Self-taught music major presents senior recital

| April 29, 2013

Jacqueline Comola. Photo by Alexis Simmont ’11.

Jacqueline Comola has always loved music, but never took voice or piano lessons until she came to Sweet Briar. Four years later, the music and religion major is giving her senior recital. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Memorial Chapel.

In addition to playing two songs on the piano, Comola will sing pieces by Mozart, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jacopo Peri and others, accompanied by Sweet Briar piano instructor Anna Billias.

Growing up, Comola discovered her passion for singing in choirs and musical theater. In elementary school, she “fell in love” with the piano and began playing it on her own, all the way through high school.

“In college I made a commitment to regular lessons and continue taking lessons now,” she says.

The only instrument she learned to play with the help of a teacher is the guitar, in eighth grade. Today, Comola’s busy schedule doesn’t leave room for guitar lessons, but she continues to practice regularly. And for the music natural, there’s always time to squeeze in another instrument.

“I recently became the proud owner of a banjo, too, and am currently learning how to play!”

In between voice, piano, guitar and banjo, the Austin native still finds time to get involved on campus. A member of Briar Patch, Comola is also the secretary of BAM and works at the music library and as a recruiting assistant in the admissions office.

For more information about the concert, contact Marcia Thom at (434) 381-6221 or mthom@sbc.edu.

Janika Carey

Category: Academics, Music