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Music: Deborah Thurlow

Deborah ThurlowSoprano Deborah Thurlow teaches applied voice and related vocal courses for Washington Adventist University. She is the Director of the Performance Workshop for WAU, where she has produced/directed/conducted twenty shows, including The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneas, Into the Woods, The Mikado, Godspell, Pirates of Penzance, and Fiddler on the Roof. She has assisted the university president with multi-media reports to the greater SDA church constituency, as well as producing the university’s 100th Anniversary celebration during the 2004-2005 school year in conjunction with the Alumni Association.

Ms. Thurlow has appeared with organizations such as The Light Opera Company of Southern Maryland, Interact Theatre Company, The Forgotten Opera Company, The Washington Savoyards, Eldbrooke Players, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Friday Morning Music Club Chorale and Orchestra, the Mclean Choral Society, Columbia Collegiate Chorale and the New England Youth Ensemble.

Her opera roles include Hannah (The Merry Widow), Marietta (Naughty Marietta), Dorine (Tartuffe), Saphir (Patience), Pamina, First Lady and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Kate and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Pitti-Sing (Mikado), Pertelote (Chanticleer), Pauline (The Toy Shop), Wife (The Wise Women), and Destino (La Calisto).

Her oratorio soprano roles include Messiah (Handel), Magnificat (Rutter), Mass in G and Mass in A Flat (Schubert), Mass in B Minor and St. John Passion (Bach), Israel in Egypt and Alexander’s Feast (Handel), A German Requiem (Brahms), Hodie (Vaughan Williams), Mozart, Requiem and Coronation Mass, The Creation, Harmoniemesse and Theresienmesse (Haydn).

An active recitalist, Ms. Thurlow has performed at the Anderson House, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), Strathmore Hall, the Chevy Chase Women’s Club, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Dumbarton House, Baltimore’s Bau House, Hood College, Old Town Hall of Fairfax, the Charles Sumner Museum, and as part of the Music of Mapleview Chamber Festival. She has premiered works by composers Ron Warren, Winifred Hyson, Alan Newhouse and Elaine Erickson.

Ms. Thurlow is co-owner of The Musical Source, Inc., Washington, DC’s largest sheet music retailer, and is soprano soloist for Sixth Church Christ Scientist, DC. She holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory, as well as Washington Adventist University, and is currently a DMA student studying with Martha Randall.


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