Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120 or 869-5709

Dr. Gale Odom to Present Faculty Recital Jan. 15 in Hurley Recital Hall, Centenary College; Gay Grosz to Accompany

Dr. Gale Odom

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Soprano Gale Odom will give a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 in the Recital Hall of Centenary College's Hurley School of Music. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Odom is a frequent performer in opera and concert throughout the south. A former national finalist in the NATS Artist Award, she has performed over 30 opera roles, including Marie in La Fille du Regiment, Zerbineetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Despina in Cosi fan tutte. Her most recent performances were with Shreveport Opera as Micaela in Carmen and as Norina in Longview Opera's Don Pasquale.

Dr. Odom holds the M.M. degree from Indiana University and the B.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of North Texas. She has taught since 1978 at Centenary College where she is dean of the Hurley School of Music.

She will be accompanied by Mrs. Gay Grosz, instructor of accompanying and chamber music at Centenary. Mrs. Grosz accompanies each year for the Nena Wideman Piano Competition, and is a past finalist of that competition. While a student at Centenary, she studied with Constance Knox Carroll. Mrs. Grosz plays for the Shreveport and Longview opera companies, and is also coach/accompanist for Opera Centenary. She has performed with the Marshall Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, where she is the principal pianist. She also performs with the Baroque Artists of Shreveport and is a member of the Evangeline Trio.

The program will feature French songs by Poulenc and Debussy, Spanish songs by Palomo, and William Walton's Three Songs on Poems by Edith Sitwell. Dr. Odom and Mrs. Grosz performed this program on Jan. 9 as the convention recital for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Pedagogy Workshop in Baton Rouge.

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