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ACTU presents husband and wife duo Friday

Arts for the Community at Thomas University will present a “Musical Collage for Voice and Piano” in its Friday at Noon concert series featuring award-winning vocalist Carla Connors with her husband pianist Timothy Hoekman. This husband-and-wife duo will perform a range of art songs by Handel, Chaminade, Amy Beach, Madeleine Dring and others.

The concert is free and will be at noon on Friday, Oct. 16, in Balfour Chapel on the Thomas University Main Campus, 1501 Millpond Road, Thomasville.

Connors, a native of Vermillion, South Dakota, served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice in the College of Music at Florida State University. She has been acclaimed as “a fresh, steady lyric soprano” by the New York Times and “a radiant voice, and an equally radiant manner” by the Grand Rapids Press.  Connors has made her mark in opera, with symphony and in recital.

She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 singing the soprano solos in masses by Mozart and Schubert. Other New York City honors include first prize in the Lola Wilson Hayes Vocal Artists Award and being chosen as a winner in the American Song Competition sponsored by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). This honor included a recital at Weill Recital Hall.

Connors maintains an active schedule of orchestra and recital appearances and is engaged extensively as an oratorio artist. She has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras and has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and on tours of Australia and Europe. Connors maintains a large private voice studio, gives master classes, and is a sought after adjudicator for vocal competitions.

Hoekman, Professor of Vocal Coaching and Collaborative Piano in the College of Music at Florida State University, is a highly experienced performer, teacher and coach. He has been at FSU since 1984, teaching collaborative piano, coaching graduate voice majors, and teaching a variety of language and vocal literature classes for singers and pianists.

He has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, and was on the music staff of Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York, from 1988 to 2011. He is currently on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and has worked for South Georgia Opera.

Hoekman is also a composer with works published by Theodore Presser, Colla Voce, Plymouth Music Company, Recital Publications and Classical Vocal Reprints.  He was named the 2002 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year for his song cycle “To Make a Prairie,” commissioned by the South Dakota Music Teachers Association.

A complimentary lunch will follow the approximately 50-minute performance. For more information, call the ACTU/Act Two line at 229-227-6964 or e-mail​

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