Two Freed-Hardeman University students and a recent graduate took their vocal talents from Chapel Hall to Carnegie Hall Feb. 2-6, when they participated in the Young Adult Honors Performance Series in New York City. Austin England, a law and politics major from Gallatin, Tennessee, Parker Pearce, a Bible major from Greenfield, Missouri, and Abby Lambert, a 2016 theatre graduate living in Sacramento, California, performed with the 85-person chorus.
Awed by Carnegie Hall, Lambert described the experience, “I made it a point not to look up. You look up, and you just keep looking up because it’s so huge. It was the most surreal moment ever,” Lambert said. “To think about all the people who had been on that stage before . . . wow. I can add my name to that list.”
Dr. Jeffrey Redding directed the Sunday performance that concluded the weekend. Participants memorized 80 pages of music and spent countless hours rehearsing for the performance that lasted less than an hour.
FHU music professors Dr. Richard England, Dr. Gary McKnight and Dr. Alan Kinningham nominated their students. The audition process included submitting a biographical statement and a performance recording. After having waited to hear, Pearce explained, “I was in the Henderson Church of Christ parking lot when I got the email. I stood there for the next hour calling people!”