Hazel Hyacinth Graham
Hazel Graham, soprano and choir director presently residing in Port St. Lucie, Florida, has taught at Caribbean Union College, now Northern Caribbean University, and Walla Walla College, now University. Graham received her music education in her native Trinidad and Tobago and in Canada. She is a Licentiate of the Royal School of Music in London and earned a Bachelor of Music Honor's degree in voice performance at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. She has studied voice with Lynda Mieske, David Falk, and Lee Thompson.
During her stay in Canada, she presented many recitals and entered several competitions. In 1986, she won Best Vocalist award in the Guelph Music Festival and went on to represent that city at the Provincial finals. From 1986 to 1991, she resided in Trinidad, where she was active as a soloist, recitalist and conductor, had a number of voice students, and was an adjunct faculty member at CUC.
While working as an adjunct voice instructor at WWC, Graham performed as a soprano soloist with the Walla Walla Choral Society and the Walla Walla Symphony. Through the years she has sung the solos in many major works, including Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Exultate Jubilate, Handel's Judas Maccabeus and Messiah, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Haydn's B-flat Major Mass, Debussy's L'enfant prodigue, and others.
Graham is an independent music professional who presently runs a Kindermusik program in Port St. Lucie and is involved with local music activities. She performed with the Treasure Coast Community Singers Classical Choir in February 2011, when she sang the solos in the Poulenc Gloria and the Fauré Requiem.
Sources: Printed program notes, Walla Walla College recital, 5 April 1992; Information on file at Walla Walla University; Other online Sources; Personal Knowledge.