LANGHORNE, PA (November 3, 2017) – World renowned opera and concert soprano, Angel Joy Blue, presented a master class for select mezzo-soprano, soprano, and tenor singers at Cairn University on Friday, November 3, 2017. Aside from these select participants, students, faculty, staff and the public gathered to observe Ms. Blue’s personal and detailed instruction.
Diamond Franklin, a mezzo-soprano participant and student in the School of Music, expressed the evening was “a true, once in a lifetime blessing, to be given an opportunity to work with such a beautiful, dynamic performer.” She said, “It was inspirational and insightful hearing her speak not only of music, but also of her faith in the Lord” and that she “ will always cherish and remember fondly” this opportunity.
Benjamin Harding, dean in the School of Music remarked, “All of us present experienced a master teacher who was able to inspire our students deeply and profoundly in her faith and music. The evening was marked by life changing moments in which the sense of community was palpable and the joy of music making was visceral.”
Angel Blue, recognized for her unique vocal quality and stage presence, has performed in over 35 countries in the last six years. She is a regular BBC Proms presenter and performs in concerts and operas as she is continuing to establish herself as one of the best singers of her generation. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera and at a variety of venues including Berliner Philharmoniker and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She recently concluded her performance as Mimì in La Bohème at The Metropolitan Opera. She now looks forward to her recital in Tokyo, Japan at Musashino Cultural Hall on December 14, 2017.
Angel received a Masters of Music degree in Opera Performance from UCLA, a Bachelors of Music from the University of Redlands, and is alumni to the prestigious Los Angeles County High school for the Arts. She is also a graduate of the Palau de les Arts Young Artist Program in Valencia, Spain and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, University of Montreal in Montreal, Canada. She recently founded the “Sylvia’s Kids Foundation.” The foundation awards scholarships to support an inner city high school senior graduating and continuing their studies at a trade school, community college, or four–year university. The foundation presented its first award in July of 2017.
On Wednesday, November 15, Vietnam Veteran David Christian was invited to speak to Cairn University students. Christian, originally from Bucks County, is the youngest most decorated Vietnam War veteran, having