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Chua’s CD project with Katherine Jolly receives high praise in Gramophone magazine

Emily Yap Chua

Emily Yap Chua

A CD project co-produced by Emily Yap Chua, a Randolph music professor, recently received a glowing review in the international classical music magazine, Gramophone.

Chua was the pianist for the CD project, Preach Sister, Preach, which was partially funded by a grant from Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program. She partnered with soprano Katherine Jolly in recording the album. Jolly, formerly on the music faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is now a voice professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has performed at Randolph multiple times as part of the College’s Guest Artist Recital Series. The album also features works by rising composers Evan WilliamsKatherine Bodor, and Evan Mack.

Several tracks on the album bring attention to national and international issues, including climate change and women’s rights. The album also pays homage to notable women with text and quotations from Emily Dickinson and Simone de Beauvoir to Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres.

“It’s overwhelming just to be reviewed in Gramophone magazine, which is dedicated to reviewing recordings and is considered an authority on classical music,” Chua said. “To receive such a favorable review is an honor and a privilege.”

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