“CMU Musical TheaterVocalists in Concert”

Monday, May 20

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Redstone Highlands

4951 Cline Hollow Road

Murrysville, PA   15668


Featuring 4 talented CMU students:

Allison Ferebee from Clarkville, Tennessee

Safiyah Harris from Miami, Florida

Miller Kraps from Louisville, Kentucky

Georgia Mendes from Los Angeles, California

 Claudia Benack

Introduced by Claudia Benack

Associate Professor of Musical TheaterCMU School of Drama

Symphony East welcomes Claudia Benack (who presented students at the May 2018 meeting) along with some of her students.  Ms. Benack, a well-known Pittsburgh vocalist and Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Carnegie-Mellon’s Drama School, received both her BFA and MFA degrees in Vocal Performance from CMU’s School of Music where she studied voice with Beatrice Krebs and Opera Workshop with Mildred Miller.  She continued her vocal studies with Ellen Faull of the Juilliard School, the late Margaret Hoswell of the Manhattan School of Music, and Gary Race, formerly of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Iowa.  A leading soprano for twenty years with Pittsburgh Opera Theater, she performed frequently with Pittsburgh Opera, the PSO, the Pennsylvania Opera Workshop, and other regional opera companies.  A true advocate and promoter of healthy singing through solid vocal technique and training, Ms. Benack continues her studies in vocal teaching by attending singing workshops throughout the country and working with numerous vocal therapists and throat doctors.  She also maintains her own thriving private studio.  The favorite part of her career has now become watching and enjoying her former and present students appear in countless national tours and regional productions.

May 20 CMU Vocalists in Concert Flyer

 Proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra