Hester to perform musical theatre vocal recital Feb. 4

Soprano D’nissa Hester will present a musical theatre vocal recital at Northwestern State University on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hester will perform works by “3 Stephens, 2 Andrews & Jason,” with works by composers Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Flaherty, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Andrew Lippa and Jason Robert Brown. She will be accompanied by pianist Dan Ley.

Hester, an instructor of music/voice at NSU, is a native of Amarillo, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in vocal performance and Master of Music with a concentration in vocal performance and choral conducting from Northwestern State. She has continued her education at the Taos Opera Institute under world renowned sopranos Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke. Hester was selected to attend the International performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany under the instruction of Dr. Maryann Kyle.

In 2010, she became a member of the NSU faculty teaching voice, theory and piano to music and theatre students. She was the Louisiana representative to the regional NATSA conference in 2012. She regularly performs with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony, the NSU Jazz Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble and in faculty recitals and concerts. Hester also performs with the Red River Chorale, the Kisatchie Sound and with her husband in the DAT Acoustic Act, a folk/acoustic duo.