Oxford, Here He Comes! Please help us help Hunter Blake!

Oxford, Here He Comes! Please help us help Hunter Blake!

From Karen Laster

Have you ever had a REAL once-in-a-lifetime chance? My nephew does! Hunter Blake has been offered the opportunity to learn, contribute, and participate at Oxford in England in the Cornish-American Song Institute.

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Hunter Blake started singing, really singing, when he was in high school choir.  He had dabbled as a child singing his heart out using karaoke but got serious at Rockport High School, Rockport, Texas. Each year, he won first place at state in UIL contests.  

Hunter Blake has been asked to come to Oxfordshire, England, by Dr. David Sadlier.  While in Oxford, Blake will learn new techniques, further his already extensive singing range, and study with renown artists and teachers.  He will be using these funds to cover his expenses such as:

  • 24 nights lodging with breakfast
  • Meals not covered by programs costs
  • Applied lessons, coachings, classes, master classes
  • Day sight-seeing trips/experiential learning to theme-specific locations
  • Airfare from Houston, Texas to London, England
  • All ground transport  from Oxford-Falmouth and Falmouth-London (via charter bus to Heathrow Airport)

Total Cost: $3895

 Founded by Drs. David and Lelia Sadlier, the Institute is the result of their deep love of Art Song and time spent in Cornwall during a 2010 recital tour in England and Holland.  In many ways, song for voice and piano is the common denominator among composers and compositional periods.  From the advent of the forte-piano, and its arrival in salons and private homes, song has also been a central part of the artistic experience for people throughout the western musical tradition.   It represents a bridge between literature and music and spans the gap between intimate and heroic in a way of which few other musical genres can dream.   The founder’s affinity for Art- Song results from years of collaboration together in some of the genres’ greatest pieces and the influence of their many teachers, including: Philip Frohnmayer, Edmund Battersby, Andreas Poulimenos, Mary Ann Hart, Leonard Hokanson, Emanuel Ax, and Giorgio Tozzi.

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