Exploring Visionary Music

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Listen Up! Exploring Visionary Music through the Ages

This First Year Seminar class is intended for university students with an interest in music, from antiquity to today. Student will examine "Visionary" music throughout the ages and search for the musical, societal, and educational parallels and conclusions can be drawn from the past to today. Visionary music may refer to music that introduces new and previously unheard concepts, ideas, and styles to the world. Who did it first? Who did it best? What aspect of society influenced a composer to think of that new concept? How was it received? Students will also examine literal "visionary music"—music that composers claim to have been given in a dream or vision.

As well as well famous visionary works, this course will spend significant time on global and indigenous composers and songs, as well as examples from female composers, non-binary composers, and neurodivergent composers. "Listen Up! Exploring Visionary Music through the Ages" will encourage an interdisciplinary understanding of Music. Students will examine music from a Historical, Scientific, Mathematic, Poetic and even Industrial perspective.

Course Details
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118: TR 3:30pm-4:45pm
701: TR 12:30pm-1:45pm
702: TR 2:00pm-3:15pm
Fall 2024
The Arts

Kathleen DenBleyker

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, soprano Kathleen DenBleyker (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Barry University and a Master’s Degree in Voice and Choral Conducting from Florida Atlantic University. She studied Opera and Lieder at the Musikschulwerk Salzberger College in Salzburg, Austria.

DenBleyker is the Music Director for Lees-McRae College and is also on the music faculty for Northeast State in Tennessee.  She has also held positions at Texarkana College, Panola College, Kilgore College and East Texas Baptist University, and Houghton College. 

 Music Direction Credits include: 9 to 5, In the Green (collegiate premier of the work), Little Shop of Horrors, Young Frankenstein, Big Fish, Horn in the West, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Hansel and Gretel, Into the Woods, Anne of Green Gables, Marriage of Figaro,

Additionally, DenBleyker has extensive performance credits, in both Opera and Musical Theater. Roles include:  Ado Annie/Oklahoma, Fiordiligi/Cosi fan tutti, Hansel/Hansel & Gretel, Mabel/Pirates of Penzance, Mercedes/Carmen, Mother/Amahl and the Night Visitors, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Rosalinda/Die Fledermaus, Princess Puffer/Edwin Drood, Drunken Wife/Spoon River Anthology.  She originated the role of Delilah in the world premiere of the musical Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 

 She is also an active soloist, having been featured in Dvorak’s Te Deum, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Rossini’s Sabat Mater, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Shubert’s Mass in G, Stainer’s Seven Last Words of Christ, Rutter’s Gloria, and Handel’s Messiah.