Kafers bring soprano, piano duo recital to NIU

Cecelia and Harold Kafer
Cecelia and Harold Kafer

DeKALB – Cecelia and Harold Kafer will return to the Northern Illinois University School of Music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, for a program of opera arias and transcriptions in the Recital Hall.

The program will include pieces by Strauss, Mozart, Wagner, Massenet, Bizet, Puccini and others.

Cecelia Kafer has appeared in recital, opera and oratorio throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Australia and New Zealand. She has performed with the Arizona Opera Company, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and as a guest artist with the Florida State University Opera. She has also appeared with the Elgin and Columbus symphony orchestras. For many years she was the vocalist with The Lyric Ensemble and has sung with a number of local performance groups. She holds degrees in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy from Arizona State University and completed post-master’s studies at University of North Texas.

After serving as a vocal teacher on the faculties of North Central Texas College, College of DuPage and Sherwood Conservatory for many years and maintaining a private voice studio for 19 years, she retired from teaching in 2010.

Harold Kafer retired from NIU in 2010 after a long career on the music faculty and as director of the school of music, dean of the college of visual and performing arts and deputy provost. Before joining NIU, he was head of the music department at Auburn University and taught at community colleges in Arizona and Texas.

Harold Kafer began studying piano at age 14. When he was a high school senior, he won first place in the Phoenix Symphony Concerto Competition and a scholarship to the Music Academy of the West. He holds a degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory, a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a doctorate from the University of North Texas. He founded the Cooke County Symphony and Chorale and conducted the Auburn University Symphony Orchestra. He has performed nationally and internationally as a pianist and conductor in solo and chamber music settings as well as in duo recitals with his wife.

He is a published author and composer and has served as a consultant to the National Association of Schools of Music, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and on the board of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

Kafer Recital

5 p.m. Aug. 18

NIU Music Building Recital Hall

More information:, or 815-753-1546

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