Brendel To Sing At Benjamin Britten Centenary Conference

Friday, June 28, 2013
Dr. Ron Brendel
Dr. Ron Brendel

Dr. Ron Brendel, associate professor of voice at Lee University, will present and perform at the Benjamin Britten on Stage and Screen Conference in Nottingham, England, July 5-7. 

Dr. Brendel was selected from a large number of international applicants to be a part of the conference which celebrates the centennial year of Benjamin Britten, a British composer famed largely for his eclectic approach to composition, and noted for his operas. 

“I am honored to be selected,” said Dr. Brendel. “To be part of this significant conference with international scholars and performers is a special privilege for me.”

Dr. Brendel is widely performed in the music of Britten and wrote his doctoral monograph on a Britten topic. His lecture/recital for the conference is titled “The Tenor’s Solo Music in The Turn of the Screw.” He will sing the Prologue and an aria from the opera, and will be accompanied by Mervyn Cooke, a pre-eminent Britten scholar.

Dr. Brendel has presented Britten’s music at events in Liverpool, England; Dunedin, New Zealand; and numerous conferences in the United States.

Dr. Brendel’s performances have been heralded as "effortlessly professional...strongly lyric...memorable" in opera, oratorio and recital. As an opera singer, Dr. Brendel shines brightest in the Mozart tenor roles of Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and Der Shauspieldirektor, but is equally at home in the contemporary operas of Britten.

Dr. Brendel has appeared as Goro (Madama Butterfly), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and Nanki-Poo (The Mikado) among other roles. He has also sung numerous recitals and oratorios, and was tenor soloist at Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Brendel joined Lee’s School of Music in 2005 where he teaches voice and graduate vocal pedagogy. He earned his doctor of musical arts and his master’s in music from Temple University and his bachelor of music education from Evangel College.

Since 2007 he has served with his wife Chery, also Lee music faculty, as the co-director of music ministries at Wesley Memorial UMC. The couple also founded, and currently direct, the Schumann Liederfest, a summer music program for American singers in Zwickau, Germany. 

For more information about the Britten Centenary Conference, visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/music/research/conferences/britten-conference.


Georgia Northwestern To Give Free GED Practice Tests

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is giving away free GED practice tests from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3 to all current or potential students who come into one of the local Adult Education Learning Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area. Students who take the GED Ready test will be able to see if they are ready to pass the GED test, if they have skills they need to pass the ... (click for more)

Brookwood School Named Highest-Performing School For 3rd Year

Brookwood School in Dalton has been named a Title I Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education for the third year. The school again was recognized as a Highest-Performing School that ranks it among the five percent of Title I schools in the state that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. Only 80 ... (click for more)

Sewell Says City, EPB "Close" On Amount Owed By Utility To City On Street Light Overbilling

City Internal Auditor Stan Sewell told City Council members on Tuesday that EPB and the city are "close" on the amount owed by the utility to the city on street light overbilling. Mr. Sewell said the city computed the amount at about $1.2 million, while he said EPB's auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, has it at $1.5 million for an 89-month period that was audited. Mr. Sewell ... (click for more)

City Council Votes 5-4 On New Process For Naming IDB Members

The City Council voted Tuesday night 5-4 to set up a new process for naming members to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which currently has four vacancies. The process includes three City Council panels: A (Districts 1, 2, 3), B (Districts 4, 5, 6), and C (Districts 7, 8, 9). Group A will fill two of the vacancies and Groups B and C one each. Agreement ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)