October 9, 2012
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – The Lake Michigan College Music department will feature An Autumn Afternoon with Tami Snyder-Knutson on Sunday, October 21, at 3 p.m. in the Dance and Drama Room (F117) of the LMC Mendel Center for Arts & Technology. During the voice recital, Snyder-Knutson will perform musical theatre, classical, and operatic repertoire from the Romantic period onward.
Musical theatre selections will feature highlights from The Fantasticks and Les Miserables. Operatic works will include pieces from Il Travitore by Verdi, Faust by Gounod, and Vanessa by Barber. Also included in the program will be several art songs in French, English, German, and Italian.
Snyder-Knutson, lyric mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of Bay City Central High School. She received her Bachelors of Arts degrees in Music and Theatre Arts from Saginaw Valley State University and her Masters of Music degree with an emphasis in voice performance from Western Michigan University. She has studied privately with Dr. Ken Prewitt (WMU), Dr. Julie Meyer (SVSU), Dr. Barbara Burdick (CMU), and Mrs. Amy Hughes (Bay City, MI).
During her time at WMU, Snyder-Knutson was as a graduate teaching assistant for the voice area where she taught voice classes, voice lessons, and assisted with teaching methodology courses. She also served as a choral scholar at St. John's Episcopal Church of Saginaw, Michigan, under the direction of Mr. Kevin Simons for five years. She has had the opportunity to be featured as a soloist in Athens, Greece and Kyoto, Japan and has received multiple honors for her work in music and theatre including placing at the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) voice competition in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Most recently, Snyder-Knutson played the role of Miss Wordsworth in WMU's production of Benjamin Britten's opera, Albert Herring, and is an adult chorus member at Opera Grand Rapids. Presently she is adjunct instructor of voice and History of Rock Music at LMC.
An Autumn Afternoon with Tami Snyder-Knutson is free of charge and open to the public. The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center for Arts & Technology is located on the Napier Avenue campus in Benton Township, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). For more information, please call the Performing Arts Office at (269) 927-1000 ext. 5237.