Bergland to give senior recital

April 09, 2012

Categories: General News

Vocalist Clarissa Berglund will perform her senior recital at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 15, in the Tabor College Chapel. The public is invited to attend.

Berglund, the daughter of Jay and Ardelle from Gettysburg, S.D., is a soprano and music education major studying under Dr. Holly Swartzendruber. She plans to graduate in May.

She has prepared a diverse program including works by classical composers as well as contemporary and American poets and playwrights.

“These songs were chosen for a number of reasons,” Berglund said. “The different songs are from a wide range of styles, eras and composers.”

The songs are challenging both technically and in artistic expression, Berglund said, helping her grow in her musicianship. She added that the selections are each interesting to her because of the unique stories they tell.

Being strengthened in both music and life are contributions from her professors that Berglund said has greatly enhanced her time at Tabor.

“The music faculty at Tabor is outstanding,” she said. “Through classes, lessons and performances, I have been stretched and challenged as a person, as a musician and as a student. My music professors have encouraged me through my college experience, and I know they believe in me and expect great things from me.”

The importance she finds in music, Berglund said, goes deeper than the directions it has taken in her academics and future career choices.

“To me, it is very powerful and meaningful when biblical or spiritual words are put to music,” she said. “The music enhances the text. I also believe that music and the arts in general are a way to express God’s beauty and glory in a way that mere words cannot.”

After graduating, Berglund will return in the fall to complete her student teaching requirements. Afterwards, she plans to teach music and pursue a master’s degree in conducting.