Sing for Hope Founders To Begin Virtual Fall Residency with RefleXions Music Series

By Logan Martell

RefleXions Music Series has announced that sopranos Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora have been named as guest artists of the program.

Over their virtual fall residency, the duo will be leading a series of masterclasses, podcasts, and community conversations via Zoom.

On October 15, they will hold the first masterclass for singers, musicians, choir directors, and music teachers, featuring students of the University of Arkansas; the next class will be on November 5. Both classes are free and open to the public, but require registration in advance.

Yunus and Zamora will be featured in the RefleXions podcast in November, and in December they will lead an open panel conversation with local arts leaders about social impact. Both Yunus and Zamora are known as the founders of Sing for Hope, which brings the arts to people in hospitals, schools, and refugee camps worldwide.

“The arts are a delivery system for hope, equity, connection, and renewal,” writes Zamora. “They have unique power to address individual and communal spirit, which is a first step toward healing, especially in moments of crisis. So now more than ever, even as we hone our artistic technique to ensure our work is as compelling as possible, we have a responsibility to look at how and where the arts are delivered, who has access, and why. I love how the title of this new program – RefleXions – underscores the way in which creativity allows us to reflect on, and ultimately make sense of, the key issues in our lives. It’s a joy and an honor to do this work this semester with the great students and faculty of J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences and the University of Arkansas Department of Music.”

The series is funded by the University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Grant for the Humanities and Performing Arts Initiative, and is sponsored by the J. William Fulbright College of Arts& Sciences, the Department of Music, and KUAF 91.3.