Winter Music Showcase 2017
MMC is very excited to offer an opportunity like the Winter Music Showcase.
The showcase gives MMC students the chance to experience the audition process along with learning to work with a live band and perform as a soloist in front of a large audience. Soloists are also interviewed by the local press and filmed for our YouTube channel.
Soloists are selected through an audition process that is in front of a panel of guest judges.
Last year we were very excited to have Brittany Benningfield, Britani Shoemaker and Brock Terry as our special guest judges.
This year we are excited to announce that our judges are Shareese Arnold, Zach Grider, Jo Jo & Leah Stephens.
Lyndsey Pennington at the2015 Winter Showcase
The 2017 Winter Music Showcase Judges
Shareese Arnold is an Alabama native. No stranger to the stage, Arnold has been privileged to sing some exciting and beautiful works, including the title roles of Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly, as well as Senta in Der Fliegende Hollander, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Agathe in Der Freischütz, and Bess and Serena in Porgy and Bess.
In addition to the operatic stage, Mrs. Arnold is an avid performer of sacred works and song recitals. She was a featured soloist in Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem, while at Indiana University. Her performance was well received: “[Arnold’s] soprano supplied rhapsodic splendor for the inspired music Brahms gave to passages from the Gospel of John...’” Mrs. Arnold has had the honor of performing art song with music societies such as Cincinnati Song Initiative, Music for all Seasons, and the Wagner Society of Cincinnati. Recently, Shareese premiered an arrangement of Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder for piano and string quartet by pianist and composer John Greer. Past concert repertoire includes The Poet's Echo by Britten, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, Sieben Frühe Lieder by Berg and the songs of Brahms and Rachmaninov. Arnold is also the recent recipient of the Ursula Springer Endowment Award from the Wagner Society of New York.
Arnold is currently working to complete her DMA where her research interest lies in Disability Studies in Vocal Music, specifically mental illness. She has presented her research at the Kentucky Foreign Languages and Cultures Conference.
Zach Grider has been on the stage since the age of five. He has been involved with the local theater for over 20 years weather it be acting, directing or choreographing. Zach graduated from the the University of Louisville in 2013 with a Business Marketing degree. While Zach attended UofL he was a member of the 15 time national champion spirit squad. He was the cardinal bird mascot for five years, getting to witness the Sugar Bowl championship and the 2013 basketball NCAA Championship win. He is now co-owner of the Dance Shoppe and Cheer Academy in Russell Springs, KY. He is head coach of the Dynamos All Stars and teaches gymnastic classes at the Cheer Academy. In his very rare spare time, Zach enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Kites is an indie-folk duo best-known for their songs "Home", "Hey You", & "Kentucky". While they're based out of Corbin, Ky - you can find Jo Jo & Leah Stephens leaving their mark all across the Eastern US. They've found themselves in Nashville residency, the frigid air of Cleveland, Ohio, all the way to playing in the beautiful mountains of the Carolinas. After their strong start in 2013, the following year brought two Kites EPs that went on to hit #21 and #40 on the iTunes Worldwide Charts, primarily from their faithful following in The Bluegrass State alone. Over the last three years, the two have opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Béla Fleck, Ben Sollee, The Secret Sisters, David Mayfield Parade, and Jason Michael Carroll - to name a few. In 2016, their single "Kentucky" was released to rave reviews. The nostalgic love song to their home state was quickly shared on Facebook over 1,300 times to over 75,000 views in a weekend. The husband and wife are recognized foremost for their live show - featuring rich harmony, raw energy, and a pleasant juxtaposition of joyful lyrics accompanied often by dark musical undertones.