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Seventh Annual Vocal Residency and Concert This Week

Mezzo-soprano Augusta Caso ’05 returned to McDonogh on Tuesday, March 5 for the Seventh Annual Vocal Residency. Having recently performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Center for Contemporary Opera, and the Los Angeles Opera, Caso will spend several days working Upper School students before a concert finale.

The residency, a four-day immersion program led by a prominent figure in classical vocal music, attracts members of McDonogh’s Concert Choir as well as those in the acapella groups Women of Note and Gentleman Songsters. Back by popular demand, Caso, who taught at the 2018 residency, believes that students can easily relate to her because of their shared McDonogh experience. While she coaches each master class participant individually, students also learn by watching her work with other performers. At the end of the residency, students are given the option to perform in the concert. Last year, a record number of students took to the stage.

“I was blown away by the concert,” says Caso, noting how quickly the students applied her suggestions to their performance. “I hope that some of what we did together allowed them to feel like they could try something new without being judged.”

The Vocal Residency Concert, featuring a solo repertoire by Caso as well as shared pieces with students, will take place on Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Philip Olsen, Director of Vocal Music, at