The Community Programs Department of Gila Community College will host "Life, Love, and Broadway" at 4 p.m. Jan. 27, The one-hour program is the telling of a story of a young girl as she goes through life with all its changes.
The vehicle is 15 songs from Broadway spanning nearly a century, with her story told between them.
Soprano Rachel Shaffer holds degrees from Mount Union College and West Virginia University, where she was a Title IV Fellow. Her teachers have included Cecil Stewart, Ruth Drucker, and the Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Eleanor Steber.
She joined the Mount Union faculty in 1963, retiring recently.Her performances have extended from repertory theater with The Carnegie Players of Pittsburgh, to recitals and concerts in the area, including soprano soloist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra Chorus.Many programs on campus and off have featured her singing a varied repertoire.
Shaffer's hometown is Uniontown, Pa. where she graduated as valedictorian. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, a college music honorary, Kappa Lambda, a music faculty honorary, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the Alliance Woman's Club.She has served on the boards of The Alliance Community Concert Association and The Canton Symphony.
Dr. Victoria Barnett Harris has been professor of music and director of the preparatory division at Mount Union College from 1986 to 2004. he was chair of the music department at Mount Union College from 1989 to 1996, and institutional representative to the National Association of Schools of Music.
Harris teaches piano and organ, piano pedagogy, and music history. Before coming to Mount Union College in 1986, she taught at the University of Redlands and Hiram College, and has been Director of Music, Organist-Choir Director, at First Presbyterian Church, Warren, Ohio; Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church, Homeworth, Ohio; and St. Mary's Church, Massillon, Ohio.
Harris and her husband, Neil, recently moved to Payson.
Tickets can be purchased in advance in the college administration office or at the door. Adult tickets are $5, student tickets are $3. Children under 12 may attend free of charge.
For more information, call Sarah Nelson (928) 474-5535.