The Greenville College Department of Music has announced that Sarah Coleman Toth, soprano, and Elizabeth Goodenough, pianist, will perform on campus the weekend of November 7-8. Both alumni of Greenville College, Toth is an internationally acclaimed performer of opera, recital, and oratorio, while Goodenough is sought as an accomplished pianist/accompanist. Toth and Goodnight will perform a voice and piano recital on Saturday, November 8 at 7 p.m. in the Whitlock Music Center at Greenville College. The recital is free and open to the public.
Ms. Toth recently made her Sydney Symphony Orchestra debut at the Sydney Opera House as Vierte Magd and Die Vertraute in Strauss’s Elektra. Earlier this year, Toth created the role of Zveryeva in the well-received World Premiere of Mayakovsky with Sydney Chamber Opera. Other recent role debuts include as Mimì in Opera New England’s production of La bohème, and Countess in a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. She has been the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Toth trained as a Young Artist at La Musica Lirica Music Festival in Novafeltria, Italy, as an Advanced Artist at OperaWorks Training Program in Los Angeles, California, and as a Mainstage Artist at The Midwest Institute of Opera in Bloomington, Illinois. After graduating from Greenville College, Sarah earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College (New York). More recently, she completed a Masters of Music in Opera Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia).
Taking her passion for piano and working with vocalists, Ms. Goodenough worked at Sam Houston State University in Texas as an accompanist for singers, choirs and instrumentalists after graduating from Greenville College. In 2008, the Coordinate Movement program taught by Lisa Marsh at Portland State University took her to Oregon. While in the Northwest, Goodenough continued to freelance as a pianist for local choirs, community organizations and churches, as well as working as Instrumental Staff Accompanist at George Fox University. A growing interest in opera coaching spurred summer involvement as an apprentice coach for the Midwest Institute of Opera and the Atlantic Music Festival, and led her to complete an intensive language course at the Goethe Institute in Freiburg, Germany. She currently lives in Indianapolis, maintaining a studio of private piano students in addition to accompanying for the Indianapolis Children’s Chorus and Butler University.
There will be multiple opportunities to hear Toth and Goodenough at Greenville College on November 7 and 8. They will lead vocal and piano masterclasses at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7. A voice and piano recital will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 8. All are welcome to attend these events in the Wilson Recital Hall of the Whitlock Music Center located on the corner of College Avenue and Elm Street in Greenville, Illinois.