Sunderman Spotlight: Camille Iorio
By Katherine Lentz, Arts & Entertainment Editor
What is your major?
I am a bachelor of arts in Music with a minor in Sociology.
What is your instrument?
I am a vocalist, specifically a Soprano! I study with Dr. Hochmiller.
What has been the most important part of your conservatory experience?
I have had the opportunity to work with and hear many exceptional musicians. Hearing Kenny Garrett perform was a very moving experience for me, and has furthered my love for jazz music. Having venues like Studio Class and Now Hear This! to perform have also been wonderful performance opportunities; there are many opportunities in the conservatory to learn from and perform with others, as long as you are motivated!
How will your time here have an influence on your career in music?
I have gained a tremendous amount of confidence through my time at the conservatory, and not just as a musician. As a vocalist you are commonly expected to lead your accompanist, which I have been shy about doing in the past. Through my experiences in the conservatory, I have continued to develop confidence in doing this task, which transcends into many other areas. I feel more comfortable being assertive and being confident in my own skills.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I am hoping to pursue a career in the nonprofit field. I am currently being interviewed by the Americorps, along with other organizations. I would love to incorporate the arts into this potential career path, but if not, I know that I will always continue singing and performing!
Tell me about your recital.
My recital is entitled “Night and Day.” I chose this title partly because of my love for the Frank Sinatra tune with the same name, but more specifically because of how I divided my sets of music. The first half are all pieces that center around or take place during the day; there are Italian and German pieces that I selected. The second half are pieces about the nighttime; there are English and French pieces. I close my recital with “Dreaming, Wide Awake” by Jason Robert Brown to indicate the end — going to sleep.
What is your advice for future conservatory students?
Focus on your own growth and exploration as a musician and do not get sidetracked by others; everybody has their own unique journey!