Friday, March 12, 2010

Clayton State Alumna Tami Petty to Debut at Lincoln Center

Soprano Tami Petty, a 1994 graduate of Clayton State University, will be making her solo debut at New York City’s Lincoln Center on Monday, Mar. 22.

Petty, who graduated from the then-Clayton State College with a B.M. in Music Performance, will be performing with Voices of Ascension in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennell at 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall’s Starr Theatre, 65th Street and Broadway in New York.

Petty is the recipient of The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization’s inaugural Emerging Artist Award. The Sorel Charitable Organization, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to create opportunities for women in music, is sponsoring Petty’s performance at Lincoln Center.

Sorel’s Emerging Artist Award is designed to give gifted women professional exposure in the world’s major concert halls. The Organization will arrange annual appearances of the Emerging Artist with varying ensembles and artists, as well as cover the artist’s fee for each performance. The Sorel Organization’s Executive Director Judy Cope is overjoyed to launch this new program, and to honor Tami Petty as its first beneficiary.

“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award,” says Cope. “Many young singers feel pressured to perform strenuous repertoire before their voices are ready. Ms. Petty has taken a difficult road by allowing her voice the necessary time to develop, and we are honored to be in a position to reward her sustained patience and dedication with performance opportunities that finally let her shine.”

For more information on Petty, go to her website;

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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