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Zoe McCray and Tonya Holland Menard to Present Recital on Feb. 11

January 29, 2018

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Zoe McCray, a graduate of James Madison University, and Dr. Tonya Holland Menard, an adjunct instructor of music at Bridgewater College, will present a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in the Carter Center for Worship at Bridgewater College.

The recital will feature McCray as soprano soloist and Menard on piano.

“An Evening with Zoe and Tonya” will include “Befreit” by Richard Strauss, “Senza Mamma” by Giacomo Puccini and “Laudate Dominium” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The program also includes “To the Spring-Spirit” and “Of Any Flower” from From the Depths of Grass by Russel Nadel and “Nature, the Gentles Mother,” “Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?” “The World Feels Dusty,” “Heart, We Will Forget Him” and “Going to Heaven!” from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland.

The recital will conclude with “So Big/So Small” by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, “Someone to Watch Over Me” by George Gershwin and “The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern.

McCray graduated from JMU with a B.M. in vocal performance, studying under Grammy-Award-winning baritone Kevin McMillan. She served as the director and arranger of JMU’s a cappella group Note-Oriety. She has directed music for shows, including Company and Avenue Q and was the choral leader at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Harrisonburg. During the summer of 2017, she participated in the COSI Summer Opera Program in Sulmona, Italy, where she sang the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica

Menard is an adjunct instructor of music at Bridgewater College and James Madison University. She holds a D.M.A. in piano performance, literature and pedagogy from JMU. She served as state theory chair for Virginia Music Teachers Association (VTMA), working with a team of teachers from VMTA to include 20th century theory idioms into pre-college private lesson curricula. Her research, “20th-Century Theory, It’s About Time: The Compositional Techniques of Maurice Ravel,” was published in the American Music Teacher magazine. She owns a music studio and is the conductor of the Page County Community Choir.  

The recital is free and open to the public.

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