Cowley College had a special opportunity to showcase the talents of Grammy award-winning musician Nick Stoppel during his visit to the school on Saturday.
Stoppel is a member of the Kansas City Chorale which won the 2015 Grammy award for Best Choral Performance for its most recent recording, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil.
Prior to gracing the Robert Brown Theatre stage, the multi-talented musician worked with select vocal students, Tristan Barragan, Caden Lantz, Jon Lee, Jacob Michaelis, Brittany Rosenberg, and Matthew Sinnett in a Masterclass setting.
Each student sang a piece for Stoppel and the audience and then Stoppel was able to workshop their song with them.
“The vocal masterclass on Saturday morning was such an amazing opportunity for our students,” director of vocal music Lindsay Allen said. “Each student did a fantastic job and they were all very receptive to the critiques given to improve their performance. I am so proud of these students because they really stepped up to the plate so early in the semester. It is a high-pressure situation to sing in front of people and then adding the element of being critiqued in front of an audience into the equation can really throw someone off. Each student who performed was so prepared and did an excellent job.”
As a versatile musician Stoppel has sang back up for pop and jazz artists Josh Groban and Patti Austin. His concert on Saturday was a treat for those in attendance.
“Nick has such an artistry about his performance style and the evening was spectacular,” Allen said. “We were so fortunate to have him sing on our stage. It was a highlight for me personally to sing with him and be accompanied by former director of vocal music Connie Donatelli. Singing with him and collaborating with Connie was an absolute dream.”