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Recent grads impress Chicago audiences with vocal performances

Posted: Dec 06, 2012

Reuben and Ashlie

Through achievements in graduate school and beyond, Olivet’s music graduates continually demonstrate the strength of an Olivet education.

Reuben Lillie ’10 recently performed Ralph Vaughan William’s “Songs of Travel” at Chicago’s Symphony Center, with the Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra. Ashlie McIntire ’10 will be performing the famous role of Musetta in “La Boheme” at DePaul University this spring.

“ONU students perform major solos and leading roles while still working toward their bachelor’s degree,” Dr. Neal Woodruff, professor of music said. “Our students have found that these opportunities provide them with a competitive edge both auditioning for and performing in graduate school.”

Ashlie McIntire is pursuing her master’s degree in vocal performance at DePaul. She chose DePaul because of the quality of education and the connections she would maintain with Olivet.

“While I was at Olivet, I was cast as the lead in two shows —a musical and an opera — so I had quality performing experience,” McIntire said. “In my vocal training, Dr. Woodruff chose music that was challenging and would help prepare me for roles such as this one [Musetta].”

Reuben Lillie praises his education from Olivet, saying he now has opportunities because of the preparation he received.

“Olivet is such a valuable part of my education. My current teachers have nothing but good things to say about the education I received at Olivet,” Lillie said.

This summer, he will be singing in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program.

Both Lillie and McIntire believe in their Alma Mater. “Olivet has a strong music program, so take advantage of the opportunity, work hard and do your best,” McIntire said.

“These successes are a testimony to their hard work, and the training and opportunities they received while at ONU,” Dr. Woodruff said.