Choosing a career path while in college is difficult, but before 2007 SMC alumna Lindsey Anderson could make that decision she needed to choose between her twin passions, biology and music. Anderson said she began her time at Saint Mary’s College believing she would one day become a neurosurgeon with her biology degree. Instead, she is now a mezzo-soprano opera singer with a Master’s degree in Music (Vocal Performance) from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music from Saint Mary’s. “I sang for the latter half of my senior year of high school in the choir for fun. I really couldn’t read music, but my parents always played classical music, so it was in my ear, I guess. I always had a healthy appreciation for the classical realm of music,” Anderson said. “I was always a science geek, so that’s what I had planned to do. I had a plan. I think I was in fourth grade when I said I wanted to be a neurosurgeon when I grew up.” Upon arriving at the College, Anderson took the pre-med route, a choice that she said she thoroughly enjoyed at first. Soon after, Anderson said she found herself wanting to be a part of the choir at the College. “I had wanted to try out for the Saint Mary’s choir since I had been in my high school’s choir,” Anderson said. “It ended up being a fit after I auditioned. I credit Dr. Nancy Menk for turning me to music. She encouraged me and told me that I should be a music major. Without her, I don’t think that I’d be an opera singer today. I am so thankful for her.” Anderson tried being a double major between biology and music at first, however, she found it difficult once her interests became more music-centered rather than pre-med, she said. “It did not work. It was because I was trying to balance the two and was giving all of the energy and work to music which told me that was what I wanted to do,” Anderson said. “I just got this opera bug and I would go to Moreau and check out almost all of the operas that we had and just listen to them. I loved them. I listen to opera every morning while drinking my coffee. It just excites me.” After graduation, Anderson had a lot of catching up to do since she only had about three and a half years of vocal study under her belt at the time of graduation. “The amount of vocal study I had up to that point was really not much compared to the people who have been singing since they were 12,” Anderson said. “I was auditioning for graduate schools and it is so different for applying. You don’t go and take tests and write essays, you go and sing songs and audition at all of these schools. I was still in my major- stage fright phase, but I was very well prepared.” Anderson received many acceptance letters to graduate schools, however, she ended up choosing to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a choice she said she believes was the right one. “I met some of my life-long operatic friends there. I think it was a very good decision for me to go there. I had a great teacher,” Anderson said. “We had what was called ‘Opera Workshop’ which prepares you for the business of opera for music majors like how to get auditions in the real world, getting an agent, business stuff like that.” After receiving her master’s degree, Anderson continued on to train as a young artist with Opera Western Reserve and attended such training programs as Bay Area Summer Opera Theater in San Francisco and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. “More recently, I have worked with Opera Fayetteville and Opera North,” Anderson said. “I have been gaining bigger roles even more recently. Just this past two years I have been singing leading lady roles. It takes time, with the type of voice I have, to mature.” As for any advice she has for the current music majors at Saint Mary’s, Anderson stresses that singing is a personal art form and students must always be passionate about their singing to succeed. “You have to love the art that you create and if you love it, other people will it too because they will sense the joy that you put into it,” Anderson said. “The biggest thing is just to love what you do. If you love it and you enjoy it, that’s all that matters.
View Comments Jonathan Groff Star Files If you haven’t had enough of Jonathan Groff hanging out and hooking up in San Francisco, you’re in luck. HBO has picked up Groff’s gay-themed half-hour drama Looking for a second season, according to The Los Angeles Times.“It’s a very personal story, HBO programming honcho Michael Lombardo told the Times. “We made a conscious decision: Let’s let this show sort of not have to justify its investment every year; we want it to live on its merits. I hope people invest their time in this show because it has something to say.”Looking, which premiered on January 19, is about three friends exploring the options available to a new generation of gay men. In addition to Broadway vet Groff as Patrick, it stars Frankie Alvarez as Agustin and Murray Bartlett as Dom. Cast members Lauren Weedman (Dom’s sassy roomie Doris), Raul Castillo (Patrick’s hot lover Richie) and Broadway alum Russell Tovey (Patrick’s flirty boss Kevin) will all be bumped up to series regulars in the second season. read more
