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For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016
For Immediate Release: November 11, 2016
CONCORD, NH—With credits ranging from operatic solos in Vienna, to performances with the New York City Ballet, to appearances at Carnegie Hall, three new Voice Department faculty members are bringing rich and varied experience to the Concord Community Music School in the 2016-2017 school year.
The Music School is pleased to welcome Sharon Baker (soprano), Julie Braun Haines (soprano), and Petra Pacaric (mezzo-soprano), who will teach private lessons and coach vocal ensembles.
Mezzo-Soprano Petra Pacaric holds a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory. Originally from Austria, she studied music and foreign languages at the Innsbruck Conservatory of Music and the University of Innsbruck, from which she graduated with an M.A. in Foreign Languages in Conference Interpretation and Translation. Petra Pacaric is at home in a wide range of musical styles, ranging from classical to the Great American Songbook. Ms. Pacaric has performed extensively with Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston, Tanglewood, and at Carnegie Hall. Her featured solo engagements include collaborations with numerous major area companies such as New England Light Opera, Longwood Opera, the Metrowest Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and Westford Chorale, as well as countless recitals in the greater Boston area and New Hampshire. A versatile mezzo-soprano, she is also active as a jazz vocalist with regular music engagements in and around Boston. She is a member of the voice faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives in Stratham where she maintains a private voice studio.
Sharon Baker (soprano) earned her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. She has taught voice for over three decades both privately and in the college setting. She currently teaches at St. Anselm College as well as through her voice studio in Durham, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. An international performing and recording artist, Sharon specializes in Baroque performance practices of the 17th and 18th centuries. She has performed regularly with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and New York City Ballet, among others. In 1998, she was honored with the Boston Globe’s “Musician of the Year” award, which included a live broadcast and lecture/recital as part of the Bank Boston Celebrity Series. Sharon also has a passion for contemporary American opera, and premiered Phillip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher, and Robert Aldrige’s Elmer Gantry. Performing informs her teaching, teaching improves her performing, and her voice students are her best teachers! Each voice is unique and each singer brings a fresh and personal perspective to the interpretation of song literature. Sharon is continually amazed and challenged by the vocal personalities that cross her path.
Julie Braun Haines, soprano, has performed operatic roles in the United States, Canada, and Italy. She has been engaged as a soloist for Schubertiade in Vienna and the Atelier Concert Series in Paris. A Boston Globe, "Best Bet," Ms. Haines has sung Bacchianas Brazileiras at the Regent Theater and at St. Mark's International Chamber Music Festival. Under the coaching of Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici, she has performed his tour de force,Dracula at Aspen Music Festival. A graduate of Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music, she is touted by opera legend Christa Ludwig for possessing "a fresh silvery voice of large volume and perfect trained technique...with strong expressiveness and musicality." Julie lives in Durham with her husband, Tom, a veteran journalist and assistant professor at UNH. They have two children, Luca and Colette who have themselves enjoyed taking the stage with Oyster River Players and New Hampshire Theater Project. In a private voice studio at home and in coachings for the up-and-coming a cappella group "Cosmic Notes," Julie celebrates natural, joyful singing.
The Concord Community Music School is home to a wide-ranging vocal and choral program, offering private lessons in multiple vocal styles, such as jazz, classical, and musical theater, as well as a range of choruses including the Purple Finches Youth Chorus, Teen Vocal Ensemble, and Songweavers women’s community chorus.
For more information about voice lessons and choruses at the Concord Community Music School, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
About the Concord Community Music School
Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.
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