The Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club members recently welcomed two groups of Chautauqua Institution's vocal students, Cabaret and Opera, under the direction of Carol Rausch, music administrator and chorus master.
A former Rotary Scholar, Rausch has been part of the Chautauqua music staff since 1995 and is Chorus Master and Music Administrator for the New Orleans Opera Association.
The club has provided a scholarship contribution which provides the students with the opportunity to concentrate solely on their artistic pursuits without worrying about the financial pressures of the art world.
Chautauqua Institution opera singers, front from left to right, are: Caroline Braga, soprano, Manhattan School of Music; Hannah McDermott, mezzo, The Juilliard School: Aaron Mor, tenor, The Juillard School; standing from left, Paul Kroeger, tenor, Southern Methodist University; Lachlan Glen, accompanying pianist.
Introduced by club Vocational Service Chair Helen Baran, the Cabaret and Opera students have preformed for the club for many years.
"It is always a great pleasure to see how the Rotary Scholars have done with their training," Baran said. "Each year, the students are at the top of their field, and it is always wonderful to hear these young people perform in both opera and lighter music one would see on Broadway. They come from all over the USA and the world."