Did you know a hive of honeybees has to visit two million flowers to make one pound of honey? Learn more facts about honeybees at the next Saturday at the Rock event set for July 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.Rock Eagle program specialist Jake Martin will teach participants about bee biology and pollination using live examples from Rock Eagle’s hives. Participants will also be able to sample honey made onsite by Rock Eagle’s bees. Attendees are asked to wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves, long pants and closed toe shoes. Veils will be provided.This session of Saturday at the Rock is appropriate for all ages and costs $5 per person. Advanced registration is required by calling Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs are held the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html. read more
Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that he has tapped Jean O’Sullivan, a long-time Burlington Democrat, to fill the Vermont House of Representatives seat formerly held by Representative Mark Larson, who stepped down in July to serve as head of Department of Vermont Health Access. “I am very pleased to make this announcement today,” Shumlin said. “I was sent three very strong candidates for the post. I believe that Jean brings public service experience that will enable her to hit the ground running at the State House, and she shares my commitment to the issues, particularly on renewable energy and the war on recidivism. She will serve her constituents well.” O’Sullivan’s elected positions include three terms as Burlington Ward Seven City Councilor, two terms as Burlington Justice of the Peace, three terms as Burlington Ward Seven Clerk, and more. In addition, she has served on the Vermont Board of Private Investigators, Board of Optometry and Department of Employment Security Committee to Review Unemployment Compensation. She previously worked at GunnAllen Financial, AG Edwards & Sons, Inc, and Merrill Lynch, and owned a small business. She will be sworn into office when lawmakers return to the State House in January. read more
An increase in UK long-term inflation expectations has seen defined benefit (DB) schemes suffer a decrease in funding levels despite strong equity growth over 2013.Research from Mercer showed the IAS19 accounting deficits for FTSE 350 firms increase by £25bn (€30bn), reaching £97bn by the end of December.The consultant’s monthly Pension Risk Survey showed that while funding levels worsened over the year as a whole, the end situation was an improvement on the £102bn deficit level a month previous.The research said the deficit growth, driven by inflation expectations, came despite a 19% return from UK equities and significant cash contributions from sponsoring employers. However, Mercer pointed out that, even though IAS19 deficits increased for pension funds, actuarial valuation deficits and those measured on a buyout basis both showed an improving picture.Ali Tayyebi, head of DB risk at Mercer, said the IAS19 funding level drop demonstrated the three key elements that influence deficits over the year.“Deficits increased sharply up to the end of April driven largely by increases in the market’s outlook for long-term market implied retail prices index (RPI) inflation,” he said.The rise in expectations during the first quarter came after the shock announcement from the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) that it would not amend its calculation method for RPI.This came after markets already accounted for a change in its calculation, making it more akin to the generally lower consumer prices index (CPI).“The position had recovered by mid-year as corporate bond yields increased sharply over Q2, reducing the value placed on pension scheme liabilities,” Tayyebi added.“However, a further increase in long-term market-implied inflation and a reversal in corporate bond yields increased deficits by £20bn over the second half of the year, despite the UK stock market returning 10% over that period.”Adrian Hartshorn, senior partner in Mercer’s Financial Strategy group, said that, despite the growing IAS19 deficit, improving outlooks in actuarial and buyout deficits boosted the demand for risk-reduction exercises, making 2013 a record year for insurance contracts.“There are also likely to be other transactions and exercises implemented by scheme sponsors, such as options that allow pensioners and deferred pensioners additional flexibility in the way they draw their benefits,” he said. read more
Japan’s shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has completed an in-service demonstration test of a wind resistance-reducing windshield for containerships, concluding that it reduces emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by some 2%. Co-developed by MOL, the windshield was installed on the bow of its operated containership MOL Marvel for the demonstration test, launched in September 2015.The tests confirmed about 2% average CO2 reduction after installing the windshield on the bow and sailing at 17 knots per hour, compared to operating an identical vessel at the same speed without the device installed.MOL said that its objectives were to accumulate Big Data on operational status during service on Asia-North America East Coast routes, and compare two sister ships with and without the windshield installed on the bow, as well as to establish a method to eliminate the data on the effects of ocean waves, and extract only the change in performance due to reduced wind resistance.This analysis method and results of performance were presented at the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers’ meetings in November 2016 and May 2017.MOL infomed that it “continues efforts to confirm the windshield’s seaworthiness and sailing data analysis, and looks forward to more advanced technological development based on this research project.”PBCF Department of MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. is in charge of technical advice of windshield. read more
