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Mikaela McGarrah senior vocal recital at Evangel, April 3

Published on Mar 29, 2018 by Mallory Johnson

“If I am in a Title I school, but am giving students hope for their future and love for the present, I imagine that as ‘living the dream.’”

Mikaela McGarrah will present her senior voice recital at Evangel University on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnet Fine Arts Center.

This event is free and the public is invited to attend.

McGarrah, a Bentonville, Ark. native, is the daughter of of Dennis and Linda McGarrah. She is a music education major and a voice student of Dr. Grace St. Pierre. After graduation, she will be student teaching at Republic High School in the Fall of 2018.

“I chose Music Education because I love people,” McGarrah said. “My main passion is making people feel appreciated and loved. Music has always been an integral part of my life; I’ve been singing since I was 9. Choir brings many musical and life skills to the table. Not only do you get to sing beautiful literature, but you also get to learn different languages, sing in a unified body of people, and create experiences that last a life time. One moment of music can change a person’s life forever; that is something I want to be a part of.”

McGarrah’s combined passion for music and people has helped shaped how she sees her future.

“It’s hard to answer what my dream career would be,” she said. “I find joy in the little things of being a high school choir director. I don’t think that the ‘dream’ is within the vocation. It comes from the action within. My dream doesn’t lie within the place that I will be in, but instead the impact that I will have on the students. If I am in a Title I school, but am giving students hope for their future and love for the present, I imagine that as ‘living the dream.’”

McGarrah will be accompanied by Emily Moore and will be performing duets with Ashley Devries and Jonathan Alvarado.


Hark! The Echoing Air” by Henry Purcell

Laudamus te” by Antonio Vivaldi

  • Featuring Ashley DeVries

Et exultavit spiritus meus” by J. S. Bach

Affanni del pensier” by G. F. Handel

Non so più cosa son” by W. A. Mozart

Die Mainacht” by Johannes Brahms

Die Nacht” by Richard Strauss

Frühlingsnacht” by Robert Schumann

“Chanson triste” by Henri Duparc

“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” by Georges Bizet



“Ah, Love But a Day!” by Amy Beach

Do Not Go My Love” by Richard Hageman

In the Dark Pine-wood” by Ben Moore

“The Prayer” by David Foster

  • Featuring Jonathan Alvarado

“Only in Sleep” by Ēriks Ešenvalds

  • Featuring students Ashley Devries, Mariah Stelling, Kathryn Baker, Mason Kohler, Isaac DeAssis, Tre’von White, Nicholas Cole, Chris Pereira, Jonathan Alvarado, Jordan Lemons, Joshua Little, Ephraim McFarland, Juliana Beatie, Heather Culbertson, Rachel Zimmerman and Melissa Gadd

Music at Evangel

The Department of Music at Evangel University offers majors in music education, music performance, recording technology and worship leadership. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments & Schools of Music.

For more information, visit or contact the Music Department at (417) 865-2811, ext. 7212.