Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 10/29/13
Judith Forst smiles and instructs as Rachel Ruisard sings in Peter Hall.

ABOVE: Judith Forst (left), a noted performer from the Metropolitan Opera, shared some of her musical insights with Moravian College vocal students on Oct. 22. One of those students under her direction that afternoon was Rachel Ruisard ’14.


Renowned Mezzo-Soprano Judith Forst Instructs Moravian Students

Most years, Moravian College’s Music Department travels to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Last week, a noted performer from the Met came to campus. On Oct. 22, the day after the opening of the new opera Two Boys in which she is a lead, Judith Forst spent the day with several of the College’s vocal students, working individually with four of them in a masterclass setting in Peter Hall.  

Melissa Walters ’14, Rachel Ruisard ’14, Cody Schuch ’16 and Faith Brown ’16 were all appreciative of the comments and feedback from Forst, according to Hilde Binford, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. “For young singers, working with artists at the level of Ms. Forst is inspiring – if not a bit nerve-racking,” Binford said.

A mezzo-soprano, Forst debuted at the Met in 1968 and has sung in dozens of roles at the Met and around the globe in the years since. She is known around the world for the musical integrity and dramatic intensity of her performances. In fact, in a 1988 COC Magazine article, she was called “one of the few truly world class coloratura mezzo-sopranos on the operatic stage,” with a voice that is “bright, sensuous, seamless through its range, full of secure, shining high notes.” In addition, the British Columbia native was named the Canadian Woman of the Year in 1978 and inducted into the Order of Canada in 1992.

At the conclusion of her Oct. 22 masterclass at Moravian, Forst shared several stories and gave advice to the students about the type of work they will need to complete with their teachers to embark on successful careers. 

Forst is pointing to a part of the musical sheets she is holding with Ruisard looking on. Forst stands on stage with Cody Schuch, instructing them while moving her hands.

ABOVE: Forst and Ruisard discussed a variety of topics during Forst's visit to Peter Hall.

ABOVE: After performing a work he's been perfecting, Cody Schuch ’16 (right) listens to advice from Forst.

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