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Alumni Series Concert March 4

February 21, 2014

Colorado State University alumnae Jamie Wheelock (M.M. '10), flute, and Laura Begley, (B.M. '10), will perform at the next Alumni Series Concert.

Begley's decision to focus her life on performance has been for the best, not only for herself, but for any audience fortunate enough to see her sing live.Tuesday, March 4
7:30 p.m.
Organ Recital Hall
University Center of the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Alumna Begley on her 17th opera

The Alumni Series at Colorado State University this spring features a special performance by CSU alumna Laura Begley, ’10, mezzo-soprano.

Begley was the winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audtions in the Tulsa district, 2012. At the start of her career, she has already appeared in seventeen opera productions.

Bagley is excited to return to the Organ Recital Hall once again at her alma mater.


  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (under 18)
  • $12/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787) or online.

Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Very young and already very accomplished

The Organ Recital Hall in the University Center for the Arts. Image by David Patterson Photography.After graduating from CSU in 2010 with a B.M. in vocal performance, Begley is pursuing her M.M. in voice from the University of North Texas.

She was named the winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Tulsa District in 2012 and has been part of the Dallas Opera Young Artist Program since 2012. Additionally, Laura made her Saratoga Opera debut last summer as Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

During her time at CSU, Begley was involved in Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and CSU Opera Theatre (now the Ralph Opera Center). Begley’s beautiful voice has even taken her to Austria, where she was one of two 19-year-olds enrolled in a six-week lieder program through the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz.

While finishing her degree at UNT, she performs main stage productions and helps with the company’s education outreach programs.

Performing at her alma mater

“The last time I was in the Organ Recital Hall was for my senior recital,” said Laura. “I am so grateful for all the encouragement I had from the faculty, the dean, and others during my time at CSU. There aren’t a lot of schools where you can expect that kind of support, so it will feel more like home.”

Her recital will feature “The Deepest Desire” by contemporary American composer Jake Heggie, best known for the opera, Dead Man Walking.

'Deepest Desire' to be performed in its entirety

The woman at the core of that emotional story, Sister Helen Prejean, also inspired the song cycle, “Deepest Desire,” based on her writings about her faith and the work she’s done in the name of social justice. The cycle will also feature CSU alumnae Jamie Wheelock, M.M. ’10, flute.

“The piece is really beautiful,” said Laura. “I initially started working on it when Jake Heggie was UNT’s composer-in-residence and I was able to coach the song with him. I’ve performed a couple of the pieces since then but never the set in its entirety so I’m very excited.”

Begley has performed in seventeen operas thus far, and does not plan on stopping anytime soon. She has won three semi-finalist awards, two finalist awards, three first-place awards, and was named CSU’s Singer of the Year in 2009.

Although she would have been a great musical therapist, her decision to focus her life on performance has been for the best, not only for herself, but for any audience fortunate enough to see her sing live as well.

Contact: Mike Solo
Phone: (970) 491-5293