Pax sings for scholarship benefit

Sep 06, 2017
Karen Lilli Pax

Waldoboro — The Waldoboro Woman’s Club will present a concert by soprano Karen Lilli Pax, accompanied by Mark Howard at the piano, Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Broad Bay United Church of Christ, 941 Main St./Route 220, to benefit the club's scholarships. It will be followed by a reception in the church parlor.

The program is open to the public and donations will be accepted. Scholarship funds are distributed to local high school graduates and continuing education students in the form of $1,000 scholarships each year.

The concert is titled The World is an Open Door and will include folk music, musical theater, arias and African-American spirituals. Pax’s repertoire is eclectic, and she received rave responses when she performed with Howard in an earlier local concert at the same venue. Pax, who said she thinks of singing as "painting with sound,” was guest artist at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she performed a concert of American Songs and taught a master class for voice students. Formerly on the voice faculty of Colby, Bates and Bowdoin colleges, Pax has performed in concert in Maine, New York and Europe and Asia.

Her background as a church musician includes work as soloist, choir director and music director in churches of many denominations in Maine and New York. She has designed and led retreats and worships, as well as producing numerous benefit concerts. Since 1996, Pax has coached with Millard Altman, retired assistant conductor, coach and prompter of the Metropolitan Opera. She also conducts a choir of about 35 mixed voices at The Highlands Retirement Community in Topsham; and is the pastor of the Waldoboro United Methodist Church.

Howard studied music at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Ohio and also took a degree in English literature from Bates College, where he later was employed in the department of music. He lives in Portland, where he also works as a church organist and has been a teacher in the public school system. Howard enjoys ensemble music and often joins other pianists for duet playing and has performed at local retirement communities.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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