Senior Annie Malin has been given the green light to appear before the judges on an upcoming season of "American Idol," and if the reaction to her solo recital on campus Saturday night was any indication, she can expect to move on to additional rounds.
Malin presented “Live Inspired” to a full house in the Recital Hall at Historic Senior Hall, and family members, faculty, staff and students gave her a standing ovation after the nearly two hour concert.
Malin performed a variety of pieces, including “Falling Slowly” from “Once,” featuring her brother, Patrick Malin, on guitar. She also performed “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from "Phantom of the Opera," a musical she says solidified her dream of performing as a career.
And there was barely a dry eye in the room when she dedicated “Someone to Watch Over Me” to her grandmother, whom she credited for inspiring her to sing. Her grandmother was in the audience and celebrating her 80th birthday.
In her program, Malin also praised her theatre and music faculty.
“I am convinced that Stephens has the all-time best professors in the world, and it is such a privilege to have been taught by such incredible people,” she wrote. “You have inspired me immensely and helped guide me into the world of performance with wisdom I now carry with me for the rest of my life.”
The solo recital is a requirement of Applied Music 402 under instructor Pam Ellsworth-Smith.
Senior Katie Pautler will perform her solo recital at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, in the Recital Hall, and Emma Marston will give her senior recital at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in the Parlors in Senior Hall.
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