Voice Students Showcase Talent at Sunderman Sings

Zach de Besche performs at the Sunderman Sings showcase. Photo by Jane Fitzpatrick/The Gettysburgian

Zach de Besche ’22 performs at the Sunderman Sings showcase. Photo by Jane Fitzpatrick/The Gettysburgian

By Jane Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer

The Paul Recital Hall at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music was full of life on Saturday as the College welcomed prospective students to audition for the music program and current students performed in the Sunderman Sings voice area recital. The recital took place at 7 p.m., featuring voice students of the Sunderman Conservatory with Dr. Scott Crowne on piano and harpsichord.

The student performers represented all class years and a variety of voice parts:

  • Anali Matthew ‘23, soprano
  • Sebastian Garcia ‘23, tenor
  • Zane Kazmarski ‘23, mezzo-soprano
  • Zachary de Besche ‘22, tenor
  • Brittney Sedgwick ‘21, soprano
  • Bridget Kennedy ‘21, mezzo-soprano
  • James Lamb ‘21, baritone
  • Austin Nirkirk ‘20, soprano
  • Hannah Kolarik ‘20, mezzo-soprano
  • Aubryanna Tayman ‘20, soprano

Arias, art songs, and musical theatre pieces comprised the hour of assorted repertoire. Voice area recitals are scheduled every semester as opportunities for voice students to perform for friends, family, and faculty, but they are also scheduled in accordance with important visit days so that prospective students can hear the talent represented here at Gettysburg.  

The audience was emotionally captivated from beginning to end. Anali Matthew ‘23 hushed the crowd with a powerful performance of Weep You No More Sad Fountains (Roger Quilter, 1877-1953), and Aubryanna Tayman ‘20 closed the night with a hearty laugh at her spectacular take on Aux langueurs d’Apollon (La Folie’s Aria) from Platée, Act 2, Scene 5 (Jean-Phillipe Rameau, 1683-1784).

The singers themselves were pleased with the recital, and they found it to be a great experience.

“I really enjoy these recitals because they give everyone performance opportunities other than studio and juries.  Also I love how fun it is to perform with vocalists of all different class years in one recital,” de Besche said.   

Austin Nikirk '20 performs at the Sunderman Sings showcase. Photo by Jane Fitzpatrick/The Gettysburgian

Austin Nikirk ’20 performs at the Sunderman Sings showcase. Photo by Jane Fitzpatrick/The Gettysburgian

As a senior who has performed in several concerts and recitals during her time at Gettysburg, Austin Nikirk felt proud of her fellow voice students and gave as much support as she received herself. 

“I really enjoyed the recital!  It was fun to hear what everyone has been working on, and their progress so far this semester,” she said.

The next musical performance taking place in the Paul Recital Hall will be Eighth Blackbird on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.

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