Dr. Kimberly Mullendore Brown to Perform on February 12


Dr. Kimberly Mullendore Brown (courtesy)

Jacksonville State University alumna and soprano Dr. Kimberly Mullendore Brown will perform a voice recital on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Center of Mason Hall on the campus of JSU. She will be accompanied by piano professor Dr. Gail Steward.

Dr. Brown is a graduate of Oxford High School and received her bachelor's degree in music from Jacksonville State University, where she was a voice student of Sam Brown. She received her master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Alabama and a DMA in vocal performance from the University of Memphis.

She has been on faculty at Wayland Baptist University’s (WBU) School of Music since 2007. At WBU, she is employed as associate professor and director of vocal studies, teaching applied voice, lyric diction, and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Brown has appeared as soprano soloist for works including Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Bach), Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Fauré), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Vesperae solennes de confessore (Mozart), Serenade to Music (Vaughan Williams), and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Villa Lobos). Her operatic credits include principle roles in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), La bohème (Puccini), The Tragedy of Carmen (Brook/Bizet), and Albert Herring (Britten). Dr. Brown is active as a solo and collaborative recitalist, having recently performed large collaborative vocal works such as Liebeslieder Waltzer (Brahms), To Be Sung Upon the Water (Argento), I Never Saw Another Butterfly (Lehmann), and Sechs Lieder (Spohr). She performed in the world premieres of Gary D. Belshaw’s Rossetti Songs and hymn arrangements, as well as John Baur’s opera, The Promise. In 2015, she will create the principle role of Cecelia in the world premiere of Gary D. Belshaw’s opera, Incident at Burro Java

A former member of JSU’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers, Dr. Brown contacted Dr. Patricia Corbin, JSU director of choral activities, about doing this recital.

“I was happy to hear from Kim, who I remember very vividly,” says Dr. Corbin. “She was in the choir when I first joined the JSU music faculty in 1999 and was extremely talented. It is wonderful to see her doing so well, and I look forward to hearing this recital.”

This recital is free and open to the public. Dr. Brown will give a masterclass for JSU voice students on Friday, February 13. For more information, please contact the JSU Music Department at (256) 782-5559