Music grad to return home for free concert

A Dunlow, West Virginia, native, Marshall graduate, and in-demand soprano, Marlayna Maynard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Johnson Memorial Methodist Church with School of Music faculty members Dr. Henning Vauth, piano; Dr. Stephen Lawson, horn; and Alexander Lee, tenor.

Featured on the program will be works including “Auf dem Strom” by Franz Schubert, the “Hermit Songs” by the American composer Samuel Barber, “Poème d’un jour” by Gabriel Fauré, selected songs by Mozart and the duet “Fra gli amplessi” from Così fan tutte.

Maynard has been heard on stage across the United States as a soloist in Memphis and Lexington, as a chamber musician and recitalist at the International Horn Symposium and Ann Arbor Festival of Song, and in opera roles such as Sue in “The Last Leaf” by James Niblock at Blue Lake Opera, as Frau Fluth in “Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor” at the University of Memphis, and as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” at Opera Breve.

Maynard recently joined the faculty of Radford University in Virginia, where she teaches voice. Maynard is a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Memphis, where she studied voice with Susan Owen-Leinert. She holds an M.M. degree in voice performance from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Jane Schoonmaker-Rogers, and a B.A. from Marshall, where she studied with Linda Dobbs. Previous faculty appointments have included Marshall, the University of Memphis, Morehead State University, Bowling Green State University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Music at 304-696-3117.


Photo: Wayne County native and Marshall grad Marlayna Maynard will return to her home state for a free recital at Johnson Memorial Methodist Church on Friday, April 7.