Charlotte Cole, a performance major in voice at UWG, performed her very last soloist recital of her UWG career on Thursday, March 26, at the Cashen Recital Hall. It was a bittersweet recital as her family and friends as well as fellow students from UWG attended to see her perform. She was dressed perfectly in a blue, sparkling dress.
As some musicians, family plays an important role in nurturing their dreams. For Cole, it was her grandfather.
“I wanted to study music because my grandfather opened a very successful family-owned record company in the 70’s,” said Cole. “He and I had a very close relationship, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
Cole will be graduating this spring, and she has big dreams for the future.
“After graduation, I plan on continuing my education and one day teach college,” said Cole. “The teachers I have had during my time at UWG have helped me grow not only musically, but as a person, and I hope to one day have that effect on students.”
Cole took her position in the front of the stage. Her nerves were tamed as she sang each song with confidence. Every performance was amazing and very intriguing. From the first song, “Ombra Mai Fu” (from Xerxes) by George Frideric Handel, her flawless soprano range grasped the audience.
At one point during her performance, she became hesitant, but then addressed the audience. She thanked Dr. Julie Lowry, vocal instructor for UWG.
“Thank you for coming to see my last time singing here for UWG,” said Cole. “I am glad you all came out to see me, and I hope you enjoyed it. I would not have believed in myself if it wasn’t for you.”
Cole then proceeded to capture the audience with her high-range notes as she belted ballads songs in Italian, German, French and English. In total, she sang 14 songs demonstrating her vocal talents. Among these songs, were familiar religious melodies such as “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert, “Go’Way from My Window and Lass” from The Low Countree by John Jacob Niles, “In the Mornin’” by Charles Ives and “Steal Away” by Harry T. Burleigh.
Most of the songs were something that she enjoyed working on, and it took her some time to practice them. With the help of her voice instructor, and her diligent practice, she was able to put out a remarkable performance that her family and friends were proud of.
Even though some of the songs were not well known, the audience was still engaged throughout her performance. As the recital came to an end, the audience respectively stood to give her a well-deserved standing ovation.