Congregational Church to host serenade Sept. 30

Published 8:00 am Saturday, September 22, 2018

“Music for Awhile,” a Sunday serenade, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at The Congregational Church.

The program will include solos and duets of sacred music by Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn, among others, performed by Suzanne Brown, soprano, and Caroline Rollins, alto, accompanied on piano by Susan Lyle. This recital available at no charge to the public.

The church’s address is 210 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Phone is 828-859-9414.

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Brown has studied at Converse College, Furman University, Vienna Conservatory and The Goethe Institut in Germany. Her music degree is from Furman, where she was principal violist in the Symphony Orchestra, the violist in Strolling Strings, and first soprano and soloist in Furman Singers and Chamber Singers.

Brown enjoys church music, choral and vocal seminars, and she continues her own voice study with Lyle at Converse. She is a member of the Spartanburg Festival Chorus.

Rollins achieved the Royal School of Church Music bronze standard, becoming the first Voice for Life medal recipient in the U.S. Thereafter, she achieved the RSCM silver and gold standards.

She was a member of the first RSCM National Choir, which served as choir in residence at Westminster Abbey, London in 2015, and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in 2016. She is a practicing attorney in South Carolina, and is a member of the Chancel Choir at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She studies voice with Lyle.

Lyle received her education at Kalamazoo College, The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and at The University of Oregon in Eugene. She has many performances to her credit throughout the U.S., Canada and in Europe.

Lyle is also a master teacher of the functional voice building method, and has presented papers on this topic at many conferences. She is an active member of the Voice Foundation and National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has many students as performers and teachers throughout the U.S. and in Canada.

Lyle has been a member of the voice faculty at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg since 1996, and is currently the director of music at The Congregational Church of Tryon.

– Submitted by Ellen Harvey Zipf