Focus on Community/Arts
Chesapeake Student Tapped for International Study
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
WYE MILLS Singer Geneva Stork of Easton was recently selected to study at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) summer program in Graz, Austria.
Stork, a former Dual Enrollment student at Chesapeake College and graduate of Easton High School, studies voice under Assistant Professor of Music Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber. As a high school student, Stork was cast as Liesel in the Chesapeake College production of "The Sound of Music" in 1998.
A 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Stork returned to Easton to earn money for graduate school. She began taking courses at Chesapeake College again and studying voice with Dr. Cutsforth-Huber.
The professor encouraged Stork to audition for the AIMS program. As a participant in the summer program, Stork will have intensive training in vocal performance. The six-week course will also include German language instruction, professional music career counseling and audition workshops. The program will end with the students performing opera scenes to European audiences.
"I hope to make a living as a professional opera singer, so this will be an incredible learning opportunity for me," she said. Stork will begin her graduate program in opera/music theatre at Southern Illinois University this fall.
The singer is currently fundraising for her trip. She will have a benefit performance on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Rufus and Loraine Todd Performing Arts Center. Admission to the recital is by donation. The donations are tax deductible.
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