KISSIMMEE – Each year, graduating seniors from the music department prepare and perform their senior recital as the culmination of their education at Johnson University.
“[Senior recitals] are important to help showcase the hundreds of practice hours, countless recitals, and all the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed in the music program here at JUFL,” stated senior Mandie Flynn.
Each senior is in charge of developing their own theme, planning the entire event, memorizing the music, and putting together the band for the night.
Senior Chris Dalisay said, “My favorite part about senior recitals is choosing music and centering it around an ultimate theme. I love connecting dots in that manner. This recital is allowing me the opportunity to choose songs that have made an impact in my life and telling a story through them.”
For some, the entire task of performing in front of a crowd may seem daunting, but senior Jackson Rodeffer described the experience this way: “The most stressful part about planning my recital has been getting the behind-the-scenes details together. It’s funny because the performance is actually the easiest part; our classes prepare us for the performance, but event planning is just plain old event planning.”
Senior recitals will begin Nov. 5 with Spirit Lead Me at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center.
This semester’s schedule of senior recitals is as follows:
Spirit Lead Me
November 5 at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center
Bethany Martinelli Baker
God is Our Refuge
November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapman Center
From Glory to Glory, Our God is Victorious
November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center
No Other Name
November 19 at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Center
O Come Let Us Adore Him
November 20 at 8 p.m. in the Chapman Center