Thursday, January 04, 2018

Victoria Bigelow uses leadership role in Rackham Choir to engage Detroit and Flint youth in arts


Choir singing

Evaluation Coordinator for CEDER, Victoria J. Milazzo-Bigelow, PhD, was quoted by The Detroit News regarding her participation in the Detroit performance of “Too Hot To Handel.” As a member of the Rackham Choir, Bigelow, a soprano section leader, has performed in “Too Hot To Handel” since its early years in the Motor City and has also sung in performances of the original “Messiah.” Premiering at the Lincoln Center in New York in 1993, “Too Hot To Handel” is a jazz-gospel infused adaptation of “Messiah,” which was composed by George Frideric Handel more than 270 years ago.

Bigelow helped to bring 750 students from Detroit and Flint to see the school day performance of “Too Hot to Handel” on December 15. She liaised with schools and teachers, oversaw grant applications, wrote bus grants, and organized the transportation for ten schools, in addition to organizing a post-concert master class at the opera house featuring Rackham Choir High School Vocal Interns (a program Bigelow coordinates) with the “Too Hot To Handel” soloists as clinicians that was attended by 21 Detroit School of Arts voice students.

Victoria Bigelow is Evaluation Coordinator

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