By Abigail Mulonas
Thursday, Nov. 18 the vocal students at Grand Rapids Community College will be performing their Fall Voice Studio Recital.
Being one of their two annual performances in front of an audience, the show is a way for the students to test their live skills with a soirée of English art song and jazz standards.
These talented individuals, however, are not just voice majors, which is a common misconception.
“Our voice majors will make up the majority of the performers in the recital, but several students are studying voice just as a way to explore creativity,” said Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Caleb Wenzel.
Featuring a broad range of genres, this recital has a variety of music, from opera all the way to musical theatre. However, the focus is primarily dedicated to English art song tradition (composers setting English-language poetry to music).
Two poets that play a large role in this recital are familiar to many: Robert Louis Stevenson, known for “Treasure Island”, and American poet Emily Dickinson.
The recital is a perfect opportunity to see the talented vocal students live in action along with learning the craft of performance art through music. The recital will be at 7 p.m. at the Albert P. Smith Music Center in the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall. Admission is free for students and $3 for adults – tickets can be purchased here.