Carolyn Coefield, instructor of voice, 406.839.0379,
RMC Media Team, 406.657.1105,

Jacob Scharbrough Tenor Jacob Scharbrough performs Mon., Apr. 14, in Losekamp Hall at RMC

BILLINGS, March 17, 2014 – Tenor Jacob Scharbrough offers his senior recital Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Losekamp Hall at RMC. His classic tenor program includes Schubert’s Die  Schöne Müllerin, a few of Copland’s Old American Songs, and Italian arias by Leoncavallo, Bellini, and Donizetti. Admission is free.

Scharbrough started playing piano when he was 5 and added saxophone and guitar in the 5th grade. He grew up in Weiser, Idaho, where his high school musical inspirations included band director Michael Hall and choir director Mike Turner.

“At RMC, Carolyn Coefield has been the most inspiration to me. I thought emotionally I could not comprehend how powerful feelings were, but she truly helped me tap into that and use that in my singing. She has encouraged me to try out for operas and musicals and to live up to my potential as a singer. I truly will miss that woman when I go to grad school, but her lessons and support will always be with me.” 

Scharbrough appreciates “how lyrics tie into the musical phrase. One of the most beautiful languages is Italian; everything flows so smoothly to make a wonderful phrase.” He said, “When you study the translation word for word and really understand it, there are no words [without song] to say how you truly feel to anyone because they won't understand it in the same way you do. That is the beauty of music!”