Blinn College to host soprano recital on Wednesday

Mikayla Wallis and Charis Wirtley will perform at 7 p.m. in the C.F. Schmidt Building

April 22, 2022

Two talented Blinn College District sopranos will showcase their talents during a special recital Wednesday, April 27, on the Blinn College-Brenham Campus.

Featuring Mikayla Wallis and Charis Wirtley, the performance will take place at 7 p.m. in Finke Recital Hall in the C.F. Schmidt Building at 800 College Avenue (map). Wallis and Wirtley both are students of Dr. Daniel Johnson and will be accompanied by pianist Mary Ann Hatfield.

Wallis was a four-year Texas all-state choir member in high school. At Brigham Young University, she earned selection to the College of Fine Arts and Communications Dean’s List. At Blinn, Wallis received the Samuel Duree Endowed Scholarship and earned Chancellor’s Scholar recognition. She also was one of the winners of Blinn’s Concerto and Aria Competition.

Wallis is completing her final semester at Blinn before transferring to Texas State University in the fall to pursue her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance with an opera minor. This summer, she will attend the Aquilon Music Festival in McMinnville, Ore., with festival director Dr. Anton Belov.

Wirtley, a freshman music major from Oconto Falls, Wis., earned many awards in solo-ensemble contests and select ensemble participations as a member of the Oconto Falls High School choir. Known for her emotional performances, Wirtley thrives in the realm of musical theatre. At Blinn, she has continued to expand her horizons and developed a comprehensive repertoire.

In addition to the soprano recital, Blinn’s brass studio and chamber ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Schmidt Building.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, Johnson will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Patricia Burnham for another performance in the Schmidt Building. This show is titled, “I’m Off to See the World! A Tour Around Europe in Honor of Our Spring 2022 Graduates and Transfer Students,” and features music from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russa, and Spain.

Blinn’s Music Department offers small classes, one-on-one attention, practical learning, and accessible faculty so that students are actively engaged in a superior learning environment. Students can pursue an Associate of Arts Degree in Music that provides a solid foundation in the creative and technical aspects of music, including music theory, history, composition, and performance.

For more information about Blinn’s music ensembles as well as scholarship and audition information, visit www.blinn.edu/music.

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