POCATELLO — The 28th annual “Messiah” Sing-In is scheduled to be performed Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. It is free but donations of canned food are welcome.
Following are the soloists who will perform for this community musical event. Stephanie Ripley
A vocal major student at ISU. From her younger years, she has been actively engaged in music in many ways. She has participated all her life in musical productions and choirs, with vocal lead roles in “Les Miserables,” “Lamb of God” and Handel’s “Messiah.” She has sung and recorded on two CD’s, most recently “Into the Woods” with the ISU College of Arts and Letters.
Shaun Stubblefield is in his second year at Idaho State University studying classical voice under Professor Kathleen Lane and secondary piano lessons under Dr. Bond. He is a member of the ISU Concert Choir and the Chamber Choir. He has been involved in many musicals and musical events in the Pocatello area including the professional production of “Hairspray” with the ISU Summer Repertory and most recently “Into the Woods” with the ISU College of Arts and Letters.
Jerrica Matthews was born and raised in a small farming community in the very Southeast corner of Idaho. As a freshman in high school, she attended a choral festival at Idaho State University, where she met Dr. Diana Livingston-Friedley and started then to study under her direction throughout high school. Now enrolled at ISU, she continues her vocal music study. She has attended ISU’s Summer Youth Opera Camp and has had many musical opportunities in which she has performed.
Melanie Reynolds has a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Idaho State University. She has been involved in community theater for many years, appearing in both lead and supporting roles. Melanie was one of the original instructors at The Gateway Foundation for Theater and Dance. She is a member of the Camerata Singers, where she has been a soloist and toured with them to Scandinavia in 2008. Melanie has taught voice lessons for more than 25 years, and operates a voice studio out of her home. Mrs. Reynolds has been a soloist for the local “Messiah” Sing-in for many years.
Emma Doupé is a current senior in the ISU Music Department. She is an active member in the ISU Concert and Chamber Choirs. In spring 2012, she joined the ISU Chamber Choir on an International Choral Tour to Italy and Austria, where she, along with the choir, were able to sing Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, and also performed in many other beautiful venues.
Lakota Terrace, bass, is studying at Idaho State University pursuing an honors bachelor of music in vocal performance with minors in theater and dance. Recent stage appearances include Tom Collins in Old Town Actor Studio’s production of Jonathan Larson’s “RENT!” and as the Baker in Theatre ISU’s production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He is a member of the ISU Concert and Chamber Choirs.
Debra Larkin, soprano, earned her bachelor’s of music degree in vocal performance from ISU. She has performed many leading roles in opera, operetta and musical theater; has appeared as soloist with various choirs, orchestras, and bands; has sung four solo recitals; and has received a number of awards, singing both classical and jazz. Debra has taught voice, both privately, and formerly as an ISU adjunct faculty member, and she currently accompanies ISU vocal students and enjoys singing in the Camerata Choir.
John Punt is currently studying for a voice performance degree at Idaho State University. He has performed with the ISU choirs as a member and a soloist both in Pocatello and overseas. He played a prince in ISU's recent production of "Into the Woods," and is both a Danny Marona Performing Arts Scholar and a KFC Colonel's Scholar, as well as a recipient of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Scholarship.
Toukine studied voice and percussion at Utah State University. She is now completing her music education degree goal at ISU. Toukine has participated in many fine instrumental and choral ensembles through the years in Jackson, Wyo., Utah and now ISU's Concert and Chamber choirs. Toukine teaches music in 11 elementary schools in the Pocatello district's after-school program. She is the new conductor for the Idaho Gateway Chorus, a men's barbershop chorus.
Joe is a graduate of the music program at Idaho State University, where he participated in choirs, Opera ISU, Civic Symphony and bands. As a singer, he has been a soloist for various recitals and fundraisers as well as participating in a number of international choir tours. As a teacher, he has worked in the After-School Strings program and taught private lessons for voice and violin. Joe is also a composer and arranger.