|Soprano Lizabeth Malanga|
About Lizabeth Malanga
As an interpreter of classical vocal music, soprano Lizabeth Malanga finds immense joy in discovering lesser-known musical gems and bringing them to life, an exploration that she continued during her time in the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. A student of Lorraine Nubar, Lizabeth enjoys the challenge of infusing music from the Baroque to the contemporary with her unique instrument and multifaceted artistry. During her time at Bard College, Lizabeth appeared as Die erste Dame in director Nic Muni’s adaptation of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She also collaborated with the Bard Baroque Music Ensemble directed by Alexander Bonus, and in Bard Conservatory chamber groups she has performed a wide range of works such as Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae and J.S. Bach’s Wedding Cantata, BWV 202.
Lizabeth began her vocal studies in Southwestern Ontario, Canada at the age of eleven, where she participated in the annual Chatham-Kent Kiwanis Music Festival until she was fifteen. Since then, she has traveled throughout the United States to further her musical development. In Tallahassee, Florida, she earned a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Florida State University in 2011; in Southwestern Ohio she earned her master of music degree in 2014 from Miami University; and now in New York she has enjoyed the mentorship of soprano Dawn Upshaw and collaborative pianist Kayo Iwama. Upon the completion of her studies at Bard in the spring of 2016, Lizabeth has continued to reside in the Hudson Valley and currently works at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts while fostering a connection to the greater community through participation in the choir at the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, New York, and recital events.
About Andrea ShautA prominent musician in the Hudson Valley since graduating from Ithaca College with a Music Performance degree, Andrea Shaut is well known for her collaborative and solo piano work. She has been the piano accompanist for the prestigious since 2010. A few noted performances with this talented choir include the Louisiana Governor’s Inauguration, an NFL sponsored SuperBowl party opening for Blake Shelton & Jon Stewart, performing with Trace Adkins at The Grand Ole Opry, and a recording session at the world famous Skywalker Sound in California. Andrea founded the Hudson Valley Recital Project, a recital series with the mission to strengthen community and education through music, with programs as diverse as Women in Music to An Italian Dinner Show. As a concert pianist, Andrea has performed as soloist with SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble and regularly performs solo recitals throughout the Hudson Valley. In 2014, she released her debut CD, Simple Beauty, a collection of solo piano music dedicated to the memory of her grandmother. Andrea is the keyboardist for the award-winning Kazz Music Orchestra, Hudson Valley’s premier wedding band. She is also the winner of Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award in 2014 & 2015 for her wedding ceremony business, www.hvceremonymusic.com. Other career highlights have been playing organ at a NY Yankee game, traveling abroad (Hungary, Italy, Austria) with the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale, accompanying musicians at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, performing Carmina Burana at Opus 40 with Ars Choralis, playing in Aruba with the Ageless Jazz Band, and collaborating with many professional musicians for concert recitals. Andrea is also on the Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Ulster, where she teaches piano, as well as maintaining her own private studio. Other regular performing groups include The Father/Daughter Duo, The Shaut Three-O, and the Dan Shaut Swing Orchestra. Andrea is happily married to a boy named Joe, and they enjoy raising 3 furry children together – Panzii, Amelia, & Eleanor. Keep up with Andrea at www.andreashaut.com