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Debra Lynn

Recital to feature compositions by MU’s Debra Lynn 

The Manchester University Department of Music presents an afternoon recital with compositions by Dr. Debra J. Lynn, MU director of choral organizations and vocal studies.

The performance is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14 in Wine Recital Hall on the North Manchester campus. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Special guests include Il Quattro Men's Quartet, Blue True Dream Team, Manchester University Chamber Singers, the Purdue Fort Wayne Student Saxophone Quartet and Pamela Haynes on piano.

The program also features Kira Lace Hawkins, Lila Hammer and Robert Lynn. Kathy Davis and Kenzie Hare have significant solos on the program. Others performers include Elizabeth Smith, George Donner, Linda Kummernuss, Margaret Sklenar and Clayton Marcum.

Lynn will speak briefly about each piece, which includes her most recent work, “The Robin,” which will be performed by the Chamber Singers with piano and a string quartet.

Lynn teaches applied voice, conducting, vocal pedagogy, opera workshop, and music for stage and film.

She directs the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers and Manchester Symphony Chorus. Her ensembles have performed throughout the U.S., including at Carnegie Hall in New York, Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Lynn holds a doctorate in music with an emphasis in choral conducting and voice performance from Ball State University. Prior degrees from Truman State University and William Jewell College include emphases in choral conducting, voice performance and music education.

She has held teaching and conducting positions at Northeast Missouri State University, Jewell and Mid-America Nazarene College.

As a composer, Lynn writes both instrumental and vocal music. She has received several commissions including Lily Endowment and Plowshares Foundation requests. Some compositions on this recital date back to her years as an undergraduate at Jewell.

One of her most ambitious works, A Family Portrait, premiered in fall 2017 with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra at Manchester’s Cordier Auditorium. PBS 39, the public television station in Fort Wayne, rebroadcast the 90-minute performance the following summer.

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March 2019