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Student Degree Recital - Alexa Sowers, piano

Event Details
  • Location:
    Hatch Recital Hall
  • Date:
    Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Time:
    2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Event Description

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An active collaborative pianist, Alexa Sowers frequently performs with vocalists, instrumentalists, chamber groups and diverse ensembles. She has worked as a studio pianist at Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa, Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp and Illinois State University in addition to working with multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles and opera programs.

While the pianist for Illinois State University's Wind Symphony ensemble, Alexa had the pleasure of performing, touring and recording all contemporary repertoire while working with living composers including William Bolcom. She also performed with the wind symphony and choral ensembles in the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Illinois. Following her interest in contemporary music, she most recently studied and conducted research in Paris at L'Ircam, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).

As a solo pianist, Alexa has won numerous competitions. She has been a featured pianist in the Piano Sundays at Old Capitol concert series in Iowa City and participated in several festivals including the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.

Alexa received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa and her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at Illinois State University. Her instructors and mentors include Russell Miller, Jean Barr, Andrew Harley, Tuyen Tonnu, Ksenia Nosikova, Paul Wirth and Rachel Joselson. Alexa is currently studying vocal coaching with Dr. Russell Miller at Eastman School of Music where she is a DMA candidate in piano accompanying and chamber music. At Eastman School of Music, she has held a graduate assistantship as opera pianist/coach and is currently holding a graduate assistantship as studio pianist. 
Beatrice Kim is a soprano working towards her Master's degree in Vocal Performance at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Robert Swensen. She is the recipient of the Marilyn Horne Performance award, the University of Oklahoma (OU) Opera Guild Undergraduate Scholarship Award, the Laurelwood Endowed Scholarship award, and the Mary L. Finley Memorial Vocal Scholarship. She won top prizes at many vocal competitions including the NATS Oklahoma District competition (1st prize, 3rd year College, 2018), the Naftzger Young Artist Audition (2nd prize, 2018), the MTNA Young Artist competition (2nd prize, 2017), and NATS Texoma District competition (2nd prize, 2017), and won the OU Concerto Competition. As the winner of the competition, she performed with the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra in 2017. As an opera singer, she has been casted for several roles such as the Susanna in Eastman's production of scenes from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (2021); Laura in Polly Pen's Goblin Market (2020); L'Enfant in OU's production of Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges (2018); Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (2017); La Conversa and La Cercatrice in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Ella in Cimarron Opera's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience (2016). Beatrice Kim's forthcoming international performance includes the role of Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival in Prague, the Czech Republic in 2021. 

Soprano Hannah Harrow, a native of Rochester, NY, has been praised for her "brightness, enthusiasm and directness" (Graham Johnson), as well as her "vocal strength" and "radiant expression" (The Lake Placid News). She received her BM ('15) and MM ('18) in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Robert Swensen, and recently began her Doctoral studies in the studio of Kathryn Cowdrick. She grew up taking voice and piano lessons at the Eastman Community Music School, studying with Jane-Gunther McCoy and Alla Kuznetsov.

Hannah's notable roles with the Eastman Opera Theater include the comedic step-sister Noemie in Massenet's Cendrillon, and the gossipy Miss Pinkerton in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. She will make her debut as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Estates Theater in Prague in the summer of 2019. She covered Donna Elvira in EOT's 2019 production of Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelicaand Carmela in Umberto's Mese Mariano. She worked with Jake Heggie and Gene Sheer during EOT's staged song cycle production Into The Fire, and has received the opportunity to coach a variety of repertoire with visiting artists Mira Zakai and Renee Fleming. In 2017, she won second prize in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, adjudicated by renowned collaborative pianist and scholar Graham Johnson. During the summers, Hannah regularly sings a variety of operatic, musical theater and concert repertoire with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and is a featured artist on their 100th Anniversary recording.


When she is not performing, Hannah enjoys teaching her large and enthusiastic studio of voice students at the Eastman Community Music School and working as a Teaching Assistant for the Eastman Voice and Opera Department. In 2018, she won the prestigious Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the Eastman School of Music. She has coached Musical Theater repertoire and scenes at the University of Rochester alongside Kim Kowalke, president of the Kurt Weill Foundation and a founder of the prestigious Lotte Lenya Vocal Competition. Her students have performed in University of Rochester's elite acapella groups, sung lead roles in their high school musicals and local theater companies, attended summer festivals and placed in local competitions. Many of her students are continuing their vocal studies at colleges such as Eastman School of Music, NYU and Ithaca.

Hannah's passion for singing and teaching has also lead her to prisons -- including the infamous Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City, where she designed and directed a week-long music workshop for juvenile male inmates. Recently, Hannah accepted a position as coordinator of Eastman Pathways, a scholarship program serving Rochester City School District students.



Sofia Scattarreggia is a half-Italian half-American lyric soprano from Spain praised for her warm tone and her facility with languages. She is currently pursuing her MM in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, and she received her BM in Voice Performance at the Florida State University. Sofia will be continuing at the Eastman School as a doctoral student and continue her vocal studies under the tutelage of acclaimed soprano Nicole Cabell.

She has been cast in numerous roles, including Eurydice in Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice, the title role in Seymour Barab's Little Red Riding Hood, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (performances cancelled due to COVID-19), and Lady with a Cake Box from Argento's Postcard from Morocco. She is currently studying the role of Fiordiligi for a production of Cosi fan tutte at the Vienna Opera Festival. Sofia is also active in the world of new music, having premiered several award-winning vocal works such as the role of Blanca in Justin Giarusso's A World Apart, and the song cycles While Roses Grow (Strobel) and Where Dreams Come True (Guthrie).

Sofia has received numerous accolades throughout her opera study, including receiving FSU's Hannah J. Beaulieu Award in Opera Development, singing at the finals in the NATS Southeastern Regional competition in 2018, placing in Eastman's Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, and being inducted into the national music honour society Pi Kappa Lambda.

In addition to singing, Sofia also coaches diction, is a fluent pianist, and has a passion for teaching voice. She speaks English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Catalan, and is in the process of learning Russian.

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