BY ALEX GRUBER, KYLE VAN DEN HEUVAL and COLIN HERZOG
Numerous SNC students had the chance over the past two weeks to display their musical talents in student recitals.
Kasara Sinkula, ’15 held her senior vocal recital on Nov. 7 in Dudley Birder Hall at 3:30 p.m. Among all the songs she had to memorize and perform, Sinkula claims that her favorite is Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies,” which was the final song of her recital. Heading into her recital, Sinkula confessed to feeling nervous but excited as well.
“I am a little nervous for this performance,” Sinkula said, “but also very excited to perform for my family and friends.”
To prepare beyond vocal exercises and warm ups, Sinkula also made sure to read the translations of the selected, so that she is familiar with what the songs’ lyrics are trying to say. Still, the hardest part when all is said and done, Sinkula says, is getting started.
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On Nov. 9, Madeline Baretta ’15 performed a student recital in Dudley Birder Hall. Baretta said: her favorite songs that she performed were “Song to the Moon” from the opera “Rusalka” and a song made from Walt Whitman’s “Dirge of Two Veterans” arranged by SNC’s own Dr. Blake Henson. She said that she always tries to get plenty of rest before a performance and drinks lots of tea. She also feels that everyone should come see the student recitals in order to support SNC students as well as enjoy the music that you may not be accustomed to hearing.
Maggie Schutz ’16 and Emily Herman ’16, participated in a joint recital on Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. Schutz played the flute and Herman sang for their individual pieces.
Schutz, a major in Music and Liberal Arts and a minor in Media Studies, began playing the flute at ten and the piano at twelve. At the recital, she performed “Fantaisie for Piano and Flute, Op. 79” by Gabriel Fauré, two movements from “Partita in A minor” for solo flute from Johann Sebastian Bach and other pieces. Schutz is also involved in Knights for Life and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society.
Asked for her favorite part about performing music, Schutz said, “I love the moment after I’ve been working on a piece for a while, when I can forget about technique and actually feel the music.”
Herman, a soprano, is pursuing majors in Voice Performance and Physics. Her selections included “Tu mancavi a tormetarmi” by Marco Antonia Cesti, “Der Musensohn” and “Du bist die Ruh” by Franz Schubert and “A Route to the Sky” by Jake Heggie. Herman has participated in Chamber Singers, women’s chorus, the opera workshop and the wind ensemble at St. Norbert College. She is also a member of the Society of Physics Students, as well as a teaching assistant for the physics department.
On the motivation for her involvement in music, Herman said, “My older sister was very involved with music, and I have always looked up to her. I still remember going to her concerts and seeing how much fun she was having.”
Schutz and Herman ended their recital with a duet between flute and soprano voice titled “Lo! Here the Gentle Lark” by Henry Bishop.
Rachel Ziolkowski ’15, had her recital on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. A Choral and General Music Education major, Ziolkowski displayed her musical skill in writing all of the pieces for her recital and performing them with other SNC students. The selections included a wind quintet, a flute choir, a double duet for male and female vocalists who will also play their wind instruments, vocal pieces using text from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and original songs.
Ziolkowski has performed in musical ensembles on campus like the Chamber Singers, flute choir and handbell choir. She is also the treasurer of the SNC chapter of the National Association for Music Education and a member of the Knitting Knights.