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Jeff Daugherty Presents Senior Recital


Williamsburg, Ky.- On Saturday, March 23rd University of the Cumberlands (UC) senior music major Jeff Daugherty (London, Ky.) presented his Senior Recital in the Nell Moore Recital Hall located on campus.

Daugherty is a student of Dr. Jeff Smoak and this recital was given in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music degree. His recital included performances of the music he has learned and performed over the past four years. Languages including German, French, Italian, and English were presented.

“Over the past four years, it’s been a lot of hard work and singing in recital was a lot harder than someone would imagine it to be. I spent a lot of time in the overall preparations for the event itself,” said Jeff. “The week building up to the performance was the most stressful and I spent about an hour and half every night of the week polishing and cleaning up my music to make it the best it could be.”

Jeff began with a collection of songs from the song cycle called “I Said to Love” from composer Gerald Finzi including: I need not go, For Life I had never cared greatly, and I said to Love. Later, he performed songs by various composers such as George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Richard Strauss. Ending the recital, Jeff performed selections from various Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. His last piece was titled “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge, which he performed in duet with soprano, Bethany Sturdivant.

“Singing with Bethany was one of the easiest things I’ve had to do for the recital. She and I work really well together and so the preparation just flowed and the song brought out strengths in both of us,” said Daugherty.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that I am now finished performing as a requirement. It’s a big relief to know that it’s over but at the same time, I hate that I’m not going to be able to attend voice lessons every week and continue to improve. Dr. Smoak is a wonderful teacher and he taught me a lot about what it means to be a successful singer and I definitely couldn’t have done this without him. It’s not going to be the same without having to do all of the hard work I’ve had to continuously put in over the past four years,” said Daugherty.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.