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CD set featuring APSU music prof, famed mezzo-soprano released

September 2, 2003

Capstone Records, New York City, recently released a new set of two CDs featuring mezzo-soprano Dr. Sharon Mabry, an Austin Peay professor of music, whose vocal performances have received worldwide acclaim.

Titled Music by Women, the CD documents the history of music by women composers and includes works by such artists as Lili Boulanger, Elizabeth Vercoe, Ruth Crawford, Ruth Lomon and Clara Schumann.
September 2, 2003

Capstone Records, New York City, recently released a new set of two CDs featuring mezzo-soprano Dr. Sharon Mabry, an Austin Peay professor of music, whose vocal performances have received worldwide acclaim.

Titled “Music by Women,” the CD documents the history of music by women composers and includes works by such artists as Lili Boulanger, Elizabeth Vercoe, Ruth Crawford, Ruth Lomon and Clara Schumann.

A review in “Fanfare” hailed the CD as “a superb collection of music, flawless, powerful, the history of all times…(it) shows a willingness to experiment.”

Mabry, who began her teaching career at APSU in 1970, holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Florida State University. She received her master's degree and doctorate in music from Peabody College and a Performance Certificate from the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria.

Although she has taught a variety of music courses at APSU, her primary duties are teaching private voice and vocal pedagogy. She has been the director of graduate music programs since 1991 and artistic coordinator of the “Dimensions New Music Series” since its inception in 1980.

Mabry's awards include APSU's two highest faculty honorsthe Richard M. Hawkins Award for scholarly and creative activity and the 2003 Distinguished Professor of Award. She has received two major National Endowment for the Arts grants.

Her seven LP and CD recordings have aired on FM stations internationally. She is a highly respected recitalist, master teacher of vocal techniques and soloist with symphony orchestras. She has performed at international music festivals, premiering the works of more than 30 composers.

Mabry has presented major performances in such venues as the National Public Radio Art of Song Series, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington. D.C., the International Congress of Women in Music at the University of Alaska, the International Music Analysis Conference in London, England, and two conventions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Since 1985, she has been a featured writer for the NATS Journal of Singing, contributing more than 80 articles. In 2002, Oxford University Press published her book “Exploring Twentieth Century Vocal Music: A Practical Guide to Performance and Repertoire,” which received rave reviews.

Mabry's “Music by Women” CD set is available in book stores or online from Capstone Records at
www.capstonerecords.org.