Centenary’s Hurley School of Music hosts residency September 27-30

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Voice Department at Centenary’s Hurley School of Music will welcome accomplished pianist Dr. Annie Brooks Stankovic to the College for a four-day musical residency next week. Stankovic’s visit will include private coaching sessions with students, a lecture, and a recital of art songs and opera arias featuring Centenary students and faculty accompanied by Stankovic.

Stankovic will present a lecture highlighting the ideal conditions needed for efficient learning in the music practice room on Wednesday, September 28, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 201 at the Hurley School of Music. The Hurley School’s Anderson Auditorium will be the setting for the recital concluding Stankovic’s residency on Friday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

“We are excited to have Dr. Stankovic in residency because she brings with her a wealth of knowledge in regard to art song and opera,” said Dr. Janani Sridhar, assistant professor of music at Centenary. “She has played and coached at top-tier programs, and I'm extremely excited to have her working with our students on repertoire that will culminate in a concert.”

Stankovic enjoys a vibrant career as a recitalist, professor, opera coach, and conductor. She has appeared at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Berkshires High Peaks Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Aspen Music Festival, and the Providence Chamber Music Series. Stankovic often joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on orchestral piano and was previously the resident pianist with the Charlotte Symphony Choruses. She has worked as a coach and pianist with Wolf Trap Opera, Stony Brook Opera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Merola Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Philadelphia and Fort Worth Opera.

Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Stankovic received her bachelor of music degree magna cum laude from Western Washington University and earned a master of music and doctorate of musical arts degree from Stony Brook University. She is associate professor of collaborative piano and head coach of the opera program at Wingate University. Stankovic regularly works to bring contemporary opera works into an educational setting, and believes that very young students often flourish under the novel challenges that contemporary or underperformed operas provide. To this end, she worked with her partner, David Brooks, to bring his opera Urban Legend to life on the Wingate stage in 2018. More recently, Wingate University handled the staged world premiere performance of Behold the Man by Paul Fowler and Andrew Flack, which Stankovic also conducted.

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