American Art Song Features Five Vocalists

Posted on 2/22/2012 3:22:25 PM

The IUP Department of Music will present American Art Song as part of the Lively Arts’ Sound Choices series. The concert will feature five faculty and guest vocalists performing new American songs and will be presented at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2012, in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of IUP’s John Sutton Hall.

The program includes IUP faculty members Mary Logan Hastings, soprano; Sarah Mantel, mezzo-soprano; and Joseph Baunoch, bass. They will be joined by Joshua Baum, tenor, and Christopher Thomas, baritone.

This concert celebrates the interweaving of new American sounds and words into the fabric of vocal literature. Focusing on the repertoire of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The vocalists will be joined by pianists Henry Wong Doe and Anastasia Antonacos. They will perform music by Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, Jake Heggie, and Libby Larsen.

Baum is a voice professor at Aurora University in Illinois and received his doctorate in vocal performance from Michigan State University. Joshua BaumWhile at MSU, he won the Michigan State University Concerto Competition and the MSU-China Conservatory of Music (Beijing) Collaboration. Specializing in opera performance, art song literature, and vocal pedagogy, Baum imparts his knowledge to students through courses in opera scenes, applied study in voice, beginning voice, and music appreciation.

Christopher Thomas

Thomas is the director of choral activities and an assistant professor of music at Rowan University in New Jersey. At Rowan, he conducts the Concert Choir and men’s chorus and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. Thomas, who served last year as IUP’s director of choral studies, received doctoral and master’s degrees at the University of Arizona.

Hastings has had an extensive career in opera which has taken her from America to European houses such as the Nationaltheater Mannheim. She has been engaged as the coloratura soprano for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Städtische Bühnen Frankfurt am Main, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Opera Voor Vlaanderen, Théâtre du Capitole, and Théâter Basel.

Mantel holds a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. An active performer and champion of contemporary music, she has appeared throughout the United States in concert and recital, premiering song cycles by Judith Zaimont, Katherine Hoover, and Daniel Perlongo. Mantel is a founder and co-director of the Festival of Women Composers at IUP.

Baunoch trained as an apprentice artist with Toledo Opera and Dicapo Opera of New York City and has performed in over fifty different operas and over thirty principal opera roles at the professional and collegiate levels. Baunoch has also performed in several opera outreach programs across the country with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Toledo Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Dicapo Opera, and DePaul University.

Tickets for the performance are available at the Hadley Union Building or online at Tickets remaining will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before the performance. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students and children.

For more information about this concert, the Sound Choices series, and other events scheduled through the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

Sound Choices


American Art Song

February 27, 2012
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, John Sutton Hall

Faculty recital featuring Mary Logan Hastings, Sarah Mantel, Joseph Baunoch, and special guests in an engaging evening of new American songs.

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For more information, visit American Art Song, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.