Junior recital to feature soprano Bethany Walker

Release Date: 11/9/2010

Bethany Walker's love of music goes back as far as she can remember.

Bethany Walker

Ozarks junior Bethany Walker will perform several musical pieces during her Junior Recital.

“I come from a musical family and it seems like we were always singing --- in church, at family reunions, just everywhere,” she said. “Music has always been a big part of my life.”

Today, Walker’s singing talents are at University of the Ozarks and they will be on display during her Junior Recital, scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Rowntree Recital Hall, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

Walker, a junior music/voice major from Ozark, Ark., will use her soprano voice to perform eight musical pieces during the recital. Walker will sing in four different languages --- English, German, Italian and French, performing each of the eight classical works in their original language.  Piano accompaniment will be provided by Dr. Sharon Gorman, U of O professor of music,

“The junior recital is not required, but my voice teacher (instructor Kristina Buck) felt like it would be good practice for my senior recital,” Walker said. “Learning to sing the music in their original languages really challenged me as a musician and has been a great experience.”

“Even though I’ve had voice lessons since I was 13, when I first came here I was a little timid and still unsure of myself,” she said. “Having the opportunity to work with my music professors and sing in recitals and concerts has definitely given me more versatility and a wider range in my singing. I also have much more confidence in myself. All of my professors have played a role in helping me develop my talent. Ozarks has definitely been the right place for me.”

Walker, who also plays the piano and the flute, said her time at U of O has helped develop her as a more confident, well-rounded musician. She hopes to one day teach music on the college level, and is already putting her musical training to use, teaching voice and piano lessons to14 middle-school-aged students in her hometown of Ozark.

“My music teachers growing up always said to me that music is something that you can do and enjoy for the rest of your life,” Walker said. “It’s so great to see young children really get into music and to know that they will be able to enjoy it for the rest of their lives.”

The Junior Recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at 979-1349.