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Inhale, Exhale

led by Cory O'Niell Walker

I. Inhale, Exhale
America – I hear you hiss and stare
Do you love the air in me, as I love the air in you?
Black boxes of cargo
Black boxes in holes
Hysteria, Hysteria – I hear you hiss and stare
Black eyes and blackouts
Blackjacks and nightmares
America – do you care for me, as I care for you?
Do you love the air in me, as I love the air in you?

About Cory O'Niell Walker

Cory O'Niell Walker is a diverse performer, composer, and designer who performs in many genres including Opera, Musical Theater, Art Song and Dance. She has been a soloist with The Network for New Music in Philadelphia (world premiere, Morning Has Broken by Donald St. Pierre), Opera Boston, Longwood Opera, New England Light Opera, Boston Theater Bridge, Fiddlehead Theatre, North Shore Music Theater, Cape Rep Theater, The Mendehlsson Club of Philadelphia and X Trigger (Katrina Ballads by Ted Hearne). He has also been seen at the Philly Fringe Festival performing his own art-song based theatre works, such as L'Heure Exquise and Cupid's Little Prick. She is Co-Founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia based Artsong Repertory Theater Company and also founded the giving project Art of the Heel. In 2018, Cory made his NYC debut with performances at the legendary cabaret theater Joe’s Pub (Do You Want A Cookie?, Bearded Ladies Cabaret) and the off-broadway Kraine Theater with his one woman show Fire In My Bones: A Gospel Jubilee. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master's degree in vocal performance from Ithaca College, where he also studied composition. Cory maintains a popular voice studio in Philadelphia, where she also performs regularly with The Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret.


Dedicated funding for the Sounds of Learning Dress Rehearsal Program has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, Eugene Garfield Foundation, Wells Fargo, Universal Health Services, Hirsig Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, and Mr. William A. Loeb

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