Vocal Appreciation Classes 2016-2017


Theresa KoonA class for all kinds of vocal chamber music enthusiasts. No prior knowledge required! 

More About the Class

Opera for the Hesitant’s Founder Theresa Koon will delve into vocal chamber music from around the world, including many gorgeous pieces to be featured by FOCM’s two vocal recitalists this season, Christian Gerhaher and Susan Graham. The courses involve live performance, lively discussion, comparative recordings, and surprising discoveries.

SPRING CLASS:  Register NOW or call 503.224.9842
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Mar 15, Mar 22 & Apr 5
Lincoln Hall Room 225, PSU

In our next three week class series, we’ll be exploring Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben—A Woman’s Love and Life.  Metropolitan Opera Star Susan Graham has put together a brilliant program coupling each song in the cycle with pieces by other poets and composers such as Richard Strauss, Grieg, Schumann, Fauré, and Ravel that express similar aspects of a woman’s life experience. (FOCM concert April 9)  Our class will compare these poems and their music to hear how different languages and periods in history have conveyed these emotions.  Hannah Penn and Susan McDaniel will flesh out the experience with live performance.  Don’t miss it!


Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Nov 16, Nov 30 & Dec 7
Lincoln Hall Room 225, PSU

The inspiring program of German baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber will be the focus of this three week class, featuring powerful, introspective, and surprisingly delicate music by Gustav Mahler. Two movements from The Song From the Earth, and seven pieces from Mahler’s later period including his most beloved song “I Have Become Lost to the World” will be explored through comparative recordings and live performances by Portland baritone Kevin Walsh and pianist John Strege. This is music not to be missed!

Raves for the Class!

Here are a few of the many comments we have received from past attendees of the class:

    Ms. Koon’s ability to express her thoughts both orally and vocally made the class a delight.
    I learned so much that I had not heard about before in my long musical life.
    The quality of the performances, and the way Theresa made it all so accessible were wonderful.
    Having Theresa’s lecture supplemented by the artists performances and comments made each class a wonderful experience.
    Theresa is so knowledgeable and so skilled at drawing out comments from the audience