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Serena Kanig

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

Serena Kanig studied voice and performed in New York City and throughout the North-
east before returning to her native Utah. She has been an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at
Utah Valley University (UVU) since 2007 and continues to perform regularly.
Having had quite the “excellent adventure” producing operas with students at the ele- mentary level, Serena is excited to be on the Artist Roster and to bring the opera experi- ence to more students. She firmly believes the Arts can give children new horizons that will be impressed on them forever.
Her available programs are:
Opera by Immersion:  This residency project will guide students through the entire pro- cess of producing an opera, helping them (and the public) to understand that opera is accessible and indeed wonderfully enjoyable and moving for all who are involved. Stu- dents will be immersed in opera on all levels: set design, costume design, make-up and prop design, stage management, artistic direction in acting and singing roles, and dance creation. Students will learn the opera story, become familiar with the stage experience and choose an area of production they want to focus on, culminating in public perfor- mances. A 40-hour project typically takes 4-6 weeks from start to finish, meeting 2-3 days per week, and includes an opening assembly and teacher in-service. Possible field trips to see costumes and stages first-hand can also be incorporated if there are facili- ties within the area (such as university the

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