The Second Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala

The Second Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala
Saturday, September 24, concert 5 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

UMBC is delighted to announce world-renowned soprano soloist Janice Chandler-Eteme as the guest artist for the Second Annual David W. Smith Memorial Gala to benefit vocal arts at UMBC.

David Smith was passionate about teaching at UMBC and touched so many lives in his short time here. The Gala celebrates David’s life as an artist and his commitment to the vocal students at UMBC, and proceeds will support an annual scholarship for a young vocalist pursuing their education at UMBC in his name. Information about the scholarship can be found at This year’s Gala features our first recipients of the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts, Dana Pirzchalski and Norman Crone!

The first half of the program will feature alumni artists Helen Huse Ralston ’82, Ray Aparentado (Camerata Alum), and Ric Ryder ’84. The audience will be introduced to the winner of the first David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts and enjoy a spectacular performance by the current Camerata joined by alumni from 1976 to the present under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gordon, who directed the Camerata from 1976 to 1995.

Ms. Chandler-Eteme will perform the second half of the program — her biography follows event ticketing information below.

A reception will follow the concert.

David SmithDavid W. Smith was a passionate musician and an inspiring and dedicated educator who passed away in 2009. His world-class dramatic tenor voice could soar or whisper in a multitude of colors and emotions. From Sondheim to Wagner, Dave embodied each song; he communicated with rare talent, expert musicianship and emotional honesty. As an educator, Dave gave to everyone who sang with him a joyful experience, whether in the rehearsal hall, studio, or theater. He listened for the inner voice of every student and helped to set it free. He passionately shaped the voice and shaped the soul of the singer. He listened for the soul of a piece of music and with fine musicianship and extraordinary love drew a passionate performance from a choir or a cast.

$100 Gold ticket: Join us for a pre-concert wine tasting at 4:15 pm presented by Black Ankle Winery with a special performance of the scholarship winner and a brief appearance by Janice Chandler-Eteme, concert, and post concert reception. (FMV $32)
$50 Silver ticket: This includes the concert and a post-concert reception (FMV $22)

Tickets are available here through UMBC’s alumni portal here, and sales will close at midnight on September 22. (Some tickets might still be available after September 22 through the music office or at the door. Please contact the Music Office after September 22 at 410-455-2942.)  All tickets purchased after September 17 will be held at will call for pick up the day of the event.

Funds raised will be administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC Music. Proceeds from the event will benefit the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts. Your contribution above the Fair Market Value (FMV) may be tax deductible.

Guest Artist: Janice Chandler-Eteme
American soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme’s astonishing range of concert literature includes Strauss’ Four Last Songs (Reading, Baltimore, Syracuse, Harrisburg and Utah Symphonies; Florida Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic; Grand Teton and Texas Music Festivals); the Verdi Requiem (Binghamton Philharmonic, Chautauqua Music Festival; Philip Glass’ Passion of Ramakrishna (Pacific Symphony); Mahler’s Second Symphony (San Diego, Baltimore, Nashville, Cincinnati, Colorado and Pacific Symphonies; Rome’s Santa Cecilia Orchestra); Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphonies); Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang” Symphony (San Diego Symphony),  Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks (Detroit Symphony) and Can You Hear God Crying? (Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia); the Brahms Requiem (San Diego, Baltimore, Colorado Symphonies); Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, American and Montreal Symphonies); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey and Houston Symphonies), Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Festival Miami, Baltimore Symphony), Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (Dallas and Santa Rosa Symphonies) and Britten’s War Requiem (Lincoln and Santa Rosa Symphonies and Evansville Philharmonic). She remains among the most in-demand sopranos for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, in staged performances of the complete work at the Opera de Lyon and Dallas Opera, the Bennett concert version under Jeffrey Tyzik with the Milwaukee, Seattle, Detroit and Vancouver Symphonies, Florida Orchestra and at the Vail Music Festival, and in Andrew Litton’s version with the composer conducting the Colorado Symphony. Other forays into operatic literature have included a first-ever Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the National Philharmonic.

Ms. Chandler-Eteme first came to international prominence as a favorite of Robert Shaw and has in the years since collaborated with many renowned and respected conductors, among them Marin Alsop, James Conlon, Andreas Delfs, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Claus Peter Flor, Hans Graf, Jeffrey Kahane, Carlos Kalmar, Raymond Leppard, Jahja Ling, Andrew Litton, Keith Lockhart, David Lockington, Stuart Malina, Peter Oundjian, Christof Perick, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stefan Sanderling, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Edo de Waart and Hugh Wolff. She has been guest soloist with the Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; Boston, NHK (Japan), Phoenix and Kansas City Symphonies; Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Rochester Philharmonics; and Philadelphia Orchestra. Festival invitations include Bard, Grant Park, Aspen, Prague Autumn and Blossom. Ms. Chandler-Eteme’s recordings include an inspirational solo disc (Devotions), and the Dvořák Te Deum with Zdeněk Mácal and the New Jersey Symphony.  She holds degrees from Oakwood College and Indiana University and has studied with Virginia Zeani, Margaret Harshaw, Ginger Beazley and Todd Duncan.

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