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Notre Dame College Performing Arts programs are partnering with Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, to offer a free voice masterclass.

The one-evening course open to all Cleveland-area students is offered Tuesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel on the third floor of the College’s Administration Building. The appearance is part of the Notre Dame Performing Arts Community Series for 2022-2023. Enter campus at 1857 S. Green Road.

Apollo’s Fire is expected to teach about Baroque singers and how they use their voice as their instrument in performing music from the baroque period. The artists are scheduled to demonstrate basic vocal warm up skills and describe different types of singers, as well as teaching students how to sing high or sing low and to establish expression through their voice.

Activities likely will include matching other singers’ tones and playing with sound. Students also may be introduced to different kinds of singers, including a bass/baritone, who sings very low notes and often plays the antagonist; tenor, who sings higher than bass and often is the hero of a performance; alto, a singer with rich sounds to their voice who sometimes plays the part of a witch; soprano, a light sounding singer usually in the role of a princess; and countertenor, a man who sings falsetto and sometimes alto with a baroque orchestra.

Apollo’s Fire is conducting the class at Notre Dame in between opening program performances for its 2022-2023 series.

The orchestra begins with MONTEVERDI Vespers of 1610 on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m. in First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights and on Sunday, October 9, at 4 p.m. in St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village. The group also presents the program in which the allure of the East and the structure of the West meet in Venice in 1610 to produce splendor in sound, on Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron and on Saturday, October 15, at 8 p.m., again, in First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights.

In the program Jeannette Sorrell, artistic director for Apollo’s Fire, will lead chorus, strings, brass, lutes and soloists in Monteverdi’s masterpiece.

To learn more about Notre Dame’s performing arts programs and community series, visit NotreDameCollege.edu.

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by Sorrell, an award-winning harpsichordist and conductor. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke passions in listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share that love for drama and rhetoric.

Located in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire has received national acclaim for its creative programming. The group has toured throughout Europe and North America and has released multiple albums, four of which have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart.

For details about Apollo’s Fire and its future productions or to purchase tickets, visit the group’s site at ApollosFire.org/2022-2023-season-overview.

October 2022

About Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, committed to teaching students how to make a good living and live a good life. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. For more information, visit NotreDameCollege.edu.