On Friday, February 26, Jacksonville State University music student, Noya Levy, performed in her junior recital. After battling the flu for a week leading up to her performance, Levy wowed the audience when she walked onto the performance center stage of Mason Hall in an elegant gold gown.
Her hours upon hours of practice were being put to the test as she began her recital. Her strong, yet light voice filled the ears of a packed crowd.
Vocal majors who perform junior recitals must sing in a variety of languages. Levy’s repertoire was composed of English, German, French and Italian songs.
One of Levy’s French songs, “Si mes vers avaient des ailes,” composed by Reynaldo Hahn, holds a special place in her heart. Levy said, “That song is special to me because when my godmother died, I wasn’t able to go to her funeral. My mom told me to sing that song for them, and after I sang, her sister started crying. She told me that they had actually played that song at her funeral.
“This was obviously a sign from her and from that point on, that song holds a special place in my heart.”
The audience could tell how much the song meant to Levy. During the performance, she said she began to fight back tears remembering her godmother.
Her godmother was the primary reason why Levy decided to choose JSU as her college.
Levy had to fight back tears again once she received a standing ovation from the audience for her breathtaking performance.
Levy studies under JSU music professor, Teresa Stricklin, and retired vocal teacher, Richard Armstrong, for numerous years.
Last summer, Levy, along with fellow vocal student, Debra Mantua, participated in an exclusive opera program that placed them into the heart of Italy for nearly three weeks. The program allowed them to fine tune their technique and work with some world known opera singers.
Recitals are a required task of most music majors, general or music education. The recital is usually composed of pieces that the student has been studying and perfecting for a few years with his or her primary applied teacher.
For a student to be granted the ability to perform in recital, he or she must first pass a recital hearing in front of a panel of judges, commonly professors who are familiar with the student’s particular primary instrument, whether that be instrumental or vocal.
A student must battle nerves to perform at an acceptable level because a grade is given at the end of the performance to signify whether the recital is up to specific performance standards.
Recitals usually begin at 7:30 p.m. in the performance center of Mason Hall during the week. All recitals are added to the Mason Hall calendar.