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School Outreach Program

Mission: To provide students at middle and high schools in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland school districts an introduction to art song. We accomplish this by taking a presenter (a volunteer from the Vocal Arts Society Board of Directors), 2 singers (male and female) and an accompanist into 4 schools, going into each school 3 times throughout one semester for a total of 12 concerts. We attempt to go to each school for 3 years in a row – this provides an extremely effective cumulative learning experience for the students who stay in chorus throughout high school.

Singers and Repertoire from this Program

Program I
Amanda Gosier, soprano
Winter – Dominick Argento
They might not need me – Lori Laitman
The Monk and his Cat – Samuel Barber

Marvin Scott, tenor (a member of the new “Three ‘Mo Tenors”)
Since you went away – Leslie Adams
Jack and Jill – Michael Diack
Don’t feel no-ways tired – Jester Hairston

Program II
Lori Bryan, mezzo soprano
My House – Leonard Bernstein
La Rosa Y El Sauce – Carlos Guastavino
Bessie Bobtail – Samuel Barber

Joshua Saxon, tenor
O del mio amato ben – Stefano Donaudy
The Golden Willow Tree – Aaron Copland
Ich grolle nicht – Robert Schumann

Program III
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Sweeter than roses – Henry Purcell
Ständchen – Richard Strauss
Chiquitita la novia – Fernando Obradors

Jeffrey Tarr, bass
Der Floh – Ludwig van Beethoven
Der Tod und das Mädchen – Franz Schubert
Jonah an ‘de Whale – Robert MacGimsey

Marilyn Horne Foundation Educational Residency

The Marilyn Horne Foundation supports the Vocal Arts Society in a multi-day educational residency of four performances of a singer that they recommend.

Art Song Discovery Series

This series will continue to go into the neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland and will introduce families and other members of the community to the voice recital. This informal series of free concerts features local artists and provides running commentary throughout. These programs are designed to make art song interesting and accessible to audiences that may otherwise not have the chance to attend a performance.






Randa Rouweyha, soprano & Jeffrey Tarr, bass in duet at Glenview Mansion, Rockville
Rouweyha & Tarr
Stanley Webber, baritone at Duke Ellington School for the ArtsWebber
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor & Howard Watkins pianist at Walt Whitman High School

Lorriana Markovic, soprano, Tim McReynolds, pianist & Stacey Mastrian, soprano after recital at Temple Micah, DC
Markovic, McReynolds & Mastrian
Danielle Talamantes, soprano at Richard Montgomery High School
Vocal Arts education coordinator and voice teacher Elizabeth Daniels, with pianist George Peachey at Duke Ellington School for the Arts
Elizabeth Daniels




Vocal Arts Society, P. O. Box 32233, Washington, D.C. 20007, (202) 365-9064,
is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the song recital.

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