Wednesday, May 11, 2016

MAS Faculty Presents Her Musical Sabbatical

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

The afternoon of May 10, Kathy Akiyama, an associate professor at Mount Angel Seminary, offered a Shakespeare lecture recital to the seminary community as part of her 2015-2016 sabbatical.  She performed with Debra Huddleston, a collaborative pianist.

Ms. Akiyama offered four sets of songs from the plays of Shakespeare, and between each set she offered a short talk in which she explained the place of each song in its given play.  36 of Shakespeare's 38 plays include songs, many of which would have been familiar to Shakespeare's contemporaries.

Professor Kathy Akiyama with her vocal coach and body mapping trainer, Cynthia McGladrey at the conclusion of her recital.

Along with her musical work, Ms. Akiyama's sabbatical has included work on book on themes of love.  She will return to teaching in the fall.

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