Associate Professor of Music Tony Deaton will be featured in the program including such pieces as “Be Thou My Vision,” “What Shall I Render to My God,” and “The Morning Trumpet.”
Also being featured are sacred classics such as Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” Albert Hay Malotte’s setting of “The Twenty-Third Psalm,” as well as familiar spirituals “Balm in Gilead,” “Deep River,” and “Ride on King Jesus.”
Accompanying baritone Deaton are tenor Randall Outland from Appalachian State University, and Darlia Conn, adjunct in music, on the piano.
Deaton has worked with an impressive list of artists such as Gian Carlo Menotti, Carlisle Floyd, Robert Ward, Bodo Igesz, and Marni Nixon, among others, and has performed numerous times on public and commercial radio and television. An exceptional teacher, Deaton’s students are appearing in opera productions across America, Canada, and Europe.
Deaton received his bachelor of arts in music from Lee College, and his master’s in music in vocal performance from The University of Tennessee.
As Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Outland has toured the Colombian cities of Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, and in Tel Aviv he has performed the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Israel Philharmonic. In Stockholm, he appeared as Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina in the beautiful, baroque Royal Drottningholm Theater.
Since 1995, Outland has been a member of the voice faculty at the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. His students are winning national and international auditions and being accepted into prestigious graduate programs across the United States.
Conn earned her bachelor of arts from Lee in piano performance in 1977, and her master’s in accompanying and coaching from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her earliest music studies were in South Africa and Zimbabwe, culminating in a Licentiate degree from the Trinity College of London.
Conn has accompanied Deaton in recitals around the Southeast. While her primary work at Lee is accompanying faculty and students, she is also involved in donor cultivation for the university.
The concert is a free, nonticketed event and open to the public.