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Fergus graduate prepares for solo voice recital

Published 11:11am Friday, May 3, 2013

Katharine Strom was involved in musical theater with A Center for the Arts and Fergus Falls High School, before graduating in 2008.

Now, she’s preparing for her senior voice recital at North Dakota State University.

“My voice is completely different than when I was a senior in high school,” Strom said. “It’s matured so much. It’s a complete change if someone hasn’t heard me sing. Even in the last year I’ve grown quite a bit.”

People will get the chance to hear that change at Strom’s recital, which is free and open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday at Beckwith Recital Hall at NDSU. It’s one of the last things Strom will check off her list in order to graduate with a musical theater major May 11.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Strom said. “To the point now where it really means it’s the end of classes.

“I’m mainly just excited to share with people the work I’ve put into my craft.”

Simply being able to share her music with people who support her is exciting, she said.

The soprano Strom will sing 12 songs total, and all of the repertoire is material she has worked on during her three years at NDSU.

“It’s a wide array of musical theater songs,” Strom said.

Some of the variety she’ll sing includes “Show Me” from the show “My Fair Lady,” jazz songs “Blues in the Night” and “The Man That Got Away,” and “Turning Tables” by pop star Adele. Strom will also perform a duet with her friend Lori Boucher.

“There’s a few songs, especially in my last set, that are kind of about moving on and going on to a new life,” Strom said. “Which is how I feel. That definitely hits home.”

She hopes people will come to the recital and support her before graduation, and to see the strides she’s made as a singer. She can belt out a tune, sing musical theater and pop songs, which she wasn’t always been able to do.

“I’ve grown a lot in my time here,” Strom said. “I’m very excited where I’m at as a performer and as a person in general. I would just be so honored for people to come and share this moment with me.”

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