This program is designed for classical singers of a variety of ages and levels to study German Romantic song literature in Zwickau, the birthplace of Robert Schumann.
Participants will have daily intensive language study, German language diction coaching, and musical coaching. The program staff includes faculty members of Lee University, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik, and the Schumann Haus in Zwickau. Performances will be held in the recital hall in the birth home of Robert Schumann, and in the home where he worked in Leipzig.
This year’s participants have been selected by audition, hailing from music programs at Boston University, Austin Peay, University of North Dakota, Liberty University and Lee University.
Ron Brendel first debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2006 as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He is currently an associate professor of music at Lee where he teaches voice, graduate vocal pedagogy, and is the coordinator of the master of music degree in performance. He previously served on the faculties of colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri, and Georgia. He holds a doctor of musical arts and master of music from Temple University, and a bachelor of music education from Evangel University.
Chery Brendel, coloratura soprano, is currently in pursuit of a doctor of musical arts at the University of Georgia, and has earned a masters of music from Temple University and a bachelor of music from Evangel University. Brendel has served on the voice faculties of Evangel University, Arcadia University, Southeastern University and Georgia State University. She is currently a member of the voice faculty at Lee.