Classical Singer Convention in New York City, New York - Memorial Day Weekend -May 28-30, 2010.


The Classical Singer Convention held at the Marquis Marriott Hotel on Times Square in New York, City provides a venue for classical singers, colleges and professional organizations related to the business aspect of being a performer as well as music editors the opportunity to gather and exchange information in the form of master classes, competitions (high school, college and professional) performances and other discussion forums. Its ultimate goal is two- fold: to give singers of all ages the opportunity to gain important feedback and experience performing for judges, in master classes and to meet with members of prospective colleges and to give colleges and professional organizations the opportunity to recruit singers for their programs, opera houses and other performing arts organizations. At this convention, Dr. Bentz manned a table for Westminster College, attended auditions of high school students with the purpose of recruiting vocal majors for Westminster and attended master classes and performances that gave me important information for my teaching. She was also able to network with other professionals concerning summer programs for our own students at Westminster. Probably the most exciting part of the weekend was watching the quality of the singers at all levels both vocally and artistically. "It put my own work at Westminster in perspective, gave me new ideas and reinforced my belief that what we are accomplishing here is on the right track. I hope to take several students with me to compete in future conventions because I feel that it will give them a “leg up” in the real world of performance."



 Opera Westminster - "Love, Lies and Deception" - April 17, 2010

THE MAGIC FLUTE- W. A. Mozart - Kelsey Weightman, Christina Kinney, Caitlin Dobran, Christian Heasley, and Anne Rematt

FAUST- Andrew McMurray and Chorus
DIE ENTFUHRUNG - Hannah Timm     COSI FAN TUTTE - Hannah De Leon, Alexandra Patterson, Caitlin Dobran
Opera Westminster presented "Love, Lies and Deception" Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. Westminster students and guest artists performed scenes from some of the
best-loved operas, including Carmen, Faust, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Die Entführung, L'elisir d'amore, Traviata, and Die Fledermaus. The event was coordinated by stage director Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, Westminster associate professor of music. An orchestra of Westminster faculty, students, and guest musicians will provide instrumental support.


Faculty, Students, and Alumna to Perform with Seraphim Community Chorus - Sunday April 11, 2010

The Seraphim Community Chorus, under the direction of Westminster College adjunct music faculty Mr. Kris Harper, will present Mendelssohn's "Elijah, Op. 70" Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Canfield, Ohio. Soloists for the oratorio include: baritone, Thomas Scurich, tenor William Ambert, Westminster adjunct music faculty; soprano Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, Westminster associate professor of vocal studies; and contralto Susan Toth Shafer, Westminster graduate and former artist-in-residence. Westminster College organist Kathryn Davison Miller will provide accompaniment. Westminster adjunct music faculty Jeff Bremer will play bass in the chamber orchestra. This special presentation of the oratorio is part of Seraphim's tenth anniversary as a chorus in the greater Mahoning Valley.


Music Faculty and Students Attended PMEA Professional Development Day- Grove City College
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Two Westminster College music faculty presented and 14 students attended the Pennsylvania Music Education Association District 5 Spring Professional Development Day arch 27 at Grove City College. Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, associate professor of music, presented "Bringing Opera into the Classroom" during "The Magic of Opera" session. Bentz, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2001, heads the voice division in the Department of Music and is director of Opera Westminster. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware, doctorate from the University of Maryland, and an artist's diploma from the Hochschule fur Musik in Hannover, West Germany.

Presenter- Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz

PMEA Conference - Grove City College


Music Professor Performed in Washington, D.C. - February 26, 2010

Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, soprano - Westminster College associate professor of music, was the featured soloist with the Friday Morning Music Club Feb. 26 at Sumner Museum in Washington, D.C. Bentz, a soprano who has been a member of the club for about 10 years, was accompanied by club members David Chapman on piano and Michael Bowyer on flute. Her program included "Villanelle" from Les Nuits d'Ete by Hector Berlioz; "Elegie" by Jules Massent; "Tornami a vagghegiar" by Georg Frederic Handel; and "The Smoking Aria" from The Secret of Susannah by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Bentz, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2001, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and doctorate from the University of Maryland. The Friday Morning Music Club is a professional organization that provides recitals and performances at a variety of venues throughout the metropolitan Washington area. Membership is by audition.