Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
Piece: Girolamo Frescobaldi — Se l'aura spira tutta vezzosa; John Dowland — Come Again, Sweet Love doth Now Invite
Why did you choose these pieces?
I chose these two pieces because they challenged me vocally and emotionally. Come Again, forced me to improve my diction and vowels. When examining its meaning, I was forced to become empathetic for a character that, when looking at his story, seemed overdramatic. Yet, I couldn't ridicule him and had to portray his story justly. Se l'aura spira was also a challenging piece and allowed me to practice my Italian. I really enjoyed its melody and the harpsichord accompaniment. Overall, these two pieces contrasted nicely.