FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2013
Glenville, WV— Glenville State College junior Seth Stemple has been selected to attend and perform with the 4th annual Druid City Opera Workshop at the University of Alabama. The workshop, sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Music, Voice Department and Opera Theatre will be held May 22nd through May 30th encompassing nine days of intensive training. Stemple will be studying voice, stage combat/movement as well as preparing opera scenes for a performance at the end of the workshop.
Stemple is a music education/music performance major from Fairmont (Marion County), West Virginia. He auditioned for the workshop by sending in a recording and was one of only eighteen students who were chosen nationally for the event.
“I am very honored to be accepted into this workshop. There are not many opera workshops for people my age. Usually these programs are for graduate and doctoral students. I am also honored to represent Glenville State College and West Virginia in this year’s Druid City Opera Workshop. It’s wonderful to know that Glenville State College has top quality teachers that have prepared me for such an adventure,” said Stemple.
While at GSC, Stemple has taken advantage of many opportunities to expand his talents. He is the Field Commander for the Pioneer Marching Band, traveled to Austria last summer to perform with the GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, is a soloist in Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, had a leading role in GSC’s production of the opera ‘Trial by Jury’ by Gilbert & Sullivan, and is a GSC Choral Scholar at Glenville Presbyterian Church.
“Seth has grown tremendously as a musician since I met him in his junior year of high school at East Fairmont High School. He has always been eager and a great example of a student who immerses themselves into their field,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music Teresa Dody.
Stemple is also working with the GSC Fine Arts Department faculty to prepare for grad school auditions as he plans to pursue a career in voice and opera. He is the son of Steve and Sharlene Stemple of Fairmont