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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

April 08, 2019

College of the Ozarks to host new music group, The Divas, on April 15

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host a new music group, The Divas, on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Newman Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This C of O performance is their second one. Rebecca Claborn, The Divas soprano and C of O adjunct professor of voice, is eager to bring this recital to her home base.

“We are excited to show who we are as friends to our audience,” Claborn said. “Most of the time in an opera or music setting, the sopranos do not get along. With The Divas, it comes through in our singing how much we love each other. It is a comradery, and people want to be there.”

The Divas have put a new flare on classical show stoppers. While Branson-area entertainment provides a wonderful array of bluegrass, country, and folk music, the audience attending The Divas will have the opportunity to step through the doorway to something that is not the norm. They will perform works from opera, musical theater, and classical music with new harmonies and dramatic interpretations.

Sopranos Rebecca Claborn, Jennifer Forni, and Dawn Gutierrez all three are professional singers and teachers of voice known in the region and around the country. They will be accompanied by pianist Jonathon Raney.

“It all came to be after one of our Divas, Dawn Gutierrez, gave a recital last spring. We were all being goofy and singing together on stage and right there, someone said they would hire all of us to do a recital together. We thought on it and said why not?” Claborn said.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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