Music Department Highlights: Final Semester

The Judson College Music Department celebrated a full final semester this spring. Despite concert cancellations and rehearsal restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Judson music students and faculty worked hard to make their performances count. In addition to Chapel performances, music students, under the leadership of Dr. Jessica Spafford (Department Head and Assistant Professor of Music), gave individual recitals, Musical hors d’oeuvres performances, a Studio Recital, and a Spring Choral Concert.

The department also hosted the Samford String Quartet March 9–Judson’s first public in-person recital in nearly a year, since COVID-19 restrictions limited performance opportunities.

The department graduated three seniors: Jyasmine Torres, Ti-Ara Turner, & Lela Ball, at Judson’s April 30 Commencement.

Student junior and senior recital recaps and photos are below:

Alexandra McKay

Judson College junior and mezzo-soprano Alexandra McKay performed in a junior voice recital March 18 in Alumnae Auditorium at Judson College.

McKay, a Talladega, Ala., native, is earning a double major at Judson in Music and Art. McKay has travelled and performed with the Judson Singers, participated in a Musical Scenes Workshop, and sung in Musical hors d’oeuvres recitals each semester. Her vocal training has allowed her to learn a diverse repertoire of music in a multitude of styles and languages. McKay’s junior recital featured works in English, Latin, French, German, and Spanish by such composers as Vivaldi, Brahms, Debussy, and Cole Porter. McKay was accompanied by Miriam Nicholson, collaborative pianist and Judson graduate.

View more photos from the recital here: https://judsoncollege.smugmug.com/Alexandra-McKay-Junior-Recital/

Patricia Scholz

Junior and soprano Patricia Scholz performed in a junior voice recital March 30 in Alumnae Auditorium.

Scholz, a music major from Tuscaloosa, Ala., has participated in Judson Singers, Musical and Opera Scenes, Studio Voice Recital, Musical hors d’oeuvres, and is a prospective member of Delta Omicron, a national music fraternity.  Scholz has also participated in masterclasses at various universities and was selected through an audition process for Alabama All-State choir for three years. Her love for music has inspired her to pursue a graduate degree in music therapy.

Scholz’s recital featured works in English, Italian, French, and German by such composers as Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Reynaldo Hahn, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Rodgers, Ernest Charles, and H. Liljebjorn. Scholz was accompanied by Miriam Nicholson, collaborative pianist and Judson graduate.

View more photos from the recital here: https://judsoncollege.smugmug.com/Music-Recitals-2020-2021/Patricia-Scholz-Junior-Recital/

Leah Hyche & Lela Ball 

Soprano Leah Hyche and mezzo-soprano Lela Ball gave a joint recital April 1, 2021. Both were accompanied by Miriam Nicholson, collaborative pianist and Judson graduate.

Leah Hyche, junior soprano from Phenix City, Ala., is majoring in psychology and minoring in music, with a special focus in Youth and Family Studies. She is a member of the Judson Singers and served Judson as Resident Assistant, Judson Ambassador, and member of the Chapel committee. Hyche has performed throughout the southeast with Alabama Baptist choirs and bands and has led worship at various churches and in Judson’s Chapel services. Hyche also treasures a love of theater, performing many starring roles in local and community productions. After completing her education, Hyche dreams of becoming a counselor to families in ministry and directing church music.

Hyche performed works in English, Latin, and French by composers Reynaldo Hahn, Earnest Charles, Louis Campbell-Tipton, Georges Bizet, and Sy and Jill Jackson-Miller. Hyche expressed her love of music theater with tunes from The Secret Garden (Lucy Simon) and West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein).

Lela Ball, an Athens, Ala., native, majored in English and minored in music at Judson. Ball was a member of the Judson Singers choir and served as a Judson Ambassador and English Club President. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Judson April 30 and plans to pursue a doctorate in Creative Writing.

Ball performed works in English, Latin, and German by such composers as Mozart, Joachim Raff, Roger Quilter, and James H. Rogers, along with songs from musicals such as Pretty Woman and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Hyche and Ball concluded their concert with a duet: “Some Things are Meant to Be” from Little Women (Alexandre Desplat).

View more photos from the recital here: https://judsoncollege.smugmug.com/Music-Recitals-2020-2021/Leah-Hyche-Lela-Ball-Joint-Recital/

Jyasmine Torres & Ti-Ara Turner

Seniors Jyasmine Torres and Ti-Ara Turner gave a joint recital April 8.

Jyasmine Torres, soprano, majored in Biology and minored in Music and Chemistry at Judson. A Dothan, Ala., native, Torres was a member of the Judson Singers and performed in Musical hors d’oeuvres, Musical Scenes Workshop, and many other department studio recitals. She completed a project through Judson’s honors program, in which she studied the use of music therapy in Major Depressive Disorder. Torres received her degree with distinction in Judson’s final Commencement April 30.

Torres performed works in English, Italian, and German by composers W.A. Mozart, Stefano Donaudy, Franz Schubert, Louis Campbell-Tipton, Celsius Dougherty, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Lucy Simon. Torres was accompanied by Miriam Nicholson, collaborative pianist and Judson graduate.

Ti-Ara Turner, pianist, also graduated from Judson April 30 with a biology major and music and chemistry minors. Turner, a Montgomery, Ala., native, has been playing piano since she was four years old and refers to the instrument as her first love. In addition to her piano recitals and performances, Turner is a section leader for the Judson Singers and often accompanies her peers in performances. Turner is President of Judson’s Delta Psi Chapter of Delta Omicron, the national music fraternity and honor society. She is a member of Tri-Beta biology honor society and Science Club, and she has tutored her peers in music, biology, and math. In 2020 she was selected for a prestigious internship with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Research Experience for Undergraduates (DISL REU) program. Turner completed an honors project She has also served as a Leading and Mentoring Peer (L.A.M.P.) and as class secretary for three years. This fall, Turner is joining the University of Iowa’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in immunology.

Turner’s recital featured works by such composers as Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Amy Beach, and Larry Shackley.

Torres and Turner performed their last selection together: “Con te partiro” by Francesco Sartori.

View more photos from the recital here: https://judsoncollege.smugmug.com/Music-Recitals-2020-2021/Ti-Ara-Turner-Jyasmine-Torres-Joint-Recital/

Lauren Adkinson

Junior and soprano Lauren Adkinson performed in a junior voice recital April 13 in Alumnae Auditorium.

Adkinson is a psychology major and music minor at Judson. She is a former Judson softball player, a soprano in the Judson Singers, the Third Year Judson Honor Council Representative, a member of Athletic Board, and a Leading and Mentoring Peer (L.A.M.P.). After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to earn graduate degrees in Counseling and to continue her passion for singing.

Adkinson’s recital featured works in English, Italian, French, and German by such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Richard Strauss, Liza Lehmann, and Florence Price. Adkinson was accompanied by Miriam Nicholson, collaborative pianist and Judson graduate.

View more photos from the recital here: https://judsoncollege.smugmug.com/Music-Recitals-2020-2021/Lauren-Adkinson-Junior-Recital/