ALO students perform in Coker College recital

Hartsville High School students Sarah Floyd, Nicole Hyman and Alex Morrison presented a recital of songs at Coker College on Sunday, February 23. The performance was the culmination of training received through the ALO program of the Partners for Unparalleled Local Scholastic Excellence (PULSE) initiative. The performance included selections in contrasting styles and periods ranging from classical to modern. All music was sung from memory and highlighted foreign language skills. Floyd, Hyman and Morrison have been enrolled in the ALO program since its inception in 2011.

Encouraged at an early age by the church organist, soprano Sarah Floyd knew she wanted to pursue music. She performed a range of works including “Va Godendo” by Handel, “Jazz Man” by Britten, and “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” by Frederick Loewe from Camelot. However, it was the Schubert, “Liebhaber in allen Gestalten” that her voice shone in its clear tones and German phrasing. She will be attending Coker College in the fall of 2014 to pursue a major in music.

Tenor Alex Morrison showed his versatility through compositions by Benjamin Britten, Henry Purcell, Gabriel Faure` and Stephen Foster. His performance of “Kansas City” by Richard Rodgers from Oklahoma showed off his vocal and acting skills. Morrison says, “I liked my music classes because they made me feel good the better I got. I feel like I accomplished something. Now I want to teach others so they will enjoy music.” Morrison plans to major in music education when he graduates this year.

Soprano Nicole Hyman auditioned for the ALO program after becoming involved in community and school theatre. She says, “The courses took discipline. It was more work than I thought. I really respect what singers do after taking these courses.” Hyman opened her performance with Scarlatti’s “Se Florindo `e fedele.” Hyman and Floyd completed the recital with a lively duet as Galinda and Elphaba in “What is this Feeling” by Stephen Schwartz from Wicked.