Jean Couchie Burnquist to Present Voice Recital

April 02, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Reveling her life’s journey through her voice recital, Jean (Couchie) ’73 Burnquist, soprano, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 in Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to benefitting the Mount Union Concert Choir’s European Tour fund, Burnquist chose to honor her parents and her husband for their support throughout her life and musical career through her voice recital.

The repertoire will reflect the title for the voice recital which is “Every Song has a Story.” Included will be songs that have been a cornerstone in Burnquist’s life journey through singing.

Song composers featured will include Mozart, Giordani, Paladilhe, Faure, Oscar Straus, Hundley, Hoiby, Hely-Hutchinson, Lippé and Copland. Operatic arias included are from Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen”and “Dido and Aeneas,” Handel’s “Giulio Cesare,” Charpentier’s “Louise”and Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe.”

Burnquist will be accompanied by Janelle Penn Phinney on piano and Dr. James Perone, associate dean of faculty and professor of music, on clarinet for Schubert “Shepherd on the Rock” before intermission.

Burnquist was a member of the University of Mount Union’s steering committee, which began in 2013 to raise money for the May 2015 Concert Choir’s European Tour. The campaign was a success in raising $125,000 which insured that every member of the choir could go to Europe to partake in an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A native of Alliance, Ohio, Burnquist attended Mount Union, where she was a voice major and a member of the Mount Union Choir. She holds a Master of Music degree in sacred music performance and vocal pedagogy from the Ohio State University. She has been soprano soloist/section leader for Christ Presbyterian Church since 1987 and has sung much of the soprano oratorio repertoire as well as the part of the mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

Burnquist has sung with orchestras in Alliance, Columbus and Marietta. She has received critical acclaim as a soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Antarctica Symphony” with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. She has been presented in recitals at the University of Mount Union, Christ Presbyterian Church, Malone University, Capital University and the Ohio State University. She is a former member of the Blossom Festival Chorus, Canton Symphony Chorus and the Robert Page Singers.

The Giese Center for the Performing Arts is located on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts at (330) 823-2180.



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