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Dr. Deborah Thurlow, voice professor at Washington Adventist University, joins Encore University’s Masterclass series for a deep dive into the emotion and creative expression that drives emotional and memorable performances.

This class will teach you how to channel emotion into your performances by characterizing the lyrics and language behind them. Using the 5 W’s method (Who, What, When, Where, and Why), you will learn how to characterize a piece, conceptualize its meaning, and bring out its deepest emotions for all to hear.

Bring your favorite piece of music and learn how to improve your performances in this collaborative and active workshop experience!

DATE AND TIMEWednesday, November 8, 7:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET
PRICE$15 per person

Can’t make it to the Zoom? Encore University’s flexibility extends to our Masterclass series, too! A recorded version of the presentation will be sent to all registered participants for later viewing.


Soprano Deborah Thurlow teaches applied voice and related vocal courses for Washington Adventist University (WAU). She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Performance Workshop for WAU, where she has produced, directed, and conducted over twenty-five productions.

Dr. Thurlow has appeared with organizations such as Maryland Opera Studio, The Light Opera Company of Southern Maryland, Interact Theatre Company, The Forgotten Opera Company, The Washington Savoyards, Eldbrooke Players, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, the Mclean Choral Society, Columbia Collegiate Chorale and the New England Youth Ensemble. With Friday Morning Music Club Chorale and Orchestra, she has soloed in the Mass in B Minor and St. John Passion (Bach), Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Alexander’s Feast (Handel), A German Requiem (Brahms), Hodie (Vaughan Williams), Requiem and Coronation Mass (Mozart), Creation, Harmoniemesse and Theresienmesse (Haydn), and Mass in A Flat (Schubert).

Dr. Thurlow has performed in many concert venues such as the Chevy Chase Women’s Club, Anderson House, Britten-Pears School, Strathmore Mansion, Corcoran Gallery, Folger Theatre, and Dumbarton House. She has premiered works by composers Ron Warren, Elaine Erickson and Winifred Hyson. She is Vice President of The Musical Source and is co-soloist for Sixth Church, Christ Scientist, DC. She is currently Treasurer for the MD/DC chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Dr. Thurlow holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in music and English from Washington Adventist University.