The Batesville Regional Tennis Match against Richmond was cancelled Thursday due to rain and will play Friday at 4:30 at Richmond High School.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
Saturday Tentative ScheduleDRIVERS MEETING – 12:45 pmPRE-RACE CEREMONY – 1 pm (Modified and Stock Car Friday Qualifiers to fan zone, Modified and Stock Car ROC draw in fan zone)FIRST RACE – 2 pmHOBBY STOCK ROC HOT LAPS5 – MODIFIED LAST CHANCE HEATS (10 laps)TRACK PREPSPORTMOD ROC HOT LAPS5 – MODIFIED LAST CHANCE HEATS (10 laps)TRACK PREPSTOCK CAR ROC HOT LAPS5 – MODIFIED LAST CHANCE HEATS (10 laps)TRACK PREPMODIFIED ROC HOT LAPSSTOCK CAR “A” (25 laps)3 – MODIFIED “A’s” (12 laps)TRACK PREPHOBBY STOCK QUALIFIER HOT LAPSSPORTMOD “RACE OF CHAMPIONS” (10 laps)HOBBY STOCK “RACE OF CHAMPIONS” (10 laps)STOCK CAR “RACE OF CHAMPIONS” (10 laps)MODIFIED “RACE OF CHAMPIONS” (12 laps)TRACK PREP SPORTMOD QUALIFIER HOT LAPSHOBBY STOCK DANCE (30 laps)TRACK PREPSTOCK CAR QUALIFIER HOT LAPSSPORTMOD DANCE (30 laps)TRACK PREPMODIFIED QUALIFIER HOT LAPSSTOCK CAR DANCE (30 laps)TRACK PREP MODIFIED DANCE (40 laps) read more
Cheryl K. Johannigman, 51, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at her home near Millhousen. Born, December 9, 1968 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Philip Powers, Jr and Joan Hardebeck. Cheryl graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 1987. She previously worked for the Decatur County Memorial Hospital and Valeo, both in Greensburg. Cheryl married Charles Johannigman on October 10, 1987 and he survives. Besides her husband, Cheryl is survived by one son; Matthew Johannigman, Greensburg, one daughter; Christen Johannigman, Greensburg, one sister; Teresa Vanasdol, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son; Charles C. Johannigman, and sister; Tonya Gallagher. Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 9:30-10:30 am at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home followed by a funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 11 am with Rev Bill Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the family. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com read more
Press Association Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has warned Manchester United they may have to endure the kind of misery they suffered in the darkest days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign before emerging into a bright new era under David Moyes. Yohan Cabaye’s second-half goal was enough to earn Newcastle their first win at Old Trafford in 41 years, and condemn United to back-to-back home defeats in the Premier League for the first time since 2002. Yet those losses against Middlesbrough and Arsenal were separated by six weeks. It is 1989 since United were last beaten in successive league games on home soil with nothing in between. The first of those was the famous day when supporters unveiled a banner proclaiming ‘Ta-ra Fergie’ in response to a defeat by Crystal Palace. Pardew knows from painful experience how Sir Alex Ferguson managed to rescue the situation by beating a Palace side he was part of in the FA Cup final, setting himself up for the most successful managerial stint in British football history. “I have great respect for David,” said Pardew. “But I remember the FA Cup final in 1990 when they scored with eight minutes to go. They got out of jail because we should have won. “They stood by him. David might have to have a year like that where it’s touch and go but he’ll come through it because he’s a strong man.” Nevertheless, Moyes is being dealt some severe blows at present, and his side were predictably booed off at the final whistle. “Manchester United supporters have been great to me and the club,” said Moyes. “They understand there’s a great transition going on here. “I don’t think they or me expected us to have lost five games at this stage of the season. “But it’s the same players that won the Premier League last year, everybody’s aware of that. “We do need a bit of good fortune to get us under way and that didn’t quite come for us. “But I am confident it will because I am working with the champions.” What must have been concerning for Moyes was the lack of fight from his team once they had fallen behind. United’s most sustained spell of pressure came when Patrice Evra crashed a header against a post that bounced back into Vurnon Anita’s hand. A penalty at that stage would have changed the entire complexion of the game. As it was, referee Andre Marriner said no, allowing Cabaye to claim the spoils. “His hand definitely stops the ball going in the net, that’s undoubted,” said Moyes. “You can decide whether it was a penalty or not but his hand stopped it on the line.” For all the inquests at United, Newcastle revelled in their success. Their long-suffering supporters were still singing Cabaye’s name 15 minutes after the final whistle, most of them not even alive in 1972 when the Magpies last tasted victory in the stadium. “It’s a long time isn’t it?” said Pardew, who was 10 at the time. “Sometimes when you get victories of this manner it’s difficult to digest straight away and obviously the headlines might be elsewhere, but I hope the players get credit for their performance. “I could still hear our fans singing when I was down the tunnel. It’s a huge win for them. “I knew our players were very conscious of those 41 years and were determined to put that right, although it is easier said than done.” read more