Vocal Master Class graphic. (Lone Star College)

CYPRESS — Vocalists have a unique opportunity to be part of Virtual Vocal Master Classes this fall for free with visiting opera artist Dr. Rick Piersall and Lone Star College-CyFair’s award-winning faculty artists.


“Not only will students learn from our nationally-recognized faculty artists representing a wide range of experience from opera to art song, but students may also participate as master class performers and receive constructive feedback and support,” said Dr. Brian Herrington, LSC-CyFair Department Chair of Music, Drama and Dance.



Among the featured artists in the Faculty Artists Virtual Master Class, set from

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, are professors Alex Qian, who is also LSC-CyFair Artistic Director of Vocal Activities, Daniel Trevor Bircher, Dr. Zachary Bruton, Laura Coale, Dr. Monica Isomura and Drew Slatton.


Save the date Nov. 18 for the Visiting Artist Virtual Master Class, also 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., featuring Dr. Piersall, Director of Opera and Professor of Voice at Abilene Christian University.


Reviewers have referred to Dr. Piersall’s voice as “beautiful”, “reminiscent of Fischer-Dieskau” and “touchingly expressive” and described his acting performances as “comic genius”, “sympathetic” and “poignant.”


Dr. Piersall has been heard locally in performances with the Houston Chamber Choir, Rice University Opera and Opera in The Heights. He has directed operas at Stephen F. Austin State University, Houston Baptist University, and the University of South Dakota.  He has appeared in operatic leading roles in Utah, Iowa, North Carolina and Texas, including Abilene, Amarillo and El Paso.

Get the link to participate in both master classes with an email request to Alex.Qian@LoneStar.edu.

For further information on these and other LSC-CyFair Music Department events, email bherrington@LoneStar.edu.​​

Helping more than 23,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the fifth comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at LSC-CyFair as well as at LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.


Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.