C of I music standouts prepare for senior recitals

Over their last four years as music students at The College of Idaho, Megan Croft, Emily Peters and Brent Ruddy have traveled the world to learn and perform, including trips to San Francisco, Italy and China – and now each will cap off successful undergraduate careers with senior recitals.

Croft will kick things off at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, inside Langroise Recital Hall, while Peters will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in Langroise. Ruddy’s recital will be held at 5 p.m. May 19 at the Bird Stop Coffeehouse in Caldwell.

While the three students have frequently performed together as members of the College’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, their recitals will be an opportunity for each to showcase some of their favorite works as soloists.

Croft, a soprano music major with an emphasis in vocal performance, will perform classical and art works in four different languages. She said her set will have “a taste for everything,” from fast and upbeat operatic arias to slower and more somber art songs.

“I can’t think of a better way to cap off my college experience than to really show how I’ve grown and what I’m capable of now,” Croft said. “When I first came to C of I, I felt a lot more insecure about my music. This school has really helped push me in a positive direction. It’s helped me gain technical knowledge, but beyond that, it’s helped me to develop a drive for myself, not just as a musician and a professional, but as a person.”

Unlike Croft and Ruddy, Peters did not formally study music as a major or a minor. Instead, the art major kept up with music entirely as an elective, performing or stage managing three different operas. She intends for her recital to be have a formal, black-tie style, with a repertoire reflective of the passion she has for music.

“I love singing,” Peters said. “It’s a very cathartic release for me. I always try to put at least one foot in the music and theatre realm and one in art. I think this recital is the inevitable conclusion to my time here. I like being diverse, which I feel like is something this school emphasizes.”

Ruddy, a music composition and theory major, has focused his senior recital primarily on his jazz compositions. A longtime member of the College’s jazz performing groups, Ruddy will perform with his own five-piece jazz combo for the recital, which will include a feature performance of one of his original vocal jazz compositions with the help of C of I’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

“The themes I try to write around are marrying the technical and intellectually deep concepts with what is emotionally accessible,” Ruddy said. “Some of the new approaches to harmony might catch you off guard, but it doesn’t change how you’ll interact with the music on that emotional level.”

Each recital is free to the public and suitable for all ages.

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