2018 6:00 pm
Student Recital: Chantal Braziel, voice
Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
COST: Free and open to the public
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Chantal Braziel was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the youngest of her family. She is a college graduate of Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Opera. Chantal has studied classical voice for 6 years. Her focus has been on advancing her music skills and vocal abilities, as well as to bless others with her gift. Chantal has had many opportunities to perform at festivities in Pittsburgh and while away at school.
Outside of college, Chantal has competed in her first vocal competition in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She was also granted an audition for the production of Broadway’s Porgy and Bess in New York City, and had competed in the African American Operatic Aria competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chantal has been a featured soloist at many church and city events, as well as performing in local recitals in Pittsburgh.
Chantal has completed her first year of graduate school at West Chester University School of Music, while pursuing her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. While at West Chester, she has performed several performances and events in the music department. Chantal also received a graduate assistantship at West Chester’s Frederick Douglass Institute, in which she performed at many of their events. At the end of the school year, she was a featured soloist at her first concert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Once she returned home to Pittsburgh, Chantal joined the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus. She has performed in her first opera production of The Summer King this past spring, where mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves sung the lead role. The summer of 2016, Chantal was accepted into the young artist program of the Sherrill Milnes Savannah Voice Festival in Savannah, Georgia, where she had been given the opportunity to work with the great baritone, Sherrill Milnes, along with many other singers and faculty of the program, including her current voice teacher, Maria Spacagna. This year, Chantal returned to the Savannah Voice Festival for the second time, and has worked with mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Cano.
Chantal is now currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is pursuing her certificate in Advanced Music Studies, in which she hopes will help enhance her career. In the fall semester, Chantal will be singing the role of 2nd Lady in Carnegie Mellon’s production of The Magic Flute. Chantal prays that her work is just the beginning of her opera career.