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From Providence to Julliard
2015-01-28

It is not every day when The Juilliard School of Dance, Drama & Music (New York City) and Providence are mentioned together in the same sentence, but thanks to Jocelyn Dueck, you are now able to do just that.

Twenty-three years after studying piano performance at Providence and subsequent graduate and postgraduate study at the University of Minnesota, Dueck is now a part of the Juilliard Opera Department as the English diction coach for Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Dueck will be working with the principal and cover casts to help teach the gifted group of vocalists the Mid-Atlantic pronunciation dialect for their performance.

Despite being a part of a world-class production in New York City, Dueck often reflects back to her time spent at Providence and points to the influence Providence faculty had in helping her achieve the success she has seen today.

“I can't write about this without thinking of my own experiences singing at Providence College, notably under Dr. Henry Schellenberg, whose own diction was impeccable and rooted in these traditions. All of us learned so much under his expert leadership,” writes Dueck in a letter to Providence’s Development Department. “Dr. Bill's savvy and breadth of knowledge, and his ability to ask just the right questions at the right times gave me comfort and guidance. I still think about certain very important conversations we had, many times a year.”

Dueck goes on to reflect fondly on her piano teacher Elsie Rempel and her ability to choose an excellent and challenging repertoire for her, as well as her tireless support in her technique and development.

Opening night of the opera is February 18, 2015. Until then, Dueck continues to spend many hours a week working with the cast to perfect their craft and ensure they are performance-ready. On behalf of Providence, we would like to congratulate Jocelyn for this exciting accomplishment!
 

 
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