"My Favorite Things" Benefit Program

Was held on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.at the Amelia Plantation Chapel.

Arts Alive Nassau welcomed Dr. Kathy Price and Reginald Bouknight back to our beautiful community to perform “My Favorite Things,” a benefit performance for Arts Alive Nassau.  This organization is committed to promoting the Arts in Nassau County by providing after school arts programs in the schools.  Currently, the group sponsors the elementary band at Yulee Elementary and various Art and Music programs throughout Nassau County.  Future plans include additions of dance and drama programs.

The program featured arias and duets from the opera literature, favorites from Broadway musicals and spirituals.  Many of you will remembered Dr. Price from previous concerts with the Island Chamber Singers, including “A Night at the Opera” in April 2010.  Mr. Bouknight was in concert with the group in April 2011 and wowed the audiences with his performance with the choir of Puccini’s Messe di Gloria and various spirituals and arias.

Dr. Price

Kathy Kessler Price, M.M., Ph.D. (soprano), is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College. Her responsibilities include teaching graduate vocal pedagogy courses (specifically voice science, teaching practicum, and research), voice lessons, and supervising the Presser Voice Laboratory. Formerly, she was the Voice Area Coordinator at Mississippi State University, and had held teaching positions at the University of Kansas, Northern Virginia Community College, and William Jewell College.  Ms. Price has performed as soloist in such distinguished venues as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the National Museum for Women in the Arts.  Her operatic roles include "Mařenka" in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, "Miss Silverpeal" in Mozart's The Impresario, "Lucy" in Menotti's The Telephone, and the title roles in both The Merry Widow and Naughty Marietta. For twelve seasons, she performed with the Washington National Opera, the last six under the artistic direction of Plácido Domingo, and she continues to perform in solo and chamber music throughout the United States. In summer of 2012, she was a visiting artist and master teacher at the International Music Festival in Campina Grande, Brazil.  She has appeared with the Amelia Island Chamber Singers in A Night at the Opera. 

Dr. Price appears regularly as conductor and soloist of the acclaimed ensemble, Philomela, who has sung at The White House and The Smithsonian Institution. Her current research interests include lifespan female singing voices focusing on menopausal vocal transitions, historical vocal pedagogy with particular emphasis on female pedagogues, the role of voice teachers in interdisciplinary voice habilitation and rehabilitation, and voice assessment procedures for colleges and universities. As a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, she has pioneered team-teaching techniques in voice and led ground-breaking vocal/choral workshops. The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Foundation presented her with its 2010 Vocal Pedagogy Award.

Mr. Bouknight

Mr. Bouknight is a native of Washington, D.C and graduated from The Catholic University of America.  He made his debut as “Mingo” in Porgy and Bess with the Orlando Opera Company in 1983.  He received a fellowship from Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts where he studied voice, coaching in dramatic acting and song literature.  He sang with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in Porgy and Bess and Parsifal.  He sings leading roles with the opera company “In Series.”  In 1990, he appeared with Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle in An Evening of Negro Spirituals, conducted by James Levine and broadcast on PBS.  Additionally, he gave a series of recitals in the Czech Republic, with Kathy Price, during the Southern Bohemian Music Festival and was a soloist at Prague Castle in an all Gershwin concert.  He was guest artist at the DVORAK IN THE NEW WORLD program presented by the Library of Congress in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Mr. Bouknight’s engagements include a concert honoring the great African-American tenor Roland Hayes, a concert at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C. and “My Favorite Things” on Amelia Island, Florida.

“My Favorite Things” was accompanied by Deidre Singleton whose virtuoso performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Island Chamber Singers was highly acclaimed.  Ms. Singleton has a Master’s degree in Accompanying from the University of Georgia and is well-known to Amelia Island audiences.