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Arrangement by Manchester’s Debra Lynn selected for Caribbean Lyric Festival

Debra LynnAn orchestral arrangement by Professor Debra Lynn of Manchester University will premiere at the Caribbean Lyric Festival (Festival Lírico del Caribe) on Sunday, May 9.

Soprano Natalia Dopwell is one of eight Caribbean singers on the operatic musical program accompanied by full orchestra. She will perform Lynn’s arrangement of “White Egrets IV” from Songs of the Islands, a 12-song collection by Dominique Le Gendre.

This event at the National Theater in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will be broadcast live on Dominican television and YouTube. For information about the festival, visit

Lynn is director of choral organizations and vocal studies at Manchester. She also conducts the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra’s May 16 concert, Around the World in 80 Minutes, will feature the world premiere of orchestrations of the entire Songs of the Islands song cycle. Lynn orchestrated and arranged eight of the movements, and the other four were orchestrated by the composer, Le Gendre.

Lynn will conduct her oratorio, A Family Portrait, at Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day, 2022. It features the text of a family’s letters from the Civil War era.

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April 2021