Drs. Spafford and St. Clair give joint recital
Dr. Jessica Spafford, soprano, and Dr. Cindy St. Clair, pianist, gave a joint recital on February 14 at Judson College’s Alumnae Auditorium. The concert featured works by 20th- and 21st-Century American and Canadian composers, including Leonard Bernstein, Larry Taylor, Lauren Spavelko, Elizabeth Raum, and George Gershwin. From the lighthearted amusements of Elizabeth Raum’s Men I Have Known (1984) and a finale of “Glitter and Be Gay” from Bernstein’s Candide (1956) to the sober contemplations of Lauren Spavelko’s Baby Book (2016), the concert’s selections evoked an array of emotions. The recital also featured three selections composed by Dr. Larry Taylor, Associate Professor of Music at Bridgewater College, for the 2018 Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. The songs were explicitly written for Spafford, then a colleague of Taylor, and premiered by her at the 2018 festival. Spafford and St. Clair also performed Bernstein’s Two Love Songs on Poems by Ranier Maria Rilke and “My New Friends” from The Madwoman of Central Park West (1976), and George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess (1935).
The recital is the duo’s first joint recital ahead of several collaborative performances this spring. Spafford and St. Clair will perform at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University Feb. 28 and will perform at the Music by Women Festival March 7-9 at Mississippi University for Women.
Dr. Jessica Spafford joined the Judson faculty in 2018 as Assistant Professor of Music. She holds a doctorate in music performance, pedagogy, and literature from James Madison University, a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. Spafford has performed numerous leading roles in her career, such as Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, and Cunegonde in Candide.
Dr. Cindy St. Clair joined the Judson Music Department in 2015 and serves the College as Assistant Professor of Music, Head of the Department of Music, and Director of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). St. Clair holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Alabama. She also holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Samford University. She has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist and collaborator. In August 2014, she was invited to participate in the 39th Annual Classical Music Festival held in Eisenstadt, Austria where she participated in master classes at the Haydn Conservatory and appeared on the Gala Recital at the Esterházy Palace. She has been a featured soloist with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alabama Symphonic Band, and the Samford University Orchestra. She served as a church pianist for over 34 years.
For more information about the recital or upcoming performances, contact Dr. Jessica Spafford at 334.683.5242.