College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 3 Page: 97
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PAULA HOMER serves as producer and stage director of UNT opera productions and
oversees the training program and curriculum. Since joining UNT in 1992, she has
produced and stage-directed more than 50 full productions, including three collaborative
opera productions with the A. Steffani Conservatory of Music in Italy. Three productions
have earned first-place Opera Production Competition awards from the National Opera
Association: Marc Blitzstein's Regina (2011), Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring (1998) and
Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco (1995). Ms. Homer earned music degrees from
Indiana University and St. Mary's College at Notre Dame. She has served as co-director
of the Apprentice Artists Program and stage director for Des Moines Metro Opera and was
founder and artistic director for OperaWorks, Inc.
EMILY HUESKE, mezzo-soprano, is pursuing a DMA in vocal performance at the
University of North Texas, where she studies with Stephen Austin. She received a BM
and performer's certificate from the University of Connecticut and a MM from the New
England Conservatory. Some of her roles include Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Cecilia March
in Little Women, Lady Angela in Patience, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, and Hansel in
Hansel and Gretel. This past season, she was a member of The Dallas Opera Chorus and
Fort Worth Opera Chorus.
STEPHEN MORSCHECK, bass-baritone, is widely respected for the dignity he brings
in concert and opera performances. "Stephen Morscheck's Leporello was genuinely funny,
as well as solidly sung. His catalogue aria was almost too effective, drawing applause
before its conclusion," says Opera News of a recent Don Giovanni performance. Of Verdi's
Requiem, The Boston Globe said he is "solid, and reliable, estimable qualities not to be
taken for granted." Performances during the 2011-2012 season and beyond include Bartolo
in Le nozze di Figaro at Lyric Opera Baltimore; Capulet in Romdo et Juliette with Florida
Grand Opera; and concert appearances, including Bach's B minor Mass with the Alabama
Symphony and Jesus in Bach's St. John Passion with John Nelson and the Soli Deo Gloria
Bach Project in Chicago. A Richard Tucker Career Grant winner, Dr. Morscheck currently
serves on the vocal faculty at the University of North Texas.
LARA ELIZABETH WASSERMAN, soprano, is pursuing her MA in vocal performance
at the University of North Texas, where she studies with Lynn Eustis. A native of Iowa
City, Iowa, she received a BM from Lawrence University, where she performed the roles
of Cunegonde in Candide and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. Ms. Wasserman has also
participated in the Sieur Du Luth Summer Opera Program and last year's SongFest.
JENNIFER YOUNGS, soprano, is pursuing her MA in vocal performance at the University
of North Texas, where she studies with Lynn Eustis. This season at UNT, she performed
the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, in addition to the
role of Laurette in Dallas Opera's outreach production of Le docteur Miracle. Last season,
Ms. Youngs performed the roles of Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito and Birdie in Blitzstein's
Regina at UNT, also working closely with UNT artist-in-residence Jake Heggie. A first-
place winner of the Louis Alba Aria Competition in Houston, Ms. Youngs was a finalist for
the Richard Tucker Award in 2009.
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