CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – After retiring from the Island University in 2011, Flicka Rahn, former Associate Professor of Voice, has remained an active force as an educator fostering musical and cultural arts for youth in Mexico.
The accomplished soprano vocalist, who has sung with New York Wagner International Society, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Concert Opera, the Minnesota Grand Opera, and the San Antonio Opera, first traveled to Queretaro, Mexico, in 1990 as a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty member (then Corpus Christi State University) to perform vocal recitals and conduct vocal workshops. Since then, Rahn has continued to make regular visits to Queretaro and has remained active teaching there.
However, it wasn’t until visiting Queretaro in August 2013 when Rahn met Lupita Patino, Artistic Director at Proarte, who invited Rahn to return and teach a one-week voice performance course in the spring that her next adventure in Mexico took shape. The course was to conclude in a Broadway style musical production to be held at the Proarte Project and Dance School.
“Teaching is great entertainment for me and people want to be a part of the fun,” said Rahn about her first experience with Proarte. “I love my work, and I can't think of anything I would rather do, than to create music.”
The mission of the Proarte Project and Dance School is to raise awareness of the importance of art and culture in the development of lives, through artistic, cultural, and social experiences. The school believes in seeking to transcend the human experience through art.
Rahn designed a bilingual course in Spanish and in English for the dancers to help her Spanish-speaking students memorize the English lyrics for their musical production in only one week. Complete with choreography, lighting, props, costumes, and even a full band, Rahn and the students put on the show for the faculty, parents, and families of the students.
Since returning to Texas, Rahn has continued correspondence with Patino and the Proarte School of Dance.
“The parents and school loved the performance, but most of all, I loved the students.” said Rahn. “I will go back. I am sure.”
For a first-hand look at Rahn’s involvement at the school, watch the video here.