Jan. 17, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids Community College’s Music Department will host award-winning soprano Antonina Chehovska, a 2010 alumna, in a Feb. 4 recital that is open to the public.
Chehovska majored in voice and piano while at GRCC and then transferred to the University of Michigan, earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in opera performance and orchestral conducting.
She made her professional debut in 2013, singing Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Her New York City debut was during the 2015-2016 season of Opera America’s National Opera Center. Her performances have included Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and Bernstein’s “Songfest.” The New York Times declared that her performance in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” made her “an audience favorite.”
Her awards include semifinalist in the 2019 James Toland Vocal Arts competition, winner of the 2016 George London Foundation Competition, first prize from the Gerda Lissner Foundation in 2016, and the Frances MacEachron Award from the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition. In 2018, she joined the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute as an Artist Fellow.
“Antonina Chehovska is a phenomenal musician with a unique combination of superior musicianship and stunning vocal technique,” said professor Kevin J. Dobreff, program director of GRCC’s Music Department. “She is committed to presenting not only a beautiful vocal performance but also a theatrical interpretation that has the power to leave her audience breathless. We are so honored to have the opportunity to present this world-class talent in our recital hall!”
Chehovska also plans to conduct a vocal master class with GRCC voice students.
Chehovska’s performance starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall of GRCC’s Albert P. Smith Music Center, 142 Ransom Ave. NE. Dr. Kenneth Box, collaborative pianist, and violinist and violist Libor Ondras, GRCC’s director of orchestras, will perform with her. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.