For a teacher of music, few events are more intensely satisfying that a degree recital done well.
I never gave a senior recital in college, but I did sing a graduate recital, and of course had three doctoral conducting recitals.
I also supervised four junior and senior recitals at the college in Kentucky where I spent one academic year in the late 1990s.
On Friday evening last week, one of my advisees, a young man who loves to make people laugh and who has a true zest for life, gave a student recital to conclude his university studies. Domenic Mendoza sang with passion and purpose, negotiating languages quite well, and moving many of us to tears with his rendition of Malotte’s “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Astute readers will recognize Dom from the video of him curled up on my office floor as if I were a tyrant and he the lowly office clerk.
I’m proud to know this guy, and glad to know that he will yet be around for a while as a campus minister at Webster.