Rachel Storlie performing master’s graduate recital on April 14
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:48 AM
Caledonia native and Spring Grove resident, Rachel Storlie, announces her Master of Music Graduate Recital this Friday evening, April 14, at 6 p.m. in Davis Hall at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Her program highlights works by Edvard Grieg (Norwegian), Alban Berg (German), Désiré Pâque (French) and Ned Rorem (American) in collaboration with faculty artists Dr. Robin Guy (piano) and Dr. Amanda McCandless (clarinet).
A reception will be hosted by David Storlie at Primo Restaurant in Cedar Falls following the recital.
Storlie is nearing the final days of her M.M. program in Vocal Performance and has been studying with Dr. Jean McDonald.
Storlie has been serving UNI as a graduate assistant in vocal accompanying and is also the organist of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, where she makes her home with husband David. She is the daughter of Lee and Gayle Grippen of Caledonia.
Storlie has been living in Cedar Falls during the weekdays and maintaining local family and social ties on weekends since she began her master’s work.
In autumn of 2015, thanks to UNI grant funding, Storlie researched Belgian composer Désiré Pâque at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Liège and also contributed to and presented the research project “Redefining Success: A Singer and Teacher’s Guide,” selected for presentation at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) regional conference, and later presented at the University of MO-Columbia and MO State-Springfield.
Storlie will graduate on May 6 as a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda.
Opera roles prepared and performed during Storlie’s studies in the UNI M.M. program include Adriana from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur (scenes), La Princesse from Ravel’s L’Enfants et les sortilèges, Susannah by Carlyle Floyd (cover) as well as Mozart’s Donna Anna from Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi from Così fan tutte (scenes).
Storlie’s love of stage work and recitals is a life-long pursuit and art, and one which she will continue after graduation as she sings the full role of Donna Anna in Bloomington, Ind., with Blooming Voce Summer Opera Workshop before traveling to Italy in July to sing with InterHarmony International Music Festival.
Storlie will once again serve as instructor for the Norwegian Ridge Language Camp this June in Spring Grove, and she looks forward to teaching voice this fall as well as remembering what it is like to live without homework assignments and tests!