HILLSBORO, Kan. – Aaron Stepanek, Hillsboro, will perform his senior voice recital at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3, in the Tabor College Chapel. The public is invited to attend.
Stepanek, the son of Randy Stepanek and Kerry Britton, is a bass and music education major who is studying under Dr. Brad Vogel.
Stepanek will perform a wide selection of music, including pieces by classical composers Mozart, Schubert and Handel, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Ned Rorem.
“These numbers were selected to show off not only vocal range,” Stepanek said, “but quality.” Communication of emotion and tale is what Stepanek hopes to accomplish through singing several of his selections.
“The Giossa piece is a sweet Romantic (era) song about love with free-flowing passages that really show off the emotion of the time period,” he said. “The German pieces allow for fun story-telling with a bit of a foreboding nature.”
Stepanek’s passion for music, he said, has been in part a result of studying at Tabor.
“Without the Tabor music department, I would not have a music career,” Stepanek said. “I have been blessed by God to learn from the professors at Tabor these last five years, and I am continually in awe of how much I feel valued as an individual by the professors.
“Dr. Vogel,” he added, “has consistently been there for me in music and education, but also during life in general.”
Stepanek attributes his musical ability to God, and hopes to share his faith through music.
“My voice is a gift from God, and I use it as such,” he said. “I seek to glorify Him whenever I take part in any singing. Over the years I have been able to sing on worship teams at church. I’ve also been in the choir at Tabor all five years, and I have greatly enjoyed going on tour every spring break as a way of spreading God’s message through music.”
After graduating in May, Stepanek will complete his student teaching obligations in the fall before applying for teaching positions.