Posted by on October 18, 2018

Classically Sundays at Weymouth is excited to present a new diva on the opera scene!  Though young, Jemeesa Yarborough has been singing classical music for more than a decade. 

Beginning at the Baltimore School for the Arts, she transferred to University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she finished both high school and undergraduate degrees before completing her Master of Music from the renowned Florida State program. Yarborough is the featured vocalist at the November 4th chamber music program at Weymouth Center and is accompanied by David Heid, a staff accompanist, vocal coach and piano teacher at Duke University.

The award-winning Yarborough made her professional debut in the 2011-2012 season with Piedmont Opera in Robert Ward’s The Crucible.  Her European debut quickly followed in the title role of Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Music Academy International in 2014-15. In April, Yarborough was featured as the soprano soloist in Duke University’s presentation of Maler’s 2nd Symphony. The November 4th Weymouth event showcases her remarkable voice performing works by Mozart, Faure, Samuel Barber, Samuel Coleridge Taylor/Margaret Bonds; Florence Price and J. S. Strauss.

No stranger to playing at Weymouth, David Heid is a staff accompanist and teaches piano at Duke University.  With a successful career in New York City as a vocal coach/accompanist, he is also a composer, arranger, and conductor who is in demand as a collaborative artist. Heid shares, “Jemeesa Yarborough is the real deal and is one of the rising stars in opera!”

Certainly, an inspiration to all young voice students, the engaging and smiling Yarborough is the winner of numerous awards including 2010 first place award of the Euterpe Music Club of Greensboro Vocal Scholarship and 2012 Senah C. and C.A. Kent Foundation Scholarship. She also placed in the Omega Psi Phi Music Competition in 2007 and 2008. In March, Yarborough won the Heafner-Williams Vocal Competition.

This special opportunity to experience opera in the intimate comfort and perfect acoustics of the Boyd House Great Room is generously sponsored by John and Catherine Earp and Ray Owen. The 2pm event is followed by a light reception to meet the artists.

Tickets are available at the door and on Ticket Me Sandhills. $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

All 18 and under are free. 

Season tickets and sponsorships are also available.

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