Dordt University seniors Pamela Regnerus, organ, and Jamesdavid B. Ryan, voice, are presenting a free recital on Saturday, November 16, at 4 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. A public reception will follow.
Regnerus, of Doon, Iowa, will perform pieces of a variety of styles including a Prelude by Bach, an arrangement of a Psalm, and emotional compositions by Franck. A highlight of the recital for Regnerus is Widor’s Toccata, as she loves “the brisk tempo and the stunning composition at the end.”
Regnerus is majoring in Elementary Education. She studies organ with MaryLou Wielenga and is a church accompanist. Regnerus has been the recipient of the John and Reona Reinsma Organ Scholarship for three consecutive years, and was the recipient of the Ringerwole Organ Scholarship in 2017.
Ryan, of Hood River, Oregon, will be accompanied by Dordt University senior Retasya Badudu of Jakarta, Indonesia. He will be joined by Dordt University senior Nate Van Holland of Rock Valley, Iowa on trumpet. Ryan’s repertoire is divided into three sections: opera, art songs, and musical theater. Ryan believes these genres fit his style of singing and do a good job of showcasing his voice. For him, a highlight of the recital is “Questo amor, vergogna mia” by Giacomo Puccini because, “this is a very emotional song with lovely dynamic phrasing and it is simply a delight to sing.”
Ryan is majoring in business administration: marketing, with a minor in economics, and he studies voice with Pamela De Haan. In 2016-19, Ryan participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competition and in April 2019 placed first in the Upper Men Classical category at the Lewis & Clark NATS competition.
To learn more about Dordt University’s music program, visit www.dordt.edu/music.