Duelin' Sopranos: Singing in harmony, raising voices in song, has been part of the musical tradition since the beginning of time. Why do we choose to du-it? For the joy of music, for the feeling of creating something greater than just one singer can produce, and to enjoy the indescribable sensation that takes hold when two such musical energies mesh. Singers April Brookins Duvic and Vanessa Jump Nelson are both native Northwesterners, choral directors, and private voice teachers; were born in April, adore singing in French, and make a mean apple pie. Their performances have included the Old Church Recital Series, the 'Think Lincoln' concert series, Saturdays@Central, Citizens for Cultural Arts, Tahoma Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Oregon Music Teachers Association, The Grotto, private French dinner parties, and a recent performance with pianist Mary Dibbern at the Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France. Pianist Paulette Hanchett and flautist Viorel Badiceanu bring their creative energies to this project, which was produced by Vijay Singh at Bartholomew Productions and engineered and mastered by Bart Hafeman. This CD includes the Premiere recording of What a Night That Must Have Been, by ASCAP composer Vijay Singh. 'The concert was just wonderful...It was such a treat...Their program was so much fun, with comedy and also serious music offerings...' ~Citizens for Cultural Arts (C4CA) Vancouver, Washington, April 21, 2001 'The Duelin' Sopranos is a resource unlike any other, in bringing to life music history, foreign language, drama. Their program has spontaneity, color, and is full of emotion, which makes the listener eager for more.' ~Doug Mrazek, Clark College Cultural Tapestry Days, May 8, 2002. 'Delightful!', 'Beautiful!', and 'very humorous' (this last for the Duetto Buffo di Due Gatti)...were some of the comments given. Thank you very much, Lillian McGovern for OMTA, Portland District VANESSA JUMP NELSON received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Education from Portland State University in 1986. A native of Portland, Oregon, she has appeared in numerous solo and shared recitals throughout the Northwest. She has served as soloist with the Oregon Symphony Pops, St. Helens' 'Live: On-Stage,' Portland Symphonic Choir, Bel Canto Northwest, First United Methodist Church, St. Mary's Cathedral and a variety of other churches and concert series in the Portland area. She was for several years a member of the Trinity Chamber Singers, was the soloist for the 2001 Washington County Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, and was recognized as a first place winner of the 1997 American Mothers, Inc., Oregon State Vocal Competition. Although well acquainted with all styles of music, she is particularly interested in the study and performance of French Art Song. While at PSU, she was the administrator of the Brown Bag Concert Series, studied composition with Tomas Svoboda and Bryan Johanson, and choral conducting with Bruce Browne and David York. Her vocal teachers have included Gwen Leonard, Ruth Dobson, David Jimerson, Richard Muhle, Frances Arnold, and Frances Hargreaves. She has received vocal and dramatic coachings and Master Classes from Julianne Baird, Ellen Faull, Richard Poppino, Nick Carthy, Jane Klaviter, and Christopher Mattaliano. Mrs. Nelson maintains a private voice studio in Northwest Portland and for the past two years was on staff at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church as director of the Sanctuary Choir and coordinator of St. Gabriel's Concert Series. APRIL BROOKINS DUVIC received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitman College and her Masters of Science in Teaching from Portland State University. She has been on staff at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, since 1990, and was the 2001 recipient of the Exceptional Faculty Award, the college's award for academic excellence. She teaches Applied Voice, Music Education, and Music Appreciation and is director of the acclaimed Clark College Women's Choral Ensemble, which has performed in China, Mexico, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Duvic serves as an adjudicator and clinician at both solo vocal and choral festivals in Oregon and Washington. Active in musical theatre at Clark College and in the Vancouver area, she has received awards for her musical direction of Evita (1993) and West Side Story (1997). She has received recognition from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as the teacher of the National Winner of the MTNA High School Voice Competition (2000-2001). Ms. Duvic has been featured as a vocal soloist with the Clark College Orchestra and was a member of the Leyden Singers, the Oregon Symphony's Vocal Pops ensemble. Her teachers have included Gwen Leonard, Susan McBerry, Winnifred Ringhoffer, and Richard Miller in workshop settings. She thanks her