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Music Department Represented at SongFest International Music Festival

Posted on July 10, 2013.

SongFest High Point University HPUHIGH POINT, N.C., July 10, 2013 – Allyson Goff, a rising sophomore at High Point University, and Dr. Candice Burrows, co-chair of voice studies, have been selected to represent HPU at SongFest, an international music festival in Los Angeles.

Goff earned a scholarship, based on an audition and academic achievement, over graduate music students from around the world.

SongFest is an intensive performing summer training program, held through the month of July, for singers and collaborative pianists. Since its founding in 1996, SongFest’s faculty has featured an internationally respected array of artists, teachers and composers.

“While I’m at SongFest, I plan to hit the practice rooms hard, but all of the fun will really come from performing in the concerts, recitals and master-classes,” says Goff. “I am humbled yet ecstatic that I am going, and I would like to thank Dr. Burrows and the HPU Music Department for making this amazing experience possible.”

Burrows, was selected to join world-renowned performers and top American coaches as one of the SongFest instructors. She will be teaching master classes on the world acclaimed conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein, best known for composing the music for “West Side Story.” Burrows will teach the class alongside the legend’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein.

Burrows encouraged Goff to apply for the opportunity to join the festival.

“I know Allyson to be a very diligent student who has excelled greatly in her freshmen year,” says Burrows. “I encouraged her to apply even though she would be up against graduate students from other countries. Not only was she selected to attend the festival and represent High Point University, but she was given scholarship to attend.”

In addition to attending SongFest this summer, Goff performed in the chorus of Verdi’s “Aida” with the North Carolina Opera; completed the Greensboro Light Opera and Song summer program at UNCG, performing in the ensemble of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Makado”; and soloed in two voice recitals with accompanists Dr. Rich Auvil and Dr. Ben Blozan.

Burrows’ career highlights include soloing with the Boston Symphony and Pops, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Santa Fe Orchestra, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra and numerous others. She has performed numerous opera roles.

Burrows and Goff will be at SongFest from June 30-July 26.

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