SMWC welcomes renowned artists

January 18th, 2012 |


January 26, 2012. This performance has been cancelled.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Department of Music and Theatre presents acclaimed baritone Raymond Feener, D.M.A., and collaborative pianist Natalia Rivera, D.M.A., in a guest artist lecture and recital “The Evolution of Everyman” on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Cecilian Auditorium on campus.

The program will feature a multimedia lecture and recital based on the evolution of the 15th century morality play, “The Summoning of Everyman.” The play examines the question of Christian salvation and what mankind must do to attain it. Using the music of Frank Martin and text suggested by Hugo von Hoffmansthal, a staged adaptation of Martin's “Six Monologue aus Jedermann” will be presented. Attendees have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music by its sheer beauty and by putting each piece into its social and historical context. The performance is free and open to the public.

About the Artists

Raymond Feener, D.M.A., Baritone

A native of Bremen, Ohio, Raymond Feener, Ph.D., is known for his beautiful lyrical voice and outstanding acting ability. He has performed throughout Austria, Holland, Italy and the United States.

From 2001 to 2005, he served as assistant professor of voice at Ohio University. Since 2005, he has served on the voice faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He earned his bachelor of music in choral education, master of music in vocal performance from Ohio University and a doctorate of musical arts from Florida State University in vocal performance/opera emphasis. With the Springfield Regional Opera, Feener recently performed “Faure’s Requiem,” Beethoven’s 9th Symphony” and Puccini’s “La Boheme.”

Natalia Rivera, D.M.A., Collaborative Pianist

Pursuing a career that embraces song recitals, chamber music and opera, Natalia Rivera, D.M.A., achieved early success at the age of fourteen when she won the Jesus Maria San Roma Concerto Competition in Puerto Rico. Since then, she has performed in Austria, Holland, Italy and Japan.

Rivera earned a bachelor of music from the New England Conservatory, a master of collaborative arts from the University of Minnesota and studied at the Juilliard School of Music. She recently completed a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance at the University of Kansas. Natalia has served on the faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria Vassar College, Florida State University, Mannes Conservatory of Music and Ohio University School of Music. She is currently an assistant teaching professor of vocal coaching at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

For more information contact the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Department of Music and Theatre at (812) 535-5154 or trichardson(at)

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