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Students to give voice recital

Sunday concert to showcase combined 10 years of opera study

Margaret Hair

Vocalists Anissa Corser, left, and Simonne Hill will be performing a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Library Hall in Bud Werner Memorial Library.

— About five years ago, Simonne Hill decided if she learned how to sing opera, she would be able to sing anything.

A longtime fan of musical theater, she started taking lessons with Keri Rusthoi, artistic director for the Steamboat Springs-based Emerald City Opera. Through the years, she studied and practiced, picking up musical theater roles in community pro­­ductions, ap­­pearing in Emerald City's summer productions and participating in the opera company's young artist institute.

"I hadn't really listened to opera before that, and in being trained in this type of technique I came to listen to it and appreciate it," Hill said.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Hill and fellow opera student Anissa Corser will perform a recital highlighting their opera training. Hill is a student at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, and Corser is a senior at The Lowell Whiteman School. Admission is free to the show in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

"We wanted to do the concert because we love to sing and we both love music, and we wanted to share that with the community," Hill said. "And also, for all the friends and family that have supported us, we wanted to give something back to them."

Corser also wants to thank everyone who's supported her singing. Because the program features classical voice music, she said the concert would be a way to introduce people to the style of music she and Hill have come to love.

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Rusthoi said she was "unbelievably delighted" with the progress both students have made in the past year, as they've moved "beyond just singing the notes as written."

"Once you get your technique pretty solid, then you can just explode as an artist, and I feel like both of them are doing that," Rusthoi said. "I'm just so delighted with the way that they're singing and the work that they're doing."

Corser and Hill also pursue other art forms. Corser has taken piano lessons for the past 12 years; Hill participates in local dance groups.

"They both bring those perspectives to their work as a singer and a performer, and it just makes them more well-rounded as performers, and it's just a boon to the audience," Rusthoi said.

Sunday's program is about an hour long and features selections by Mozart, Roger Quilter, Samuel Barber and several 20th-century composers. Pianist Andy Schaffner will provide accompaniment, and Corser will sit in on piano for a few pieces. A reception is planned for after the concert.

If you go

What: Anissa Corser and Simonne Hill, voice concert

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Cost: Free

Call: 879-0240