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Faces of the CVPA – Erin O'Neil '14


Erin O'Neil (photo by Elizabeth Dreher)

Meet Erin O'Neil, a senior music student, who is presenting a student recital on Saturday, Nov. 2. See how this vocalist answered our 10 questions.

1. What is your major?
A: Music Business

2. Where are you from originally?
A: Charleston, West Virginia

3. What instrument do you play?
A: Vocal

4. When did you begin singing?
A: I have been singing ever since I was a little girl, but formally started in choir at age 7.

5. What inspired you to want to learn to sing?
A: My grandmother was a vocalist, and I was already very interested in other instruments. My mom always had my sister and I make song videos for our grandparents when we were younger. From there I just kept continuing to sing.

6. How many recitals have you been in?
A: With choir I have done numerous performances ever since I was young. I began taking private voice lessons at the age of 14 and performed in one to two recitals a year until I was 18. (I played multiple instruments and also danced, so recitals became a regular part of my life.) I have also performed in numerous departmental recitals at Radford University. My senior recital will be the longest recital that I have ever performed on my own. On top of voice, I performed in multiple violin and piano recitals from age six to 14.

7. What is your favorite thing about being in a recital?
A: Recitals give you such an adrenaline rush because they are both exciting and nerve racking! However, I believe my favorite thing would be sharing my joy in music with others. I hope to express this through my dedication to music and to my craft, and a passion for the art.

8. What style of music do you enjoying singing the most?
A: Ever since studying vocal music I have been torn between my love of opera and my love of musical theater. These two styles are so exciting and fun, but both in very different ways.

9. How do you feel when you are singing in a recital?
A: At the beginning of recitals I get extremely nervous! My hands begin to tremble and frequently so do my knees. When that happens I get even more nervous for fear that people will notice, but after a while I become comfortable with the stage again. I realize that on that stage, in front of all of those people, is where I truly want to be; no matter how scary it seems at first.

10. What are your plans for after you graduate?
A: This is the million dollar question that I have been asked by many people. As a graduating senior I should have a more definitive plan, but as the life of a musician goes, I'm still figuring it out. My goal is to audition for different shows, whether they are opera or musical theater. It has always been a dream of mine to perform and I plan on pursuing and fulfilling that dream.

Recital Information

Saturday, Nov. 2
3:00 p.m.
Performance Hall in the Covington Center

Oct 28, 2013