Lyric Tenor Leroy E. Bynum Jr. performs Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Memorial Chapel at Emmanuel College. Dr. Bynum is accompanied by Mimi Noda, a former Emmanuel College faculty member.
The public is invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by EC’s Cultural Awareness Program (CAP).
Dr. Bynum is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Voice and Opera at Albany State University. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia, the University of South Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has received performance certificates from the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Germany.
Active as a performer, Dr. Bynum has appeared as a recitalist and soloist throughout the US, South America, and Europe. Bynum has sung operatic roles with the Munich Opera Company, the German States Opera in Berlin, the Lyric Opera of Salzburg, the St. Petersburg Opera, Orlando Opera, North Carolina Opera and the Godovsky Opera Workshop. As director of Albany State’s Opera Workshop, Dr. Bynum has produced and directed seven major productions to date.
Pianist Mimi Noda was a staff accompanist at Emmanuel College in 1998. She received her B.M. degree in piano solo performance from the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and her her M.M. degree in Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Georgia in 2000. In 2002, she began pursuing the doctoral degree in Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Accompanying at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida studying with Dr. Carolyn Bridger. Dr. Noda received her DMA in May 2010.
In the spring of 2006, Dr. Noda served as rehearsal pianist in the Albany State University Opera Production of Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge, also playing the extensive piano part with the Albany Symphony Orchestra for the opera’s performances. From August 2006 until May 2009 she served as a Staff Accompanist in the Music Department at Albany State University. In the fall of 2009 Dr. Noda joined the faculty at ASU as Assistant Professor of Piano.