Univeristy of Houston French Mélodie Singers

Sunday June 26, 2022 @ 15h00

Students of University of Houston- French Mélodie and Operetta directed by Dr. Dominique McCormick (former assistant music director of the American Cathedral in Paris) ( program details )

Dominique McCormick is a lyric soprano known for “superlative vocals complimented with wonderful expressiveness and impeccable comictiming” (Houstonia 2018). Teaching and performing have always gone hand in hand along Dominique’s musical career. Dr. McCormick has performed in the United States and in urope. Roles in opera and operetta include Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart; Iphis in Jephtha by Handel; The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury by Sullivan; Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti; Gretel in Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck; Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti; Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart; Sola Myrrhis, in Coup de Roulis by Messager; Lady Marian in Robin Hood by De Koven; Hanna Glavari inThe Merry Widow by Lehar; Lisa in The Land of Smiles by Lehar; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchiby Puccini; Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Elsie Maynard in Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and  ullivan for the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Equally, she has performed as a recitalist and soloist with Ars Lyrica in Houston; Opera America in New York City;  usic in Midtown Concert Series in Elebash Hall in New York City. Some of her favorite concert works include: The Creation by Haydn; Gloria by Poulenc with  Choeur Regional Vittoria d’Île de France under the direction of Michel Piquemal; Recitalist for Les Musicales de Normandie; Dixit Dominus by Handel with  ’Ensemble Vocal La Chappelle du Hainaut; Festival Soloist for Les Nuits de Cheronne; Requiem by Mozart with l’Orchestre Nationale des Pays de la Loire, directed  y John Axelrod; Requiem by Brahms with Ensemble Laudate Dominum Fontainebleau France; Mass in b minor by Bach directed by Jean Jacques  revost; Mass in C by Beethoven; Psalm 42 by Mendelssohn; Gloria by Vivaldi; Requiem by Faure; Magnificats by Bach and Vivaldi; The Messiah by Handel; Missa Solemnis by Beethoven; The Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn; Exultate Jubilate by Mozart; Grand Mass in c minor by Mozart. In the area of competitions,  Dominique has been the recipient of the First prize for women in the Concours International d’Opérettes of Marseille 2010 and Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Awards in Louisiana 2005. Dominique is the Co Founder and Artistic Director for Century Fine Arts, ( a music and fine arts  chool in Sugar Land TX and adjunct Professor in Voice at University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Her experience as a vocal performer, teacher, pianist and conductor has provided the skills to create a curriculum that is comprehensive and creative for the community of Fort Bend County. She obtained her Bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music, followed by a Masters of Music in voice from CUNY Queens College Aaron Copland School of  Music. After obtaining her Masters, she furthered her studies in France where she received a post Masters diploma in Musical Analysis and a Performer’s  Certificate in voice from the Conservatoire National de Région Boulogne-Billancourt. She recently defended her dissertation on Martial Caillebotte’s Mélodies and 
Scènes Lyriques: Analytical Essays and Performance Guide, in completion of her Doctorate in Voice from the CUNY Graduate Cente


An Afternoon of French Song

Moores School of Music Voice and Piano Students
University of Houston, Texas
United States of America

Duo des Fleurs – l’opéra Lakmé- Léo Delibes
Abigail Gerstle, soprane / Aubrey Seulean, mezzo-soprane
Pianiste, Brian Suits


Il vole- III Fiançailles pour rire – Francis Poulenc
Angie Tovar, soprane
Pianiste, Brian Suits

Chanson d’Avril- George Bizet
Kendall Banasiak, mezzo-soprane
Pianiste, Brian Suits

Madrigal- Cécile Chaminade 
Aubrey Seulean, mezzo-soprane
Pianiste, Brian Suits

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques- Maurice Ravel

                Chanson de la mariée – Julia Rose Arduino, soprane
                 Là-bas, vers l’église- Julia Rose Arduino, soprane
                 Quel galant m’est comparable- Kendall Banasiak, mezzo-soprane
                 Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques- Ariadne Lopez, soprane
                 Tout gai!- Johanna Gonzalez, mezzo soprane
                  Pianist, Tim Smale

Mélodies Passagères- Samuel Barber 
1-Puisque tout passe- Kendall Banasiak, mezzo-soprane
2- Un Cygne- Chloe Owens, mezzo-soprane
3-Tombeau dans un parc- Ariadne Lopez, soprane
4-Le clocher chante-Julia Rose Arduino, soprane
5-Depart- Bailey Bower, soprane
Pianiste, Brian Suits

Commedia dell’arte
Colombine- Jules Massenet- Johanna Gonzalez, mezzo-soprane 
Pantomime- Quatre chansons de jeunesse-Claude Debussy-Bailey Bower-soprane 
Clair de lune- Quatre chansons de jeunesse-Claude Debussy- Bailey Bower, soprane 
Pierrot-Quatre chansons de jeuness- Claude Debussy-Abigail Gerstle, soprane 
Pianiste, Eduard Gavril

Ah quel dîner! -La Perichole- Jacques Offenbach Chloe Owens, mezzo-soprane 
Je prendrai un, deux, trois, …..-Pomme D’Api- Jacques Offenbach-Angie Tovar, soprane 
Barcarolle- Les Contes d’Hoffmann- Jacques Offenbach-All singers 
Pianistes, Brian Suits and Eduard Gavril

Special thanks:
Professor Asa Junesjo for collaborating and co-creating this project
Conservatoire Frederic Chopin
American Cathedral in Paris
Generosity of the Moores Society at the University of Houston
Learning Abroad at the University of Houston
Benoit Riou
Fady Jeanbart
Erminie Blondel
Keith Weber
Eden Volpe-Rulé


Workshop Musicians/Participants
Julia Rose Arduino, soprane
Kendall Banasiak, mezzo-soprane
Bailey Bower, soprane
Abigail Gerstle, soprane
Johanna Gonzalez, mezzo-soprane
Ariadne Lopez, soprane
Chloe Owens, mezzo-soprane
Aubrey Seulean, mezzo-soprane
Angie Tovar, soprane

Eduard Gavril- pianiste
Tim Smale- pianiste


Dr. Dominique McCormick-créatrice et directrice du programme
Professeur Brian Suits- co-directeur et pianiste du programme