Lindquist Honored With Award for Promising Music Future
Sarah Lindquist, a senior vocal performance major at North Greenville University, recently competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and received the Gene Ferguson award as a promising vocalist.
According to Lindquist, the “auditions are open to classical vocalists from ages 20-30 beginning at the state level and, if you're fortunate, ending in New York City in a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House.”
The application to participate in the opera “tryouts” dictates that singers must be prepared to perform no less than five separate pieces, with a minimum of two languages represented. Additionally, two of the five opera arias must be presented before a panel of designated judges.
Although Lindquist was not granted the opportunity to move on to the next round of competition, out of the 38 opera singers who competed for the final four spots, she was the youngest and the most promising future prospect that took the stage. For these reasons, judge Bénédicte Jourdois influenced his peers to select Lindquist for the award.
When asked about how the award was a reflection of her work ethic and character, Lindquist responded with, “I cannot talk about my successes as a performer without giving glory to God for leading me down this path. I don't believe receiving the award reflects anything about my character at all, but rather it reflects the faithful character of God who loves to give good gifts to His children.”
The humble attitude, work ethic, and performance abilities of Lindquist serve as a testament to not only the overall talent represented in the NGU music department, but to the dedication that the advisors and professors, such as Dr. Cheryl Greene (the faculty member that encouraged Lindquist to perform at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions), put in to the futures of students under their tutelage.
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