Thompson, Prickett to perform recital

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2005-10-27
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University professors Dr. John Thompson and Amy Prickett will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2005, at the Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts.


Dr. John Thompson

Dr. John Thompson, assistant professor of applied voice & opera workshop, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from the University of Memphis. He also earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree (voice emphasis) and a Master of Music degree in voice performance from New Mexico State University.

While at the University of Memphis, Dr. Thompson appeared as “John Sorel” in “The Consul,” “Mat o’ the Mint” in “The Beggar’s Opera,” “Guglielmo” in “Cosi fan tutte,” “Morales” in “Carmen,” “Eduardo” in “Roman Fever,” and “Antonio” in “The Marriage of Figaro.” He also appeared as “Big Al” in “Mystery on the Docks” with Opera Memphis.

Dr. Thompson was a member of the Doña Ana Lyric Opera in Las Cruces, N.M., and performed the roles of “Ford” in “Falstaff,” the title role in “Tartuffe,” “Germont” in “La Traviata,” “Leporello” in “Don Giovanni,” “Marcello” in “La Boheme,” “Baritone” in “Sweeney Todd,” “Escamillo” in “Carmen,” “Dr. Blind” in “Die Fledermaus,” and “Don Basilio” in “The Barber of Seville.” He also was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Players, performing the roles of “Sergeant of Police” in “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Pooh-Bah” in “The Mikado,” “Colonel Calverley” in “Patience,” and “Sir Despard Murgatroyd” in “Ruddigore.”

In his role as an assistant professor, Dr. Thompson teaches applied voice, diction, and class voice. Since joining the faculty at Huntington University, he has appeared as a soloist in the Faculty Showcase Recital, the Lord Nelson Mass, “Messiah,” and the Mozart’s “Requiem.” He also has performed with other music faculty members in concerts throughout the Huntington area. Most recently, Dr. Thompson appeared as “Peter” in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” with the Huntington Area Lyric Opera at Huntington University. Other performances include “Bob” in the University’s production of Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief,” “El Dancaїro” in the Doña Ana Lyric Opera production of “Carmen,” “Peter” in the Manchester Opera production of “Hansel and Gretel,” “Sir Joseph Porter” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” with the Warsaw Community Chorus, and “The Pirate King” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” with the Huntington University Theatre.

In addition to his performances in the United States, Dr. Thompson has appeared as a soloist in Germany and Romania, and as a choral clinician and accompanist for choral events in Romania, where he and his wife, Anca, visit annually. The couple currently resides in Fort Wayne, Ind., where Dr. Thompson serves as minister of music at First Missionary Church.


Amy Prickett

Amy Prickett, a Huntington University adjunct professor, and lyric soprano, quickly is gaining a national reputation. Prickett has appeared as a guest artist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Adrian Symphony, St. Clair Symphony, Calvin College Oratorio Society, North East Texas Symphony, and Oregon Bach Festival. This winter, she will make her debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Grand Rapids, Mich.

She has appeared as the soprano soloist in performances of Brahms’ “Requiem,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Faure’s “Requiem,” Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War,” and Mozart’s “Coronation Mass.” In Fort Wayne, Ind., Prickett has been a frequent soloist with the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, singing Bach masterworks including the “St. John Passion,” “B Minor Mass,” and “Magnificat.” Prickett also has appeared regularly with the Wind Ensemble and Early Music Ensemble at Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne.

Equally at home in operatic roles, Prickett has sung the roles of “Fiordiligi” in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” “Dido” in “Dido and Aeneas,” “Lola” in Douglas Moore’s “Gallantry,” “Diana” in Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” and “Elisetta” in Cimarosa’s “Secret Marriage.” While residing in Texas, Prickett performed with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus.

Combining a career of performance with teaching, Prickett is a sought-after voice teacher. A graduate of Michigan State University and Texas Christian University, Prickett currently serves as an associate faculty member at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Huntington University. In those positions, she teaches courses in vocal pedagogy, diction, song literature, and applied voice. 
 
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  
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