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Jonathan Wyatt Presents Senior Recital


Williamsburg, Ky., - On Friday, November 9th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) student Jonathan Wyatt (Williamsburg, Ky.) presented his senior recital in the Nell Moore Recital Hall. The seats were filled with many family members and friends as he performed songs ranging from Frank LaForge to Stephen Adams. Jonathan is a voice student of Dr. David Etter and his recital was given in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree.

Jonathan presented many pieces he has prepared since his freshman year. As a Music Education Major, he has had to perform many times throughout his tenure, but the recital is the most important and it is the time to show off all of the hard work he has done to get where he is today.

“My experience at UC these past few years have been wonderful! The people that I met as well as the knowledge I have gained have helped me greatly! I’m so thankful for Dr. Smoak, Dr. Etter, and the wonderful Mrs. McFarland! They have been wonderful encouragers and have supported me in the process of having a recital to present for public performance,” said Jonathan. “I was so blessed to have friends and former classmates at my recital. I was also blessed to have lots of family, church family, as well as current students that I have at my student teaching placement at Corbin Middle School in attendance.”

In his recital, Jonathan performed many different styles of music ranging from Art Songs to Show-Tunes. As the show went on, the more difficult pieces were performed and the audience had a lot to say about his performance.

“I really enjoyed watching Jonathan improve just from the time I have attended UC. I got to see his progress for about a year and he did an absolutely amazing job!” said UC student Wesley Hale.

“Music to me is an outlet that can be used to express so many things,” said Wyatt. “Through the artistic voicing of pieces like In der Fremde and Delizie Contente, to the show-tunes from musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and The Secret Garden, to the sacred songs of At the River and The Holy City, I hope I was able to convey the ultimate purpose of music and that is life itself.”

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Kyla Edmondson, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant