Meet the Artists
Gemma Kavanagh brings vocal performances to local venues including Music in the Mountains, San Juan Symphony, Durango Women's Choir, 3rd Ave. Arts, and the Durango Bach Festival. Prior venues include opera stages in Dublin, San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Monterey and Oakland where she has sung lead soprano roles in "Don Giovanni," "Madame Butterfly," "The Magic Flute," "La Boheme," "Die Kluge," "La Traviata," "Tosca," "La Rondine," "Merry Widow," and "Carmen."
Rochelle Mann is a former Featured Scholar at Fort Lewis College, where she served as Music Department Chair as well as Acting Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Holding degrees from Indiana and Arizona State Universities, she is now a Professor Emerita with a record of outstanding service to the music education profession as an author, teacher, and mentor. Dr. Mann has served as Principal Flute of the San Juan Symphony since 1983, and continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the US. In 2012 she was honored as one of Durango's Sweethearts of the Arts.
C. Scott Hagler is executive director of 3rd Ave. Arts (3rdAveArts.org), based in Durango. Hagler oversees the Durango Bach Festival, the Durango Chamber Music Festival, St. Mark's Recital Series, Durango Chamber Music Academy and other music and arts-education events, as well as concert series in the Santa Fe/Albuquerque area (SouthwestArts.org) and in Scottsdale (ArtsAtNativity.org). He is conductor of Coro Santa Fe, has led the choirs and taught voice at Santa Fe Community College, and taught piano and organ at Fort Lewis College and San Juan College. A published arranger and composer, Hagler has written for choirs of children and adults, handbells, instrumental ensembles and solo piano. He has taught at choral and handbell workshops, and serves as a choral clinician. He was seen for two summers as pianist and entertainer at the Diamond Circle Melodrama in Durango. In conjunction with the Melodrama, Hagler released Ragtime!, a solo-piano CD of the music of Scott Joplin. Hagler is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association. In 2014 he was honored as one of Durango's Sweethearts of the Arts.
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