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Vocal Arts

Voice at UALR

If you love to sing, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers opportunities to perform as a member of our choral and opera ensembles, or to shine as a soloist in jazz ensemble, oratorio, opera or song recital. Our experienced, world-renowned faculty offers private and class voice lessons, teaches classes in diction and performance skills, and leads a summer study program in Italy.

UALR students regularly perform with area professional music and theater organizations, such as The Rep, The Arkansas Symphony, The Hot Springs Music Festival and Wildwood Park.

UALR voice students participate in ACANSA, perform in Peter Grimes Oct. 16 and 17

Nine current and former UALR students debuted a new interpretation of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes at the ACANSA Arts Festival at Wildwood Park on Sept. 28. Collaborating onstage with dancers from Arkansas Festival Ballet, the vocalists sang a condensed version of Britten’s libretto developed by Dr. Bevan Keating, UALR associate professor of music, and Bruce Rentz, who together have formed a new performing arts organization in central Arkansas called Praeclara. The event featured original, exclusive choreography by Rebecca Stalcup of Arkansas Festival Ballet.

Participating singers included Luke Angelo in the title role, Kevin Ezell as Captain Balstrode, Ethan Ezell as Lawyer Swallow, and ensemble singers Melanie Hanna, Heather McPherson, Kelly Singer, Satia Spencer, Nina Spinner, and Shea Williamson. UALR alumna Ekaterina (Katia) Kotcherguina will join the cast in October as Ellen Orford.

Peter Grimes will be performed twice more as part of Arkansas Festival Ballet’s “Danse Melange” on Thursday Oct. 16 and Friday Oct. 17 at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple Auditorium at 712 Scott St. in downtown Little Rock.  Tickets are on sale at

Danse melange poster

Coming Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014: UALR Community Chorus presents Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy

This November, the UALR Community Chorus returns to its home stage, the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on the UALR campus, to present a selection of choral works by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Op. 80) will be the featured work, accompanied by a live orchestra and featuring Dr. Naoki Hakutani on piano.
Tickets will go on sale in October — watch this space for additional information!

Updated 10.4.2014