Sister Duets Feature UCO Faculty at USAO March 6

Sister Duets Feature UCO Faculty at USAO March 6



CHICKASHA – Two sopranos from the University of Central Oklahoma are sharing the spotlight for a free recital at the University of Science and Arts on March 6. At 7:30 p.m., the UCO faculty members will sing sister duets from classical music masters such as Puccini, Mozart, Gounod and others in the USAO Alumni Chapel.

The guest faculty recital features Dr. Marilyn Govich and Dr. Barbara Streets, who both teach and sing at UCO. Dr. Kenneth Bohannon, associate professor of music at USAO, said he was honored to host the visiting singers.

“My colleagues and friends from UCO are wonderful singers and a delight to work with,” Bohannon said. “We are honored to have such quality singers on our program here at USAO.”

Govich is professor of applied voice and head of the opera and music theatre division of UCO’s School of Music. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma, where she received the Provost's Outstanding Dissertation Award. Govich also was co-winner of the Biennial Dissertation Award of the National Opera Association.

A performer of multiple leading roles including professional appearances, Govich has twice sung at the National Conference of the National Opera Association in New York City and has twice presented artist recitals at Texoma National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Govich also is the mother of Milena Govich, star of NBC’s “Law & Order” series.

Streets serves as assistant professor and head of the vocal arts division in the School of Music at UCO. She holds a bachelor of music education, master of music (voice) and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oklahoma.  She also holds certification for level I, II and III in contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogy.

As an adjudicator, Streets has worked with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and NATS. She is a cantor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and is active as a recitalist and oratorio soloist. She has been a featured soloist at conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and has presented an artist series recital for the NATS Texoma Region Fall Conference.

Streets and Govich are accompanied by pianist Dr. David Forbat, assistant professor of piano at UCO.

Forbat earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a doctor of musical arts degree from Peabody Conservatory. In addition to performances in solo, chamber and concerto venues, he collaborates regularly with singers across the globe.

He has been invited to present “Piano Through Solfège” in July, 2007, at the College Music Society’s International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 7:30 p.m. concert in the USAO Alumni Chapel is free and open to the public.