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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
July 1, 2005

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Pre-College Program Collaborates with Local Theater Group To Teach Opera

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music pre-college students will participate in a workshop with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh this Friday, July 1 at 5 p.m. in Alumni Concert Hall in the College of Fine Arts building on Carnegie Mellon's campus. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will introduce students to opera music, stage directing and the students will perform excerpts from the opera, "Wagner's Ring Cycle."

Helen Meade, general manager at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, said, :Doing educational workshops is a primary focus for the theater. We take our education mission very seriously. We are very interested in presenting educational opportunities and always happy to work with programs that do so."

The workshop is an opportunity for students participating in the pre-college program to expand their choices for higher learning and to experience the talent in Pittsburgh.

Stephen Neely, director of the School of Music pre-college program, said, "The Opera Theater collaboration is a tremendous opportunity for the School of Music pre-college students. Our program has brought together a group of some of the most outstanding high school musicians from around the country. The interaction with the Opera Theater artists will give these future professional musicians a glimpse into the life of a performing artist and an introduction to the most monumental work of an entire operatic repertoire."

The School of Music pre-college program offers a unique view of the life of a music student at Carnegie Mellon. It is an opportunity to experience a world-class conservatory program. Coupled with the rich cultural life of the city of Pittsburgh and varied campus activities, the School of Music pre-college program is an extraordinary way for young musicians to spend their summer. The faculty for the precollege program includes professors, conductors, instructors and staff in addition to working professionals from the Pittsburgh area.

For more information about the pre-college program, please visit: or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email at


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