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Dr. Marion Cawood to perform in Faculty Artist Series

October 18, 2005

Dr. Marion Cawood, professor of music, will be the first to perform in the Department of Music’s 2005-06 Faculty Artist Series.  Her performance is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public. 

Cawood, a soprano, sang opera and operetta for four years in Munich as a Fulbright Scholar and at the Cologne Opera House, Germany.  She has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Lexington Symphony, San Angelo Symphony and Kingsport Symphony; and as a soloist in the Nashville Opera Company and the Abilene Opera Association.    

The performance is the first in ACU’s Centennial Faculty Artist Series.  Other faculty artists who will be featured in the series include

  • Greg Bush, director of jazz studies and instructor of trumpet, Oct. 31
  • Marcia Straughn, instructor of flute, and Ron Rathburn, professor emeritus of piano, Nov. 3
  • Dr. Pauline Kung Bjoren, assistant professor of music, March 6
  • Dr. J. Eric Wilson, director of bands and associate professor of conducting and saxophone, March 21
  • Samuel Cook, artist-in-residence and assistant professor of voice, March 24

All performances are free and will be held in the Williams Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at 8 p.m. 

About Dr. Marion Cawood   

Elizabeth Marion Cawood joined the Abilene Christian University faculty in 1984.  She teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Concepts (Pedagogy),  Class Voice,  Opera History, Vocal Literature,  and Foreign Language Diction  (with IPA).  Cawood enjoys performing in solo recitals along with teaching at ACU.  She has guided several tours to Europe and has taught along side the late Moses Hogan in 2002 at Saint Hughs in Oxford, England. 

Cawood was a recipient of a Fulbright Grant to study 19 months in Munich, Germany at the Hochschule fur Musik as an opera singer.   She went on to Cologne, Germany to sing with the Cologne Opera House as a soprano soloist.  She returned to the United States in 1970 to earn her Masters in Performance at the University of Kentucky.  After six years as a teacher and Vocal Artist in Residence at David Lipscomb University she earned the Doctorate of Music in Vocal Performance in 1979 at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.  Cawood has sung many recitals for public schools in the Kentucky Appalachian Region for cultural development initiated by President Lyndon Johnson for Title 1 and 2 Programs.

Cawood sang many leading roles at Indiana University as an undergraduate, Florida State University, and with the Nashville Tennessee Opera Association.  She has sung Azucena in Il Trovatore, Antonia in Tales of Hoffman, Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi La Boheme, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Hanna Glavari in Merry Widow in addition to numerous others. 

Since coming to Abilene Christian University, Cawood has performed frequently with local and regional orchestras.  She has sung as soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Dallas Symphony and with the Abilene Philharmonic Symphony.



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