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Westminster CoOPERAtive Series of Free Performances Begins on July 1

The Westminster CoOPERAtive Program, Westminster Choir College's three-week intensive opera training program opens on July 1at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.  The public is invited to attend an array of free recitals, concerts and master classes featuring talented singers and accompanists from around the world who are taking the next step in their operatic careers.

The public events include operatic aria concerts, featuring participants performing arias from familiar and not-so-well-known operas on Wednesday, July 4, Friday, July 6, Wednesday, July 11, Friday, July 13, Wednesday, July 18 and Friday, July 20. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College in Princeton.


Students will also present intimate art song recitals on Saturday, July 7, which will focus on American Art Song; Saturday, July 14, which will focus on French mélodie; and on Thursday, July 19, an evening of German lieder.  All recitals will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel.


The CoOPERAtive Program brings to Princeton some of the most influential people in the operatic field today to serve on its faculty and hold master classes.  Program participants will perform in master classes with Susan Ashbaker, master coach and artistic advisor to the CoOPERAtive Program on Sunday, July 1, Joan Dornemann, Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor, on Monday, July 9; and CoOPERAtive program director, Laura Brooks Rice on Monday, July 16.  All master classes begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse and are free and open to the public. 

CoOPERAtive alumni Scott Purcell, baritone, and Brent Funderburk, piano, present a recital on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Bristol Chapel. 


Westminster Choir College of Rider University is located at 101 Walnut Lane in Princeton, N.J. For more information about CoOPERAtive performances, visit


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