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Marilyn Horne
Luciano Pavarotti (d)
Leontyne Price
Shirley Verrett (d)

Honorary
Chairperson,
Founder
Student Advisor

Tessa L. Martin (d)

President

Edward McFarland

Treasurer
Molly McDermott

Board of Directors
Rachel DeGuzman
Hon. Sandra Frankel
Thomas Green
J.P. Gleason
Todd Gustafson
Jonathan Ntheketha
Josephine M Perini
Robert Small
           Gerry Szymanski                      
EricTownell              MacClurg Vivian


Advisory
Board

Joe Anderson

Katherin Cobbett

Rodney Hargrave

Mary Lou Mees

Michael Warfield

Thomas F. Warfield

 

 

Alicia Rosser, soprano

Soprano Alicia Rosser is currently a rising junior at the Eastman School of Music.  Maryland-born she is the second of four children, none of which are musicians and all of which are males.

Alicia has always held an appreciation and love for the performing arts. The beginning of her musical exposure can be traced back to early ballet classes, where she heard classical music for the first time.  

 

 

Alicia merely participated in school choirs until middle school, when classical music “curtsied and said ‘How do you do?’” Under the wing of a very encouraging choral director, she began to sing solos and folk songs and briefly studied piano. She enjoyed it immensely, soon joining the county choral ensembles.

When it was time to advance to high school, her beloved teacher insisted that she attend the public, performing arts high school.  The school was in a dangerous and urban community and many people did not support her decision or understand her reasons for going.  According to Alicia “the school was not exactly rewarding except in that it exposed me to the world of classical music.”  

In high school Alicia loved the summers because of her time at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and Washington National Opera Institute. “I fell in love with singing and opera at Tanglewood. I can literally recall the rehearsal in which I decided I was going to try and have a singing career.”

Although Alicia has a mild reading disability, she has always been a very studious person. She applied to a total of eleven colleges and conservatories and Eastman was “instinctively” the place to go. 

“Eastman embodies all that I love about music and people.  I have grown so much in my short time here.”  Alicia is a proud recipient of the William Warfield Scholarship and studies voice with Robert McIver.