Copley to teach at KWU

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Vocal instructor Rebecca Copley

Rebecca Copley, world-renowned soprano, will join the KWU faculty in the spring 2014 semester as a vocal instructor. Copley, who has performed throughout the world as a leading lady on stage, has triumphed internationally, including appearances in the U.S., South America, Europe, South Africa, and the Far East.

Copley has starred on the operatic stage in several roles including Puccini’s Turandot in Turandot, Verdi’s Abigaille in Nabucco, Lenore in II Trovatore, Verdi’s Aida in Aida, among many others. Her critically acclaimed professional debut came as Desdemona opposite James McCracken in Verdi’s Otello with the New Jersey State Opera. In 2004, Copley was honored by the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs as “Musician of the Year”, and was the recipient of the Gold Award for Achievement from her alma mater, Bethany College.

“Rebecca is a truly an international star in the opera world.   Her career background and experiences are the most impressive.  We are VERY honored that she accepted a position at Kansas Wesleyan University,” said Ken Hakoda, Music Department Chair.

Copley recently taught at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., the University Of Oklahoma School Of Music, and Bethany College. At KWU, she will teach applied voice lessons, voice master class, and diction.

Copley will fill the position that recently opened upon the resignation of Leslie Mangrum.

"We wish the very best to Professor Leslie Mangrum, who will be leaving the University after this semester to focus more on her private studio work, and to free up the time needed to complete her Ph.D.  Leslie has been a valued and loved part of the music faculty at Kansas Wesleyan since 2009,” said Dr. Wayne Lowen, Provost.