First Fridays Online
October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pmFree
Sanya Shah, soprano, and Lauren Ragsdale, mezzo soprano
Night | Florence Price
In the Springtime | Betty Jackson King
I’m a Poor Lil’ Orphan in this World | Julia Perry
Songs to the Virgin | Florence Price
Sympathy | Florence Price
Calvary | Betty Jackson King
Hold Fast to Dreams | Florence Price
Sanya Shah is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Neuroscience and Music and plans to attend medical school after graduating. She enjoys learning about how the brain and music influence each other, and hopes to use this knowledge to help people struggling with PTSD, Autism, Alzheimer’s, and other impairments. She works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Zylka Lab, focusing on a project that studies pain and opioid effectiveness. She is currently working on starting a Music Medicine group through the pre-health honors society (AED) in order to provide patients with the healing benefits of music. She studied with Sara Westermark for 8 years before joining Dr. Jeanne Fischer’s studio at the beginning college. She especially loves performing with UNC Opera and the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble!
Lauren Ragsdale is a junior at UNC majoring in Music and Dramatic Arts B.A. programs, and hopes to pursue a minor in Entrepreneurship. Originally from Tennessee, she moved to North Carolina and has lived in Charlotte for two years. She has studied under Dr. Jeanne Fischer since her freshman year, and has performed with UNC Opera, Black Arts Theatre Company, Kenan Theatre Company, Pauper Players, and LAB. Lauren’s recent collaborations include Theatre in the Park, Burning Coal Theatre, Women’s Theatre Festival, and Eno River Players, in both Durham and Raleigh. At UNC, she founded and remains president of the book club A Novel Idea, and is a member of A Moment of Magic, where she volunteers as a princess and visits UNC hospitals and local homes for children. She also teaches voice with Musical Empowerment, and organizes Praise Nite at Newman Church. After college, she hopes to attend graduate school and receive an M.F.A. in either acting or vocal performance.
The Fall 2020 First Fridays series, cosponsored by Arts Everywhere, features students performing works by underrepresented voices. All performances have been pre-recorded for health and safety.