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McNally Smith College of Music’s Free Venue Night Series presented “Sing Out!” at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul

More than 200 voices raised the roof of the classic Fitzgerald Theater in St.  Paul, on December 14 when McNally Smith College of Music presented “Sing Out!”

Four different choirs created a night of diverse choral music from around the world as part of the music college’s ongoing Venue Night Series.

Vocal department head Judi Donaghy called Sing Out! “a wonderful opportunity to hear McNally Smith’s students and faculty in songs that cross the globe. Gomampe, the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, the MSC Singers and Sonic represent the finest vocal talents from the school and they are bound to please regardless what your musical tastes are.”

McNally Smith College of Music’s Venue Nights Series is a chance for our great student ensembles to share their talent with their fellow students, friends, families and the rest of the community,” notes Chris Osgood, Vice President of Organizational Development and External Affairs. “Historically, they are fun and eclectic, and we are grateful for the partnerships we’ve formed with area music venues. It’s a chance for our students to shine in the “real world” and they rise to the occasion, especially with the direction and profound experience of our Voice Department Head.”

Donaghy has worked in opera, musical theater, jazz, folk, country, gospel, pop, and R&B. She currently works with Voicestra (Bobby McFerrin), Urbanstride, the Girls, the Wolverine’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, JazzMN Big Band, and Judi, Cliff ‘n’ Daves. She has also worked with Yo Yo Ma, Carole King, Janis Siegel, Rhiannon, Garrison Keillor, Marilyn McCoo, the Plymouth Ensemble, Metro Jam, Northrop Opera, Mixed Blood Theater, Cricket Theater, and Moore by Four.

Her other credits include award-winning singer/songwriter (JAZZIZ Magazine), on-air talent, jingle singer/writer/producer, and vocal jazz clinician. She has sung on more than 30 CDs to date, two of which are her own productions: “Sink or Swing”, and “Ballads and Bossas.”  She has given vocal master classes and clinics with Bobby McFerrin at the Omega Institute and the Stimmen Voice Festival in Basel, Switzerland.  Donaghy recently completed her fourth  European tour with Voicestra.

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