Arts & Culture

UWF Department of Music presents guest artists Rachel Copeland, soprano and Catherine Garner, piano

The University of West Florida Department of Music will present a recital by special guests Dr. Rachel Copeland, soprano and Dr. Catherine Garner, piano on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82, on the Pensacola campus.

CFPA Music Hall

Copeland is a sought-after artist combining her crystalline voice with compelling and energetic stage presence. During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Copeland was a faculty member of “Musica nelle Marche” in Urbania, Italy. Administratively, Copeland serves as general manager for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and has previously served in the positions of program director and operations manager for Oberlin in Arezzo, Italy. Copeland holds aDoctor of Music degree in vocal performance with a minor in music history from Indiana University; a Master of Music degree in voice performance from Baylor University; and a Bachelor of Music Education degree in choral conducting from Baylor University. In Fall 2018, Copeland began an appointment at Penn State School of Music.

Garner received a DMA in collaborative arts and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music, a MM in vocal accompanying and coaching from Florida State University, and a BM in piano performance at Louisiana State University. Garner has performed as a soloist with the LSU Symphony, Monroe Symphony in Louisiana, Tallahassee Symphony, Tallahassee Ballet and Big Bend Orchestra. She was a staff pianist at the AIMS summer program in Graz, Austria as well as a participant at the Summer Academy in Nice, France with Dalton Baldwin. Garner is also the founder and director of “Music on a WIM (Women’s Initiative Music Series),” a monthly concert series featuring compositions by women, performed in high traffic areas around the University. Along with her busy performing schedule, Garner is currently on the piano faculty at East Carolina University where she is director of the collaborative piano program.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285.