Walter Mencken 2 p.m., Aug. 22
Recital season is starting up. Between now and May, most music students will be giving their junior or senior recitals.
I talked to Mezzo-soprano Alexandra Rodrick about her senior recital preparations.
Alex was the third place winner in the Young Artist Competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing in the spring of 2009 and most recently won the Dorothy Haugh Greiner Award, the highest encouragement prize given by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions of San Diego.
Alex has been in a couple productions with San Diego Opera, she’s sang principle roles with the Point Loma Opera Theater and has auditioned for graduate school at USC, University of Maryland, and will go to Yale to audition next week.
Not just anyone can audition for these schools. Prospective students must submit materials to a screening process before being granted an audition.
I asked Alex how much time she’s put into her senior recital.
“I've probably put in somewhere around eighty hours of actual singing in preparation of this recital specifically, plus an additional eighty to one hundred hours of listening, translating, etc., and at least another twenty hours dealing with logistics. So what's that? A hundred and fifty to two hundred hours total? All of that has been in the last two months.”
How many hours have you put in total?
“Since I started studying voice? Gosh, I have no idea. It would probably pan out to about an hour a day over the past four years, so close to 1,500 hours? I'm not the best at keeping up with practice logs, so that's kind of a shot in the dark.”
Alex will be singing music of Schumann, Mussorgsky, Foster, Rossini, Massenet, and Messiaen. Her recital is this Sunday, February 26th at 7:30 in Crill Auditorium on the Point Loma Nazarene Campus.