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Scholars 2008 - 2009

Michal Levitas, Music Performance

"Learning the Essence of German Leider and Introducing it to the UMBC Community"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Smith
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2010

I will focus my research on 19th century German art song and poetry. Specifically, I will investigate the history of the 19th century classical period, and the poetry to which the songs are set. The key to my research will be to perform and study as near as possible to the native roots of this art form, in a German speaking community. In the summer of 2008, I will travel to Graz, Austria to study at the American Institute of Musical Studies. This will provide me with extensive contact to prominent German and Austrian singers, coaches and conductors who are embedded in this culture and understand it intimately, I hope to discover a vast sum of knowledge on the topic and present my research to the UMBC community through a workshop for voice forums on campus.