 album. She has been a scholarship singer for the First Baptist Church of Columbia for 2 years. Madison has received numerous awards including, but not limited to, first place in the 2016 Missouri Music Teacher’s Association Competition, third place in the 2017 National Association of Teachers for Singing Competition, and the University of Missouri Mary-Ann Teter Award. Madison is very anxious to complete her degree, and once graduated in May 2019, hopes to attend graduate school to further her studies.
Martha Allen, mezzo-soprano, is a senior at the University of Missouri. She is a double major in Secondary English Education with a BA in Vocal Music. She studies voice with Professor Tharp and is a fourth year member of the University Singers and Bach Chorale. This is her seventh semester in the Mizzou Show-Me-Opera. In past semesters she performed as “The Mistress of the Novices” in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, “Marcellina” in Le nozze di Figaro, “Mrs. Soames” in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and “Bradamante” in Handel’s Alcina. She has covered the Alto solo on master works such as Mendelsohn’s Elijah with Columbia, Missouri’s community choir. At the annual NATS competition, she has received third place in Upper College Women Musical Theater and Honorable Mention in Upper College Women Classical. She is originally from Springfield, Missouri, and plans on heading to New York after graduation to “give her regards to Broadway.”
Tristan Frampton, tenor is an assistant professor of music and director of music activities at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where he conducts multiple vocal and instrumental ensembles and teaches music-related courses. Mr. Frampton has served as a music director for the Ozark Actors Theatre, been invited to guest conduct musical performances for Fine Linen Drama, and repeatedly been invited as a tenor soloist for the Rolla Choral Arts Society. This past summer, he assisted with organizing and directing a European tour for the choir at St. Paul UCC, Belleville, IL, during which Mr. Frampton’s newest composition, Rain Music, enjoyed it’s international premiere. Mr. Frampton holds a bachelor of music degree from Truman State University, a master of music degree from the University of Arizona, and is currently a doctoral candidate in music education at the University of Missouri.
Jeremy Wagner, bass, is a Senior double majoring in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia under the tutelage of Steven Tharp. Three years ago he performed in his first vocal competition at NATS and took second place. He debuted with the Show-Me Opera Company in 2014 in the Scenes Program in the role of “Don Magnifico” from Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He played the role of “Frosch the Jailer” in Missouri Symphony Society’s production of Die Fledermaus by Strauss in June 2016. He has also played “Amantio di Nicolao” in Show-Me Opera’s production of Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. In Spring 2016, he sang the role of “Antonio” in Le nozze di Figaro. He also staged and performed “Si tra i ceppi” from Handel’s Berenice in the spring of 2015. Jeremy is the Musical Director at First Christian Church in Centralia, Missouri, and has been there since May 2014. Jeremy is also the President of the Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association at the University of Missouri, as well as the President of the Music Student Advisory Council. In addition, he was voted the President of University Singers. He is also a founding member of Vox Nova, a choral ensemble based in Columbia.
These four talented singers will be featured in the Rolla Choral Arts Society presentation of Antonin Dvorak’s Mass in D, for choir, organ, and solo quartet. Their appearance on the program is made possible in part, by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.