PULLMAN, Wash. — Graduate student Nancy Sheng will present her graduate choral recital as a family affair Tuesday, March 3, in the Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman.
The 8 p.m. concert will be conducted by Sheng, who is currently working on a master’s degree in music. Among the performers are Sheng’s sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Greg Yasinitsky; her 15-year-old niece, Laura Yasinitsky; and her children, 9-year-old Eric, 11-year-old Patrick, 15-year-old Elisa and 16-year-old Matthew Sheng.
On the program are Greg Yasinitsky’s “Be Joyful to God,” featuring Ann Yasinitsky flute; Greg Yasinitsky, saxophone; and Laura Warren, organ; and Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo (Little Organ Mass),” featuring Beth Delaney as a soprano soloist, and Warren, organ, as well as the choir and string orchestra.
The program also includes Francesca Caccini’s “Aure Volante,” featuring Ann Yasinitsky, Haida Peterson and Franji Holland, flutes; Brian Fearn, cello; and Warren, organ and piano; the continuo and choir; and Stephen Chatman’s “Due North,” featuring the a capella choir. Also to be performed will be “Chinese Folk Songs,” arranged by Carol Jennings, Frances Baxter and Nancy Sheng and featuring Eric Sheng, Elisa Sheng and Patrick Sheng; Laura Warren; and Laura Yasinitsky, all on Orff instruments; as well as the men’s and women’s choral ensembles.
Nancy Kelley Sheng is a teaching assistant for the School of Music and Theatre Arts. She teaches piano classes and is an accompanist at recitals, auditions and juried programs. She is concurrently enrolled in the WSU College of Education, working toward a teaching certificate.
She has performed extensively in the San Francisco area and served as assistant conductor of the Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bell Ringers, an international touring group. Sheng is also an organist at Simpson United Methodist Church.
The concert is open to the public without charge. Simpson United Methodist Church is located at 325 NE Maple St., Pullman.