Vocal Recital Supports Local Breast Cancer Fund
The pink breast cancer ribbon. Courtesy of Wikipedia/Messer Woland.

Vocal Recital Supports Local Breast Cancer Fund

One senior’s capstone project might be more than just the conclusion to her college career.

When deciding what to do for her final project, Jackie Freeberg, senior arts management and applied voice major, decided to combine not only both of her majors but also to make an impact on an issue that is very important to her.

Last semester Freeberg came up with the idea of having a vocal recital centered around the theme of breast cancer awareness. With October being breast cancer awareness month and since Freeberg has known individuals who have won and lost their battles against breast cancer, she felt this was the proper route for her project.

“I wanted to do something that would make a difference before I Ieft,” Freeberg said. “This is something that is really important to me.”

Freeberg, along with the rest of the music department, watched as Professor Thayer, choral director, underwent her fight against breast cancer.

“Seeing it every day is a lot different than knowing someone who has it, and it just made that drive to do something to help that much stronger,” Freeberg said.

Her project “Performers in Pink” will feature 20 vocal performers with each performance being related to women in some form. Each piece performed on the recital has either been composed by a woman, is about a woman or is sung by a female character.

Aly Evans, junior music education major who will be singing for the recital, notes how this event not only helps bring more awareness to breast cancer but also spotlights female vocal composers who are not as prevalent as male composers. Evans is also a percussionist and has been inspired by Freeberg to possibly do a similar recital of her own sometime in the future.

“I think this is a really cool thing,” Evans said. “I would maybe go the route of a percussion recital that is written by female percussionists because there are so few of those as well.”

Donations will be accepted at the door with the proceeds going to the local St. Michael’s Hospital Breast Cancer Fund, which not only helps educate on the warning signs for breast cancer but also helps financially assist patients who cannot afford their medical bills.

“It’s a local charity, which is what I really like about it instead of some big corporation,” Freeberg said.

“Performers in Pink” will take place in Michelson hall on Wednesday at 4 p.m., with an open reception and food to follow.


Michael Schnell




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