NNU hosts two world-class artists for Music Residency Week

November 11, 2013, 4:37 pm

NNU and the Department of Music will host two artists-in-residence on campus Nov. 18 – 24 for a week of professional music instruction, classroom lectures and performances. Resident artists are Grammy Award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher, and Dr. Debra J. Lynn, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Organizations at Manchester University.

Highlights of the week’s schedule include:

  • Tues., Nov. 19 – Vocal Master Class with Belcher. In collaboration with the Treasure Valley National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), this event will offer three class sessions throughout the day with space for student participants and observers. Cost is $40 for a 15-20 minute instructional time with Belcher and $20 for non-participating observers. All sessions take place in the NNU Brandt Center, 707 Fern St., Nampa, ID 83686.
  • Thurs., Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.– Vocal Recital featuring Belcher. The recital will be held in the NNU Little Theatre, 512 Holly St., Nampa, ID 83686. Admission is $5 and open to the public.
  • Sun., Nov. 24 at 3:00 p.m. – World Premiere of “A Family Portrait.” Composed and directed by Lynn, this ten-movement choral and orchestral piece was inspired by a collection of letters written during the mid-late 19th century. It features two soloists, Belcher and Judith Marlett, Professor of Music at NNU, along with the Vallivue High School Choir and the NNU Orchestra. The concert will be held at the NNU Brandt Center. Admission is $5 and open to the public.


Belcher and Lynn bring an outstanding level of music expertise to NNU’s campus. Belcher himself possesses a 50-role repertoire, 2010 Grammy Award and performances in many of the world’s music capitals. London’s “The Guardian” described him as “possessing the kind of powerhouse stuff that indicates a star in the making.” A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, many of his roles play to his colorful voice and natural comedic timing—gifts that will translate into a highly polished, yet enjoyable master class.

Lynn holds a Doctor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in choral conducting and voice performance from Ball State University, while prior degrees from Truman State University and William Jewell College include emphases in choral conducting, voice performance, and music education. As a composer, Dr. Lynn writes both instrumental and vocal music, and has received several commissions including Lily and Plowshares Foundation requests. She is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for various composer forums, choral festivals, and voice and conducting master classes.

“A Family Portrait,” the piece composed by Lynn, was originally commissioned by Marlett’s family, and specifically written for Marlett and Belcher as soloists. The texts for the composition are excerpted from Marlett’s family letters from years surrounding the Civil War, including letters from her great-great-grandfather’s time in the Union army that show his evolution of emotion through the war. Lynn has expertly woven in American folk music and hymn tunes from the era that can be heard in the orchestra and chorus lines.

To purchase tickets to the concert or recital, register for the master class or to receive more details on the residence week schedule, contact the NNU Department of Music at 208-467-8413 or

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