Saturday, May 18, Sacred Sites Open House
2 PM Guided Tours
3 PM Vocal Concert by Jason Slayden, tenor; Gloria Kim, piano
“The Holy Sonnets of John Donne” by Benjamin Britten
and songs of Henri Duparc and Franz Lizst
4 PM Refreshments and Open House
Along with a career in opera, Jason is a multimedia artist working in the disciplines of sound design, photography, video and animation. With his wife, he creates immersive performance projects with art song, field recordings, and electronic music in their multimedia duo BELHAVEN. They return to Avaloch Farm Music Institute in the summer of 2019 to develop a new work based on Alban Berg’s “Sieben Frühe Lieder.” Jason also serves as the parish organist at St John’s Episcopal Church in Yonkers, NY.
Pianist, Gloria Kim. Recent appearances include a recital collaboration with Nitzan Haroz on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series (Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal trombonist), a concert of opera excerpts by alumni of American Lyric Theater’s critically acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program at The Morgan Library & Museum and National Sawdust, Carnegie Weill and Zankel Halls, the Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Poland, and the New York premiere of an all-female chamber opera, Svadba. She has also appeared on live broadcast with WQRX and KMFA. Career highlights include being on the music staff for the Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn), Glimmerglass Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute (Heggie’s Three Decembers), Opera Omaha (Falstaff), Virginia Opera (der fliegende Holländer), and serving as music director for projects with American Lyric Theater, Heartbeat Opera, and The Muses Creative Artistry Project.
An advocate for music in higher education, she has held faculty positions at The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York University, Montclair State University, and Concordia University (adjunct violin), and has given master classes at Ithaca College, The University of Texas, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Memphis. A native of Austin, TX, Dr. Kim received her degrees in Performance at The University of Texas, and her doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota. Also an accomplished violinist, she was in the symphony orchestras at both universities, and was active in the orchestral and chamber music scenes in Austin and Minneapolis.
Upcoming highlights include further collaborations with Nitzan Haroz, American Lyric Theater, and Savannah Voice Festival. She joins Opera Maine this summer for the production of Sumeida's Song by Mohammed Fairouz.
An advocate for music in higher education, she has held faculty positions at The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York University, Montclair State University, and Concordia University (adjunct violin), and has given master classes at Ithaca College, The University of Texas, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Memphis.