Olivia Duncan Returns to the Yreka Stage

Olivia Duncan, Yreka High School Graduate of 2011, and long standing Yreka performer, will be returning to the Yreka stage May 15th to give her Senior Vocal Recital which is the final fulfillment of her Bachelor of Arts at Oregon State University. She will be graduating with a BA in Music with emphasis in Vocal Performance and will be singing at the 2015 Oregon State University graduation ceremony on June 13th in Corvallis, Oregon.

Olivia was born and raised in Yreka, the youngest child of Mr. Michael and Dr. Christal Duncan. She started her performing career in dance with Theater Street Dance at the age of 6, and her acting and singing career at age 8 in a production of “Christmas Carol, The Musical”, with Siskiyou Performing Arts, as Tiny Tim, singing a solo at the Yreka Community Theater. As one fellow actor said, “She’s the next Ethel Merman!” a famous Broadway actress and singer, with a booming voice that projects throughout the theater. Olivia’s director, JJ Lewis-Nichols continued to put her in prominent roles, including playing the part of Oliver in the musical “Oliver”, and lead role of Mary in “The Secret Garden”. At Yreka High School, she played the part of Maria in “The Sound of Music”, with an amazing voice and maturity. She was in numerous musical theater productions, dance productions, and other school and church associated productions. She sang “Lean on Me” at the YHS 2011 graduation with Kaeli Pyles, and was Salutatorian for her graduating class. Olivia also has a passion for volleyball, playing for 4 years at YHS and for club teams in Oregon. She was chosen as MVP at YHS her senior year and made All-League. She still enjoys playing intra-mural volleyball at OSU, always the competitor.

At OSU, she currently studies voice under Megan Sand, and has also studied with Ruth Dobson. She has received several scholarships from the music department and from OSU itself. Olivia has been a member and soloist of the OSU Chamber Choir, under the direction of Steven Zielke. She has sung in OSU Opera Workshop for three years. She sang the roles of Despina from Cosė fan tutte, Miss Silverpeal from The Impresario, and Norina from Don Pasquale, Ilia from Idomeneo, and Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni. This year she also had the opportunity to direct a scene from Pirates of Penzance. .

Along with performing, Olivia has been the Vocal Studies/Opera Intern for the Vocal Department for the past 2 years, and as Richard Poppino, the Chairman of the Department freely states, ”Olivia runs the Department for us”. Olivia plans to pursue her studies with an advanced degree in either Arts Administration or Vocal Performance after studying this summer in Paris and working for a year in the “real world”, to take a break from academics.

She was the 2015 winner of the NATS Cascade (National Association of Teachers of Singing) vocal competition in Portland, OR for all of Oregon and Washington. She will be singing all of the pieces that earned her the top prize during the concert in Yreka.

The concert will be held Friday, May 15th at The Yreka Community Theater at 7:30pm and admission is free. The Red Scarf Society and Fairchild Medical Center are sponsoring the recital, and there will be a reception following the performance. Please join her for a delightful evening of musical entertainment!


Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts 2015 Events

August

Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts is proud to co-sponsor
a western music performance a the Siskiyou Golden Fair.
Siskiyou Golden Fair

October 24

The Sun Kings provide a toe tapping Tribute to the Beatles.
With a repertoire of over 150 songs, and spanning the entire Beatles epoch, the Sun Kings shine in concert with spot-on arrangements and vocal harmonies delivered with driving energy, joy, and vitality that recall the earliest Beatles performances.
Yreka Community Theater

December

Our traditional and memorable Christmas Concert with Jacek Mysinski, pianist, and Kinga Augustyn, violinist.
Both Polish musicians are Juilliard graduates.
St. Mark’s Preservation Square

 

Watch for …

The US Air Force Band 
arrangements forthcoming –
a free concert provided by this outstanding group of patriotic musicians.
Yreka Community Theater

Tickets available at these businesses

Yreka
Liberty Arts – 108 W. Miner Street
Natures Kitchen – 412 S. Main Street
Shoppe Serendipity – 404 S. Main Street

Ft. Jones
Scott Valley Bank – 11906 Main Street

Etna
Scott Valley Bank – 424 Main Street

Mt. Shasta
Village Books – 320 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.


Red Scarf Society Campaign
for Theater Siding a Success!

This is a community that cares.

The project is to be completed before the end of the year.

On September 4, 2014 the Yreka City Council awarded a bid to
BK Construction of Yreka for the Yreka Community Theater Siding. The deteriorated siding on the perimeter of the theater will be replaced with a cement fiber siding that will be much more durable. 

This could not have happened without community support!
Red Scarf Society wishes to thank the 110 donors, the five grantors, the Yreka City Council and City Staff that made this project possible.