Downey love of music theater lead to an award

(04-01-2009)

Siobhan Downey's, an Adams State music education/music performance major, senior recital starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Leon Memorial Building.

Learning a new piece, Downey says she "freaks out at first" and before realizing she can master the number. "It is my favorite part of singing, digging into new music." Downey said her voice professor, Dr. Christine Keitges, professor of music, knows how to "walk the line to make you do your best without being mean."

"Siobhan is a wonderfully talented singer," Keitges said. "Her love of singing and performing is evident."

Downey placed second in the National Association of Teachers Singing completion for performing "Always a Bridemaid, Never a Bride" from the musical "I Love You, You Are Perfect, Now Change". After performing the piece for a workshop conducted by Keitges she took the number to the competition.

Downey participates in the Concert and Chamber Choirs as well as 68 West, the A Capella jazz ensemble. She maintains a 3.74 grade point average, has two jobs, with a total of 11 work hours per week, and is taking 20 credit hours. Her busy schedule does not detract from her passion, "I love music, I can't really think of doing anything else."

Beth Wagstom, conducts the choir ensembles. Downey said she appreciates Wagstrom's sense of humor and that she will admit when she is wrong. "All the professors in music collaborate and get along with one another. It makes you (as a student) more accountable. If you mess up, all the professors know it. It is easy to be positive in that environment."

Wagstrom said Downey is a very talented musician and an excellent student. "She has been working with me on an independent project this semester in which she has been rehearsing a piece with the ASC Chamber Choir that she will conduct during their spring concert. She has the abilities and personality to become a very successful music educator on many levels."

Originally from Pueblo, Downey said she came to Adams State because her friend, Elizabeth Ford, grad year 2008, had a good experience here. "The class sizes are small; you can't hide and be a part of a crowd."

On her music player, Downey has an assortment of music, everything from Mozart to Aretha Franklin. "I like all music." Her love of music is hereditary, "all my family members are musicians."

With graduation less than a year away, Downey said what she will miss the most is "living smack dab in the middle of professor land." She lives off campus and often sees her professors "hanging around street corners. I don't know if there is any other place that can happen."

To continue to attract quality students, such as Downey, the Adams State College Music Department is hosting "A Noteworthy Evening" at April 5 in the Luther Bean Museum to raise money for Music Endowment Scholarships. For information call 719-587-7621.

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By Linda Relyea