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Student Recital Series: Kelsey Escobar, mezzo-soprano


KELSEYESCOBAR, mezzo-soprano


Join us for a wonderful afternoon recital given by senior Kelsey Escobar. Kelsey will be performing the following works:

    • Bel Piacere | Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759)
    • Un cor da voi ferito | Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725)
    • Vaga luna, che inargenti  | Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835)
    • Elegie | Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
    • Extase | Henri Duparc (1848 – 1933)
    • Plaisir d’amour | Johann-Paul Martini (1741 – 1816)
    • Morgen! | Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
    • An Die Musik | Franz Scubert (1797 – 1828)
    • Der Kleine Sandmann bin ich | Englebert Humperdinck (1854 – 1921)
    • The Lotus Bloom | John Jacob Niles (1892 – 1980)
    • The Spring is at the Door | Roger Quilter (1877 – 1953)
    • Silent Noon | Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    • The Call | Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
    • Love Bade Me Welcome | Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
    • Preguntale a las Estrellas | Edward Kilenyi (1884 – 1968)
    • Asturiana | Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)
    • Con amores la mi madre | Fernando J. Obradors (1897 – 1945)
    • La mi Sola, Laureola | Fernando J. Obradors (1897 – 194This event will take place at La Sierra University’s Hole Memorial Auditorium. Parking and admission are free.

Kelsey Escobar is a Senior at La Sierra University earning her a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Choral Education, as well as a minor in Drama with emphases in Performance and Education. Kelsey started singing at young age and began to take private piano lessons shortly after. Though she never took formal voice lessons, her music studies continued with handbells and choir at Glenview Adventist Academy. She also continued her piano studies under Deborah Hudson and Jesse Kloos, both from whom she also studied percussion and choir throughout the rest of her high school years.  

Since her arrival at La Sierra, Kelsey has studied voice under the direction of Javier Gonzalez, percussion under Marvin B. Gordy, and conducting with Ariel Quintana. Ensembles she is involved in include the University Wind Ensemble directed by Giovanni Santos and Orchestra under Dean Anderson.  She has participated in La Sierra University’s Music Department productions of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ as Major-General Stanley, and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ as the Sandman. She has also held significant lead roles in multiple Drama Department productions for which she has received three ‘Irene Ryan National Acting Scholarship’ nominations in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Since her Freshman year, Ms. Escobar has been a member of the University Chorale and Chamber Singers under the direction of Ariel Quintana and Lesley Leighton, and she currently serves as the Choral Assistant and Librarian for both vocal ensembles. In the last three years, she has served as a student teacher for the Music Department’s Summer Music where she has taught choir, music theory, and various classes in theatre and movement for the Vocal Academy students of the camp. She has also been a substitute student teacher for the ‘Redlands Summer Music Camp’ for choir and handbells.

Kelsey will be graduating from La Sierra this coming June and will continue to spread her love of music, theater, and teaching through her work with church choirs, private lessons, and community theater companies before attending graduate school for Music Education and Theater for Youth.

Arthur Darvasan-Stanciu was born in Vancouver, Canada, and after immigrating to Southern California at 5 years of age began exhibiting unusual interest in music in general, starting piano at 6 1/2. Enjoying listening to a variety of classical music, he developed an understanding of styles of different periods which is demonstrated in his playing. His talent had been acknowledged as soon as he participated in the Inland Empire Piano Festival, where he received First Place and various commendations from 2000 onwards.In the summer of 2006 Arthur attended the Aspen Music Festival as a piano student of the noted Gabriel Chodos.

In addition to currently studying Engineering at Riverside Community College, Arthur helps every year at the Inland Empire Piano Festival and the MTAC Music Theory exams. Besides piano, Arthur is also studying cyber-security, is an avid reader, and likes to communicate his ideas to people, his open personality welcoming many to call him their friend.