During the July 20 meeting of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club, members enjoyed performances from music scholars with the Chautauqua Music Festival. Visiting with the club were Philip Stoddard, Benedicte Jourdois, and Caroline Dunigan, all of whom were recipients of scholarships provided to Chautauqua by the Club.
Stoddard, who was unable to perform during Monday's meeting due to a head cold, thanked the Club for its generosity and support of music scholars. A native of Phoeniz, Ariz., Stoddard is a second-year student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Drama Division of The Juilliard School in New York City. In 2013, he graduated from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts with a Bachelor of Music, making him the first student in Juilliard history to attend two different divisions. Stoddard, a baritone, studies voice with Marlena Malas and has attended the voice program at Chautauqua for three seasons. Stoddard is a four-year member of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, serves on the Student Council as its Drama Division Representative, and is an Alumni Relations Student Ambassador.
Miss Dunigan, 23, studies voice with Marlena Malas. Most recnetly, she graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with her Bachelor's degree in vocal performance. She has performed operatic roles in the past with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center and with the Manhattan School of Music Senior Opera Theater. Miss Dunigan will begin her graduate studies at the Bard College Conservatory this fall under the tutelage of soprano Dawn Upshaw and Lorraine Nubar.
Accompanying Miss Dunigan on the piano was Ms. Jourdois, a vocal coach and French diction teacher based in New York City. She teaches and coaches at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, the Manhattan School of Music, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Washington National Opera.
Photos: At top, Miss Dunigan and Ms. Jourdois perform before the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club. Below are, from left, Mr. Stoddard, Ms. Jourdois, Miss Dunigan, and Rotarian Sue Jones, who introduced the group.