Alumni Recital to Benefit Truman Opera Theatre

Alumni Dominic Armstrong and Rachel AuBuchon will be the featured performers at the Truman Guest Alumni Recital at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

Armstrong, a tenor, graduated from Truman in 2002. He continued his education at The Juilliard School in New York where he received his Master of Music degree in vocal performance. In 2009, he received his second Master of Music degree in opera from the Curtis Institute. Armstrong has performed a vast range of operas in many styles. Well-known for his vocal versatility, he has participated in numerous recitals in a variety of venues.

Armstrong will be joined by pianist Rachel AuBuchon, who graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Truman and went on to earn an Master of Music degree in accompanying at the University of Missouri. She currently serves on the faculty of Stephens College. 

Armstrong and AuBuchon will be presenting a recital of song literature by 20th century English composers Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Roger Quilter. This recital is a benefit for the Truman Opera Theatre and a donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults is suggested.

Since his time at Truman, Armstrong has performed with The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Chicago Opera Theatre, The Ravinia Festival and The Wolf Trap Opera as a member of the Filene Young Artists. After making his European debut at The Wexford Festival in Wexford, Ireland, Armstrong spent the rest of the 2009-2010 season performing with Deutsche Oper Berlin in Germany and Opera Regio in Torino, Italy as a member of The Opera Foundation.

Later this month, Armstrong will make his debut with the New York City Opera in the New York City debut of Leonard Bernstein’s final opera, “A Quiet Place.” He has also been seen in concert with the Kansas City Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Chautauqua Youth Orchestra, the Curtis Orchestra, the University of Missouri Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, as a Grand Finalist in the 2008 National Council Auditions.

In addition to being named a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Armstrong has also won prizes from the Liederkranz Competition, Annapolis Opera Competition, the Sullivan Foundation, the Opera Index Competition, George London Scholarship Competition, the SAI Vocal Competition, NATS Regional and District Competitions, and was the first two-time winner of Truman’s Gold Medal Aria Competition. 

AuBuchon devotes much of her time to collaborating with instrumentalists, vocalists and choral groups, finding an unusual balance between lieder and saxophone literature. She currently performs with faculty and students at the University of Missouri and Stephens College and can be seen regularly in concerts with Trio Chymera, a saxophone-piano trio. Recent performance venues have included two performances at New York’s Weill Recital Hall, the 2008 and 2010 North American Saxophone Biennial Conference, the NATS regional conference in collaboration with Armstrong and baritone Kory Bickel, and Baylor University with saxophonist Leo Saguiguit.

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