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Senior Recital Shines Spotlight on Amazing Talent

Senior Recital Shines Spotlight on Amazing Talent

Two things became clear as our six stellar musicians and singers performed their Senior Recital on Sunday—we will surely miss them after they graduate, and their talents and charisma have truly blessed us during their time on the hilltop.

Indeed, the amount of joy that Eliza Agredano, Irene Chen, Jose “Pepe” Hanze, Asher Hughes, Morgan Lau, and Ryan Oemcke have brought to our community through their music has been extraordinary—and the Senior Recital was no different. Accompanied on many songs by fellow members of the Honors Contemporary Music Band, the super six performed a fabulous mix of classic and newer tracks, from Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and The Eagles’ Desperado to John Mayer’s Wild Blue and Taylor Swift’s Never Grow Up.

Also accompanying them were visiting musicians Chris Martirano on piano and Ron Stahl on drums, Director of Music David Overthrow on bass, and Performing Arts Chair and Music Teacher Christopher Rich on piano. The event was held in the L. Michael Sheehy ’56 Choral Classroom before an enthusiastic audience of family, friends, and members of the Canterbury community.

Eliza was grateful to be a part of it. “Music has always been an integral part of my life, and at Canterbury, I have perfected my craft and gained a newfound love and comfort through it,” she said. “The Senior Recital was a collective effort we were all excited about, and there were tears shed as we reflected on all our hard work and time together.”

The lasting bond formed by the students was obvious not only from their chemistry on stage but their closeness off of it. “The recital was my favorite concert I have performed here at Canterbury,” Asher shared. “It was the perfect way to sum up the experience we had working with Mr. Overthrow and to show how much we have grown since freshman year. This group is like a family, and I love them all.” 

Dave was feeling the love as he played alongside his students, and he admired their passion and dedication. “I am immensely proud of our senior performers. Their recital was truly magnificent and commanding. As they poured their emotions into their art, it was evident that this culmination was the result of thousands of hours of practice and rehearsal during their time at Canterbury,” he said. “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each for allowing me to accompany them on this musical journey and for contributing to the creation of lasting memories. This showcase underscored the profound impact and significance of music in their lives.” 

We join Dave in applauding these supremely talented students and wish them all the best in their future successes. Bravo, Saints!