KISSIMMEE—Graduating Seniors, Audrey Olsheske and Brent Glover, perform recitals to cap off their education at Johnson University.
Audrey Olsheske, a Musical Arts student, was first to perform her recital entitled “More Than A Conqueror” October 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Brent Glover, a Worship Ministry student, followed with his recital entitled “Hold Us Together” on November 9th. Each recital lasted approximately one hour and consisted of vocal and piano pieces. During vocal pieces, both students were accompanied by Tony Cason on piano.
The senior recital is required for music majors and serves as a class. It is a “time for us music students to use what we have learned,” stated Audrey. “It is a time for people to gather around and support you.”
Students prepare for this moment every year of their studies. Brent explained that it is an opportunity “to show our professors, family, and friends what we have learned and how we have grown as musicians/worship leaders during our time at Johnson.”
Additionally, Brent saw his recital as a personal confirmation that he obtained the skills necessary for his calling. He said, “I went from someone who could sing a little bit and play guitar to someone who can sing a lot better and lead worship from multiple instruments, along with being able to responsibly and biblically structure services.”
Audrey experienced difficulty when planning her recital. She was nervous and uncertain if she should perform. But, her nerves turned to joy after her recital. She said, “my favorite part would be the standing ovation I received at the end. I’m an introvert and definitely NOT an attention seeker, but it felt great to know people really enjoyed what I had done.”
Brent’s favorite part was being able to minister to his family members through his recital. He encouraged all by witnessing to Christ in both song and word. He led the audience in an extended time of worship featuring songs “Is He Worthy?” and “Hold Us Together.”
Both Audrey and Brent extended special thanks to their professors without whom their success would have been impossible. Brent said, “I have grown exponentially in my singing ability and my musicianship.” Audrey added, “Dr. Reyes, Dirk Donahue, and Tony Cason have all done such a great job at helping me get to where I am today, musically and more.”
Brent accepted a job as the campus worship pastor for Tomoka Christian Church’s Palm Bay campus and will be joining them full-time after he graduates. Audrey is unsure what she will do after graduation. She is certain, however, that things will all work out.