The Fall Festival of Song


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The Fall Festival of Song is a showcase recital for voice students that includes lower- and upper-division majors and minors and applied voice non-majors. All of their hours of practice culminated in this performance. Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, director of the SMSU Chorale, Bella Voce, Men’s Glee Club, and the applied voice program was excited to watch the students’ performance and to witness their progress for the first time this semester. Presenting a well-rounded mix of singers:  

Aayush Bajracharya – Bass 

Margeaux Belanger – Mezzo-soprano 

Emily Berscheit – Soprano 

Rachael Blake – Mezzo-soprano  

Whitney Burns – Soprano 

Alexis Christensen – Soprano  

Jack Elbert – Baritone  

Samantha Hotzler – Soprano  

Jennifer Lage – Soprano  

Madeline Lambert  Soprano 

Jung (Zoe) Lin – Soprano  

Taylor McDonald – Soprano  

Ryan Ohm – Tenor 

Chris Syphokham – Baritone 

Megan Thooft – Soprano 

Cheyenne Volk – Soprano 


With nerves high and the doors of First Lutheran closed, one after another took the stage to sing their hearts out accompanied by Stacey Bosveld and Angela Fischer. Songs ranged from African American Spirituals to bouncy German pieces to somber ones telling tales of loss and abandonment. Although the range in type of songs and topics was great, not one was a disappointment to the ears.