Vocal Student’s Song Performed at Princeton

Posted: July 10, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

A vocal student of music professor Laura Mann wrote a song that was performed at the retirement dinner for outgoing Princeton University president Harold Shapiro on June 1. The song was dedicated to the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and was performed by a graduate student group. The vocal student, Alexandra Lajoux, is herself a Princeton alumna. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature there in 1978.

While studying under Mann, Lajoux was inspired to write the lyrics and compose the score for the event. “Dr. Mann is a highly effective teacher of the art of song,” says Lajoux, who “drew from Dr. Mann’s philosophy” to write the song.

“Mann has trained popular singers in classical techniques and has also helped classical singers sing more naturally,” notes Lajoux, who considers herself a classical singer. “I think Dr. Mann helped me [develop] a better ear for what sounds natural in the voice. And this helped me write my song.” Mann is also an international opera performer, and a concert and recording artist with European and North American opera companies and orchestras.

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