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Tuesday, January 27

Due to winter storm conditions, the University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 27.  Day and evening classes are canceled. An updated advisory on the status of classes and operations for tomorrow will be posted this evening. During the time that the University is closed, the Commons, Subway, and Village Market will maintain regular hours for residential dining services and the Sports Center will be open for use by residential students only. Gengras Student Union and University Libraries are closed.   snow closing guide

All Hartt Community Division activities are canceled today.

current as of 9:40 a.m., Jan. 27, 2015

This is my story

Nelson Ebo ’11

The Power of Song

I was born in Angola, a war torn African country. I had 15 brothers and sisters but, due to illness and war, nine of them and my parents are dead. My family and I hid in a Franciscan seminary to escape the guerrillas terrorizing my country.

During the years at the seminary, I began to sing at mass, became familiar with sacred music and soon realized that I love to sing. I listened to borrowed recordings of renowned tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo and tried to imitate them.

The masses that I sang were televised. People noticed me and invited me to sing at other events. I began singing in restaurants to provide food and medical care for my family.

During one of my performances, I met a representative from the United Nations who said I must learn to sing opera. He helped me emigrate to receive more formal musical training, first in Spain and now at The Hartt School.

The decision to leave Angola was one of the most difficult I’ve ever had to make because I was the sole support of my remaining family. But I know that with better vocal training, I will be in a better position to provide for them.

I study with Wayne Rivera, chair of Opera Performance.

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