Faculty Artist Series: Luther's Kylie Toomer to perform voice recital March 30

Kylie Toomer, Luther College alumni guest lecturer, will perform a soprano recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program will feature of the works of lesser-known 20th century composers such as Joseph Marx, Carlos Guastavino and Vítězslava Kaprálová, as well as popular composers such as Francis Poulenc, Charles Gounod and Tchaikovsky.

Eric Ashcraft, tenor and Luther adjunct faculty in music, and Andrew Wanningman, baritone and Luther alumni guest lecturer in music, will join Toomer in her performance, with Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music, collaborating with her on piano.

An active performer, Toomer has held a variety of operatic roles, including Pamina in "Die Zauberflöte," Violetta in "La Traviata" and Birdie in Blitzstein's "Regina." D Magazine described her as "continually captivating, sensitive and vocally magnificent."

Most recently, Toomer was a featured recitalist in Náměšt’ nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, and was a National Semi-Finalist and Encouragement Award Winner of the 2013 International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition.

Toomer has worked behind the curtain for opera as well as onstage.  She served as stage manager for University of North Texas Opera's production of "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Werther," and most recently as the artistic manager of Madison Opera in Madison, Wis.

Toomer holds a bachelor's degree in music from Luther and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas.