By Tayla Courage
Volunteer State Community College’s Associate of Fine Arts students will perform a free Valentine’s Day voice concert Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Room 151.
The concert is scheduled for the Tuesday before Valentine’s Day so as not to interfere with Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, according to Nancy Slaughter, associate professor of music.
The performances will feature a medley of Broadway love songs selected by Slaughter and Mark Granlund, a fellow associate professor of music.
“Voice students will be singing the great songs from Musical Theater [sic] of yesterday. You will be humming a familiar tune when you leave!” according to an email from Granland.
The soloists and duets, which will include a married couple, will be accompanied by Slaughter and Granlund, respectively, on the grand piano.
Slaughter said that Vol State students enrolled in a music appreciation course may use this event as a writing opportunity for one of their required concert reports for the semester.
Sophomore Livy Blizzard, one of the performing vocal students, said that she believes the concert will be “a very wonderful affair” to showcase some of Vol State’s most talented students.
“She chose really well for each of her individual singers, as well as Mr. Granlund. So, not only will there be good songs, but there are good vocalists and the songs suit them perfectly and really show the best of their abilities,” said Blizzard.
Slaughter explained that her students have only had a couple of weeks to fully memorize their music, but she acknowledged that the presence of an audience will serve as an incentive for them to give their best performances.
“It makes them want to be even more prepared when they’re going to have an audience, so it’s very supportive for everybody to come,” said Slaughter.