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Young Concert Artist winner performs in Dalton

Sept. 18, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Soprano Jennifer Check, winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, opens the Bullock Performance Institute's 2006-07 season with a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

All seating is general admission. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance through the Miller Auditorium ticket office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Students and senior citizens will be admitted for $5.

In addition to the international auditions, Check, a native of New Jersey, also was awarded the John Browning Memorial Prize and YCA's Lindemann Vocal Chair.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program from 2001 to 2003, Check made her Met debut as Clotilde in "Norma," sharing the stage with Jane Eaglen and Dolora Zajick. She performed the roles of Celestial Voice in "Don Carlo," Fifth Maid in "Elektra," and Alisa in "Lucia di Lammermoor." She also toured with the Met, making appearances at the Verbier Festival and the Salzburg Festival under the baton of James Levine.

Check has won numerous competitions, including the Zarzuela Prize in the 2003 Operalia competition, sponsored by Placido Domingo, as well as first place awards in the Loren L. Zachary competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Oratorio Society of New York solo competition, the Mario Lanza Scholarship auditions, and the Liederkranz Annual Scholarship awards. She was awarded a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and the Leonie Rysanek Memorial Prize from the George London Foundation. Check studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College.

Established in 1985 and later named in honor of its founder, the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute's mission is to add to the already rich cultural life of Kalamazoo by creating opportunities to develop closer personal and artistic ties between audience and performer. For more information, visit the WMU School of Music at www.wmich.edu/music.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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