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Former vocal student joins ‘dean of American accompanists’ in GRCC recital

Sept. 23, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s Alumni Voice Recital brings home a former student who has traveled to Italy and China.

Brysien Beer, who studied vocal music at GRCC from 2008 to 2011, will be the featured performer at the Sept. 28 recital. He will be accompanied by John Wustman, a Byron Center native who has been called the “dean of American accompanists.” The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in GRCC’s Music Center recital hall, 142 Ransom Ave. NE. Admission is $5.

“Our alumni are the best ambassadors we have for the GRCC Music Department,” said professor Kevin Dobreff, head of the department. “Featuring Brysien Beer in recital with John Wustman is a great joy. These recitals expose students to real career paths that they can take.”

Beer is scheduled to complete his undergraduate degree in vocal performance at Michigan State University in 2015. He was a finalist in this year’s African-American Emerging Artist Competition and recently finished an intensive Italian language and opera prep course in Podi, Italy, and master classes in China. He has performed in “Rigoletto” and “Porgy and Bess” with Opera Grand Rapids.

John Wustman studied music at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1968, began its accompanying and vocal coaching program in 1973 and is now a professor emeritus. He has accompanied the likes of Irina Arkhipova, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Luciano Pavarotti.

If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.