I’d like to thank the women of Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural Club of Milwaukee, for working with me to establish the David Fons Sr. And Alice Fons memorial scholarship award. This scholarship was awarded for the first time at this year’s annual Polanki Awards Tea. I established this scholarship following my 2017 recital at the Polish Center of Wisconsin in the name of my grandparents who were enthusiastic lovers of music, and encouraged me tirelessly in my education, and career as a musician. The hope is to award the scholarship to a young woman or man studying music, but because my grandparents valued education in all fields, if
there is no music student, another accomplished and deserving student will be chosen!
Each year, Polanki awards twelve scholarships to university students who are either of Polish descent or concentrating on Polish studies. The tea culminates months of preparation, including extensive fundraising, scholarship program publicity, application solicitation, and application review.
The entire Polanki organization takes part in some way in awarding these scholarships, so the Awards Tea is truly a celebration of both the group and their effort in working towards their philanthropy goals.
To learn more about supporting the David Fons Sr. And Alice Fons memorial scholarship, please send a message through the contact form on my website, or contact Polanki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Fons is proud to share that she is featured in the Winter 2016 issue of the SIU Alumni Magazine. Fons, who received a Master’s of Music degree in 2008 at Southern Illinois University, is highlighted for her operatic ambition.
Emily Fons, M.M. ’08, describes herself as a driven person who clearly understands the type of environment she thrives in. That internal perception guided the classical vocalist to Southern Illinois University more than a decade ago. Now hailed by publications such as Opera News Magazine as one of the rising opera stars in the country, she also has been lauded as one the best singing actresses of her generation.
Exciting news for the cast and crew of The Santa Fe Opera’s Cold Mountain – the original cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award!
The recording features conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers and singers Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard and Jay Hunter Morris, with Elizabeth Ostrow as producer.
Stay tuned – the 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, February 12 on CBS.
Next up: Ms. Fons sings the title role in a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola by Jean Bellorini at Opéra de Lille.
Ms. Fons will be returning to the Göttingen Internationale Händel Festspiele for performances of the title role in Handel’s oratorio Susanna. A recording of the project is planned for later release. For more information, visit haendel-festspiele.de.
Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain has been released on CD and is available for digital download at pentatonemusic.com.
This recording features the original cast – including Ms. Fons as Ruby – from the world premiere performance at the Santa Fe Opera in 2015.
It was the darker-voiced mezzo soprano, Emily Fons, who created an immediately recognizable character in her depiction of the edgy, strong-willed Ruby. With golden sounds that included an opulent mid-range, she sang that her only teacher was hunger while she taught Ada how to live off the land and plan for a Spartan future.
– Maria Nockin, Opera Today