Please join us for a faculty voice recital featuring UIS faculty vocalist Aubrey Hawkinson. The program explores themes of friendship, love, lust, and loss, and includes works by Gounod, Handel, Mozart, Sondheim, Massenet, Schumann. This is part of the UIS Music Faculty Recital Series. The concert is free and open to the public. "Join us!"
Praised for her polished, graceful stage presence “with a lush sound… [and] a delicate sensibility” (Singerpreneur magazine), mezzo soprano Aubrey Hawkinson recently relocated to Decatur, IL from Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in Mesa, AZ, where she went on to get her undergraduate degree in Flagstaff. Her Kimmel Center debut was as a Westminster Symphonic Choir soloist in Nico Muhly’s Bright Mass with Cannons orchestral premier performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to co-founding and producing Hawkmore Lyric Opera Company’s inaugural staged production I Capuleti e i Montecchi, she also starred as the leading role of Romeo in March, 2018. Performances in the LA area included an exclusive grand opening of the Pacific Visions Theater with Long Beach Opera, chorus work in Pacific Opera Project’s Carmen that was featured on PBS’s “Live at the Ford” broadcast, and LA Opera’s Hubble Cantata concert. Previous roles include Charlotte (Werther), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Romeo (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), Marta (Iolanta), First Lady (Die Zauberflӧte), Polly (The Threepenny Opera), Mrs. Anderson (A Little Night Music) and two seasons with the Dickens Carolers of Disneyland. Mrs. Hawkinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Music Degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Mrs. Hawkinson is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Millikin University and has upcoming performances throughout the region as a concert soloist and in musical theater.