KISSIMMEE — Two seniors at the Johnson University Florida campus performed recitals to cap off their education.
Audrey Olsheske, a Musical Arts student, was first to perform her recital entitled “More Than A Conqueror” October 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.
Brent Glover, a Worship Ministry student, followed with his recital entitled “Hold Us Together” on November 9.
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 Olsheske. “It is a time for people to gather around and support you.”
Students prepare for this moment every year of their studies. “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,” Glover said.
Additionally, Glover saw his recital as a personal confirmation that he obtained the skills necessary for his calling.
“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,” Glover said.
Olsheske experienced difficulty when planning her recital. She was nervous and uncertain if she should perform. But, her nerves turned to joy after her recital.
“My favorite part would be the standing ovation I received at the end,” Olsheske said. “I’m an introvert and definitely NOT an attention seeker, but it felt great to know people really enjoyed what I had done.”
Glover’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 Glover and Olsheske extended special thanks to their professors without whom their success would have been impossible.
“I have grown exponentially in my singing ability and my musicianship,” Glover said.
“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,” Olsheske said.
Glover 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.
Olsheske is unsure what she will do after graduation. She said she is certain, however, that things will all work out.