husband, Greg, for his continued love, understanding, and support as she pursues her musical goals and dreams. PAULETTE HANCHETT (piano) received her music education at Pacific Union College in California in piano performance under the direction of Dr. Aileen James. In addition, she also studied under Dr. Roger Nyquist, professor of organ performance at the University of Santa Clara. Her career emphasis is in classical, sacred and gospel music. For the past 30 years she has performed in concert halls and auditoriums before audiences coast-to-coast in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon. Her musical experience includes guest appearances on national television and radio. As a recording artist and musical consultant, she has advised various musicians on vocal and instrumental arrangements. Today Mrs. Hanchett teaches from her private piano studio in Northwest Portland and is the staff organist and pianist for St. Gabriel's Church, a position she has held since 1998. VIOREL BADICEANU (flute) received his University Degree from the Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania, in 1995, specializing in Performing and Teaching. For eleven years he was Principal Flute for Opera Theatre of Brasov, Romania, and provided flute and chamber music instruction for Art High School of Brasov, Romania. The winner of eleven musical competitions, he has given over 70 recitals in the United States and the largest cities of Romania. He has performed on Romanian Radio and Television, and in over 400 chamber music concerts in Romania and Austria. He has given repeat performances on tours in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, and Holland. In Romania, he also organized public and educational concerts and flute competitions. In 1997 he moved to the United States, where he is Liturgical Flautist for St. James Catholic Church in Vancouver, Washington, and contract flautist for various recitals and chamber performances. He continues to provide flute instruction at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, teaches flute and piano for Sisters of St. Mary School in Beaverton. VIJAY SINGH (Producer)is an active performer, composer, teacher, and clinician residing in Ellensburg, Washington. After completing his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Willamette University, he taught public school music at the secondary level for three years in Oregon where his choirs were consistently rated among the best in the Northwest. Vijay has a Master's degree from Portland State University where he was a graduate teaching assistant, and has directed ensembles at Western Oregon State University, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State University, and Frank DeMiero's Jazz Camp. He currently is a professor of music at Central Washington University where he teaches voice, directs the Vocal Jazz program, and conducts the University Chorale. As a composer/arranger, Vijay writes for all levels in both classical choral and jazz idioms, and his works have been performed at regional and national ACDA, MENC, and IAJE conventions throughout the United States. His works are published by Warner Bros., National Music, Hal Leonard, BriLee, Lawson-Gould, and Laurel Press Publishers with over 85 works currently in print. He often writes on commission for some of North America's finest collegiate and professional ensembles, and is a four-time ASCAP Composer's Award recipient. Several of Vijay's compositions are featured on Male Ensembles Northwest's holiday CD recording Reflections of Christmas released in 1997, and he has garnered praise from such notable musicians as members of the King's Singers and Chanticleer. An active classical performer, Vijay has appeared as featured bass-baritone soloist with such notable groups as Choral Cross Ties, the Oregon Symphony, Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Festival, Bel Canto Northwest, Male Ensemble Northwest, and the Portland Opera Guild. As a solo jazz artist, he can be heard with some of the nations finest jazz musicians and has performed at jazz festivals across the US and Canada. Vijay has sung with the Robert Shaw Chorale as part of the Carnegie Hall Concert Series and has appeared in opera and musical theatre performing such roles as Sarastro in Mozart's Magic Flute, the Voice of God in Britten's Noye's Fludde, Uberto in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, the Armchair and the Black Cat in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges, and Sir Lancelot in Lerner&Loewe's Camelot. Vijay is a member of ACDA, MENC, IAJE, ASCAP, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is also a member of West Coast recording artists: Just for Kicks with Randy Crenshaw, Kirby Shaw,and Kirk Marcy. Just For Kicks recently received Album of the Year from the Contemporary A Cappella Society for their freshly released 3rd CD: Kick in the Pants. Congratulations, Vijay!