Renowned voice coach Arlene Shrut to present recital

January 29, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Renowned voice coach Arlene Shrut will collaborate in a public recital with Penn State voice majors at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, in Esber Recital Hall, University Park. The concert is the culmination of a three-day residency in which she will coach voice students, lead a masterclass on opera arias, and present a two-hour session titled "Mastering Mozart" during the School of Music's Voice Forum. All events are free and open to the public.

Professor Shrut's visit to campus is sponsored by the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) and hosted by faculty member Jennifer Trost.


Friday, Feb. 3 (In Esber Recital Hall)

  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. — "Mastering Mozart"

Saturday, Feb. 4

  • 11 p.m.-noon — Individual student coaching (210 Music Building II)
  • Noon-2 p.m. — Individual student coaching (110 Music Building I)
  • 2-7 p.m. — Individual student coaching (110 Music Buidling I)

Sunday, Feb. 5

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Individual student coaching (110 Music Building I)
  • 4-7 p.m. — Individual student coaching (110 Music Building I)

Monday, Feb. 6 (In Esber Recital Hall)

  • 10-11:30 a.m. — Opera Aria masterclass with members of the MUS480 Opera Literature class
  • 7:30 p.m. — Concert

Arlene Shrut, hailed by The New York Times as a “strong and sensitive pianist,” performs with the elite performers of today while training the musicians of tomorrow. As a performer, Shrut has collaborated with Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson and Angela Meade, among others. She regularly serves as official pianist and judge for international opera competitions sponsored by The Gerda Lissner Foundation, The Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, The Giulio Gari Foundation, The Loren Zachary Society, The Marcello Giordani Foundation, and the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation. She has recorded for Dorian, Albany, Summit, Centaur, and Orion labels. Her discography includes works from the classical canon and recording premieres by contemporary composers. 

As an educator, Shrut currently serves on the senior coaching faculty of The Juilliard School's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts as well as the vocal-piano recital faculty at Manhattan School of Music. Festivals that have recently featured Shrut as pianist, vocal coach and teacher for collaborative pianists include the Vancouver International Song Institute, Opera Experience Southeast, Greensboro Light Opera and Song, Operafest on Martha's Vineyard and in New Jersey, Resonanz Festival, and Songfest in Malibu. In 2015, Shrut joined the artist faculty of Source Song Festival and will be in residence again August 2016.  She is currently head coach and pianist at Atlantic Music Festival and presents masterclasses across the country in subjects ranging from audition techniques to musical collaboration and entrepreneurship. In 2003, Classical Singer magazine named Shrut the inaugural “Coach of the Year.”

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    Arlene Shrut

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Last Updated January 30, 2017