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Opera Composer Dan Shore Visits SVC

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Posted: Tuesday Nov 8, 2011

Opera composer Dan Shore, who wrote the music for The Beautiful Bridegroom which will be performed at Saint Vincent College at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, November 12, was a guest instructor at the College on November 8.

Mr. Shore is an opera composer and playwright whose works also include An Embarrassing Position, Travel, The Chorus Girl, Lycopene, Downtown Diner, Works of Mercy, Anne Pedersdotter, and the forthcoming Lady Orchid, as well as numerous children's musicals.

He has been recognized with numerous honors and awards including first prize in the National Opera Association's Chamber Opera Composition Competition, first prize in the Astoria Performing Arts Center Playwriting Contest, a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a Composer Assistance Program grant from the American Music Center.

His music has been performed in Boston's Jordan Hall, Philadelphia's Annenberg Center, the Gorki Theater in Berlin, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and the St. Johnsbury Correctional Facility in Vermont.

He is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a Fulbright scholar. He holds a bachelor of music degree and a master of music degree from the New England Conservatory and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York.

His principal teachers include Lee Hyla, Malcolm Peyton, Scott Wheeler, Andy Pape, David Del Tredici, and playwright Tina Howe.

A former member of the faculty at Baruch College, Emerson College, and the Boston Conservatory, Mr. Shore currently teaches at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Presented by students of the Saint Vincent College Music Department in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, admission is $10. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 724 805-2229.

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Photo: Opera composer Dan Shore, left, directs three members of the cast of The Beautiful Bridegroom, from left, Casey Ciocco, a junior psychology major from Latrobe, who has the part of Madam Kirsten; Averie Shaughnessy, a senior English major from Monroeville, Laurentia; and Rona Gehring, a freshman music major from Robinson, who plays Leonora. Thomas Octave, musical director of this third opera to be performed on the Saint Vincent stage, is seated at the piano. 

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