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A native of Wayne County, Marlayna Maynard holds degrees from Marshall University (BA) and Bowling Green State University (MM). Her recent solo performances include New York-based composer Drew Hemenger's The Unforgettable Hour, a large work for soprano and orchestra; Handel's Messiah; Allegri's Miserere mei; Mozart's Exsulatate, jubilate and Faure's Requiem. Her operatic credits include two North American premieres: Einojuhani Rautavaara's House of the Sun and Francesco Cavalli's La virtù de' strali d'Amore, for which the
Toledo Blade praised her performance as "memorable" and "earthy." While in Huntington, she appeared frequently as a soloist with the Marshall University Orchestra (Poulenc Gloria, Mozart Requiem, Vaughan-Williams Bodie) and was active in Marshall University's Opera Theatre (Hansel and Gretel, The Impresario, The Telephone). She was a choral scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, where she later volunteered as a member of the Chancel Choir. She is currently a member of the ten-voice professional choir of the Historic Mariners' Church of Detroit and is on the voice faculty of Bowling Green State University.
Alanna Cushing earned degrees from Marshall University and Bowling Green State University. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout West Virginia and Ohio. While playing with the New Music Ensemble at Bowling Green, she premiered works by Kristen Kuster, Dante de Silva, and Scott Hawkinson. She has also worked with composers such as Mark Zanter, Erik Lund, and Graham Lynch. In 2006, Cushing attended the Contemporary Music Festival in Cortona, Italy, where she premiered a work by Lynch. She is an active teacher and served as a guest instructor at Bowling Green's Summer Music Institute in 2008. Cushing recently returned to Huntington, W.Va., and is currently teaching piano and music theory at Marshall University.
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Maynard, Marlayna and Cushing, Alanna, "Marshall University Music Department Presents Liederabend: Evening of Songs, featuring Marlayna Maynard, soprano, Alanna Cushing, piano" (2010). All Performances. 534.