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Alumni Success

Eryn LeCroy, Vocal Performance, 2014

What are you doing now?

After graduation and the OCU showcase in New York City, I was one of 32 young artists with Seagle Music Colony for nine weeks. Directly after that, I traveled to Minneapolis where I began rehearsals and performances as Emma Carew in the national tour of Jekyll and Hyde. I have performed across the country for the past seven months. Our tour just took its final bow last week.

Why did you choose to get your education from OCU?

I took several factors into consideration in choosing OCU. First, after taking a trial lesson from Dr. William Christensen, I knew I wanted to study voice with him over my four years at OCU. Not only did he build upon my technique, but he also challenged and polished my voice while remaining a positive mentor in my life. Second, I knew I wanted to attend a school that would unceasingly give me opportunities to perform. Even though my primary focus was opera, I performed in musicals, plays, performances with our choirs in conjunction with the Oklahoma Philharmonic, and even sang the national anthem at four different Thunder games! Finally, I chose OCU because of the heart of the students and the faculty. People genuinely care at OCU, and not solely about your career, but, more importantly, about your well-being. From the moment I stepped onto the campus, I noticed how students supported and encouraged their peers. Whenever I needed guidance, I knew I could always rely on faculty, particularly in the music school, to lend me an eager and helping hand.

What was your experience in the classroom and on campus?

I, like most students, received a lot of individualized attention in the classroom. My classes were never more than 30 students and averaged around 15 students. This opened up a lot of room for class discussions and group projects. My peers never hesitated in taking the time to ask questions during class.

OCU prepared me well for my career because it stretched and broadened my performance abilities by giving me so many opportunities to perform in multiple different outlets.

Do you feel like OCU prepared you well for your career? Does anything you learned specifically stick out to you?

OCU prepared me well for my career because it stretched and broadened my performance abilities by giving me so many opportunities to perform in multiple different outlets. It is incredibly important to be a flexible and versatile performer. Additionally, my experience working with industry professionals through OCU and OCUNYC is irreplaceable. They have continued to guide and connect me along this career path. Consistently applying a strong work ethic in the rehearsal room and throughout performances is one of the most vital tools I took from my time at the Bass School of Music. I have to give a sincere thank you to Dr. David Herendeen, Professor Karen Miller, Professor Jan McDaniel, Dr. Mathew Mailman, and Dr. William Christensen. Because of their dedication to professionalism, they set the standard high in my life. Not only was I prepared going into rehearsals with my first professional job with the national tour of Jekyll and Hyde, but I also never stopped challenging my creativity, musicality, and professional conduct both inside and outside the performance space.