Last Thursday night, all different styles of music were traveling out of The Underground. John Carroll’s campus ministry and department of liturgical music and musical arts sponsored an open mic night in order to share music around campus and let people know that the music department is present.
Students packed into any space they could find to hear their friends and colleagues share their musical talents.
The night was kicked off by a short introduction from emcees sophomore Ned Barnes and senior Sadie Curtin, followed by the opening performance by John Carroll’s female a capella group, The Sweet Carrollines.
The ladies performed a mash up of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” and Duffy’s “Mercy,” with soloists sophomore Jackie Uhlik, and junior Stephanie Debo, respectively. This was the group’s first performance of the school year.
Performances continued from many other students who sang and played a variety of instruments. One of these performances was by freshman Sophia Olson. Olson performed “Titanium,” by David Guetta.
She said that she found out about the open mic night from her Inside JCU emails and, although she was nervous, singing has always been one of her dreams.
Choosing to sing “Titanium” was an emotional decision for Olson because of some previous medical conditions that she has overcome. She said that this song shows how she can withstand anything that is put in her path.
Another group of talented singers was the Schola Cantorum. They performed “When I Fall in Love,” made famous by Nat King Cole, with soloist senior Maria Simone, and “Stand By Me” originally sung by Ben E. King, with soloist senior Chris Charlillo. The Schola Cantorum at JCU is a selective choir that sings both spiritual and secular songs for a variety of on and off campus events.
Other performances were given by junior Anthony Pero, sophomore Lexi McNichol, freshman Mikala Telgrasky, junior Andrew Tadon, freshmen David DeFlorentis, Lanasia Douglas, Duncan Peters, Evan Meindl, junior Connor Glowacki and freshmen Kelly Spellman and Greg Meehan.
Sophomore Brianna Lazarchik and junior Steven Palmieri performed a moving version of Coldplay’s “Fix You.” Lazarchik performed the vocals with Palmieri accompanying on piano.
The finale of the evening was an all male group called “Mike’s Band.” They consisted of sophomores Michael Gong on guitar and ukulele, Barnes on vocals and guitar, Justin Shoemake on vocals and piano, John Oddo on saxophone and freshman Tom Warner on drums.
These gentlemen, except Warner, also performed in John Carroll’s Spring Concert Series in April.
Cynthia Caporella, director of liturgical music and musical arts was incredibly excited about the results of the open mic night.
Caporella said the night was “a time to get together and experience the arts on campus. We are alive and well.”
She said that the purpose of the evening was to spread the word about musical opportunities on campus because they’re not always very prevalent.
Caporella described the music department as “one of the best kept secrets on campus.”
The secret is out and open mic night was a success.