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Wed January 15, 2014

Opera Stars Samuel Ramey and Alan Held Join WSU Music Faculty

Opera stars Sam Ramey and Alan Held will join the WSU faculty in fall 2014.
Opera stars Sam Ramey and Alan Held will join the WSU faculty in fall 2014.

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

"He has become a friend to our faculty," said Rodney Miller, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Imagine what it means to a young aspiring singer to have one of the most recognized operatic figures of the last half-century coaching and encouraging you. Now imagine that presence on a daily basis."

Alan Held will join Wichita State as the Ann and Dennis Ross Faculty of Distinction in Opera.

"This is truly a red-letter day for our vocal program," said Miller. "The Ross' significant financial contribution to the College of Fine Arts makes Held's faculty position possible."

Both Ramey and Held are WSU alumni.