Plymouth, N.H.—As a student in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University, baritone Danny Brevik has studied and performed in a prestigious festival in Salzburg, Austria. He has also toured in Italy, Vietnam and the American Southwest with the PSU Chamber Singers, and performed on campus in department productions and with a popular student a cappella group, Vocal Order.
Brevik studies voice with Professor Kathleen Arecchi at PSU. “I’m so lucky I heard about Plymouth State,” he says.
Between semesters this winter Brevik won awards in two important competitions. He traveled to Savannah, Ga. to participate in the American Traditions Competitions for Singers (ATC), a weeklong professional event that draws contestants from across the country to be judged by a world-class panel. Brevik was the youngest of the 35 contestants and the only undergraduate selected for the competition.
ATC celebrates the richness and heritage of American music, from classical to jazz, blues, gospel, spiritual, Broadway, cabaret and more. Participants compete against a standard of excellence that is defined by technical accuracy, understanding of the music performed, originality and inventiveness, stage presence and ability to connect with the audience.
Brevik was selected for the Peoples Choice Award at ATC. He was also one of five singers chosen to perform in a master class given by famous American opera baritone Sherrill Milnes, who was a judge for the competition.
Later in January, Brevik won first place in his age division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Boston Chapter Art Song and Aria Festival at Boston University. He also received the Oratorio Aria Award for the strongest performance of an oratorio aria in any division of the competition finals.
His success in those competitions generated invitations for graduate school auditions at schools including the New England Conservatory and the Westminster Choir College. Next year he’ll be studying at New England Conservatory in Boston, scholarship in hand.
Brevik is a big man with a big voice who can impress an audience with his sound and his stature. But he wants much more than that. He will share his gift for song in his senior recital May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. Brevik’s recital program will demonstrate his mastery of a variety of vocal styles, including an aria from Handel’s “Messiah,” a Mozart aria, German Lieder, French Mélodie and some musical theatre selections.
“I love this community. People stop me on the street and say, ‘I saw you in such and such.… I don’t want to just sing, I want people to hear the wonderful stories and the passion in these great songs,” Brevik says.
Free tickets for Brevik’s recital are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
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