The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented their final concert of the Orchestra season, “Stars of Tomorrow: Concerto and Aria Competition Winners’ Concert,” on Thursday, April 16.

This event featured the Stars of Tomorrow winners of the Department’s first Concerto and Aria Competition including: Pattrasai Tipyananukul, Janell Stallard, Juan Vargas III, Austin Gabrillo, and Jacquelyn Vaught. The winners received plaques and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra. Dr. Carole Blankenship, Featured Guest Performer and Associate Professor of Music at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty member, Dr. Hope F. Thacker, performed Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, “Standing Mother,” which depicts Mary's point of view of “The Passion of the Christ.”

“The faculty here at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi knows that our students are not only talented, but hard working and have fantastic potential for the future,” said Dr. Hope Thacker, Assistant Professor of Music. “Undergraduate students are seldom afforded the opportunity to perform as a soloist with orchestra because graduate students and professionals win those slots. This event will continue each year, and our goal is to make this concert a true showcase and highlight of our student and faculty performers.”

Blankenship, soprano, is heard regularly in recitals, chamber music concerts, and oratorio performances. She has performed solo recitals in Marktoberdorf, Germany; the Cell Theatre, New York, N.Y.; the University of California, Santa Cruz; the University of the Pacific; the University of Delaware; the University of Texas, San Antonio, and at the Foundling Museum, London. Blankenship currently serves as Vice President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Artist Awards. She is also noted for her performances and research publications in American Art Song.

The orchestra and performers were directed by Conductor Dr. Jose Flores, Associate Professor of Music at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.