Ohio college lands pledge for opera star residency

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Oberlin College has landed a $150,000 pledge to support an annual campus residency by opera star Marilyn Horne.

President Stephen Rubin of the Henry Holt & Co. publishing house made the pledge announced last week.

It will establish the Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s Marilyn Horne Professorship and Residency Fund.

Horne, an acclaimed mezzo-soprano, has been a visiting professor for seven years at Oberlin, located southwest of Cleveland.

She presents public and private classes and advises top aspiring singers at Oberlin.

In 2002, Opera News said Horne “may be the most influential singer in American history.”

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