Vega and McCarthy to present joint senior recital Oct. 10

Vega and McCarthy to present joint senior recital Oct. 10

Sept. 25, 2019

Maryville College seniors Chelse Vega ’20 and Michaela McCarthy ’20 will present a joint recital on Thurs., Oct. 10, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The senior recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. A reception will follow the performance.

The program will include the music of J.S. Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Aaron Copland, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Stephen Schwartz and others.

Maryville College alumnus and staff accompanist Chase Hatmaker ’14 will serve as collaborative accompanist.

Vega, a vocal music education with licensure major from Sevierville, Tenn., is a 2018 graduate of Walters State Community College graduate. She said she selected the music for her senior recital for several reasons.

“First, I believe that the various composers and styles represent a wide range of beautiful music, in multiple languages,” said Vega, who is a soprano. “I also know that I have been challenged by their difficulty, tessitura and technical issues, but I know that performing them has made me a better musician. For me, studying and performing these songs will demonstrate the obstacles I have overcome throughout my studies in college.”

McCarthy, a vocal music education with licensure major from Tampa, Fla., is a 2017 graduate of St. Petersburg College.

“Coming from a musical theater background at my former college, I have incorporated some expressive pieces throughout my work at Maryville College,” McCarthy said. “Along with this, I have been working on a wide variety of styles throughout my repertoire that has brought growth to my musicality. As a musician, my goal is to create an experience for the audience that allows them to reminisce in the true emotions of life.”


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”