Friday, March 06, 2009

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Maria Pia Ugarte To Teach Voice Lessons At Musicology of Newnan

Coweta Arts Tidbits


The Successor To Newnan-Coweta Arts Council News Releases

Composed By: Forrest W. Schultz 770-583-3258

March 6, 2009

Voice Lessons at Musicology of Newnan


To Be Taught By Maria Pia Ugarte


     An announcement was made recently about Voice Lessons at Musicology of Newnan.  Now it has come to light that the teacher of these lessons will be none other than the renowned Maria Pia Ugarte, the Founder of the Zaphyra vocal ensemble and the Director of VOICES, which brought the outstanding Christmas Mist Concert to the Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan last December.  So, once again we have the opportunity to welcome Ms.Ugarte to Newnan!  Here is the press release Ms. Ugarte has just issued about this great news!







Newnan, March 2, 2009.-  Musicology and The Ugarte Studio are joining to offer lessons in Newnan, starting in March.  Group voices lessons will be offered at Musicology as an Introduction to Voice, starting on March 12 for four weeks.


"I kept receiving requests for voice lessons in Newnan," explained Maria Pia Ugarte, founder of The Ugarte Studio, currently based in Fayetteville and servicing students in that area and in Peachtree City.  "I have known of Doug Kees for quite some time and everybody spoke very highly of him, so I decided to get in touch and see if we could work something out."  After a successful meeting, Musicology and The Ugarte Studio agreed on a joint effort to start offering more services in music education in Newnan.  "We will start with voice group lessons and go from there," said Ugarte.


Musicology was founded by Doug Kees through Doug Kees Music Services in January of 2007 and currently provides music education to hundreds of students in Coweta County.  Doug Kees began professional performances while still in high school in Atlanta.  He continued studying music at Georgia State University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.  Since that time, with thousands of performances to his credit, he has performed in concert halls, nightclubs, churches, fraternity houses, recording studios, restaurants, and schools from Seattle to Detroit, from Memphis to Key West and across the Southeast.


The Ugarte Studio was founded in Peachtree City in 1998 by Maria Pia Ugarte, Artistic Director of Voices and founder of the female solo ensemble Zaphyra.  After a two-year sabbatical, The Ugarte Studio reopened last year in Fayetteville.  Ms. Ugarte holds degrees with honors from Peru and New York University, having attended The Juilliard School. It is there where she met world renown conductor, Maestro Vincent La Selva, Founder and Artistic Director of New York Grand Opera.  Since then, she has coached opera under his tutelage.  Ms. Ugarte has performed in South America and The United States, in New York with New York Grand Opera, and in Atlanta with renown American composer Pauline Oliveros.  She can currently be heard with Voices and Zaphyra in The Southern Arc.


Group lessons will be offered as an "Introduction to Voice" starting on March 12 at Musicology.   Classes will meet on Thursdays until April 16, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, ages 7 -12 years old. Instruction will be provided by Ms. Ugarte in the fundamentals of singing: basics of breath management, posture, vocal and muscle coordination, ear training and pitch recognition. Sessions are one hour long, once weekly, for four weeks.  At the end of the last lesson, a song will be performed jointly by the students for family and friends.  The course fee is $60.00 plus a $5.00 material fee.  No music background is necessary.  Please call Musicology at 770-252-7900 to register or for more information or visit for contact information.









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