W&L Presents Senior Recital with Nat Ledesma ‘23 Ledesma’s voice recital will be held in person and via Livestream on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m.
Nat Ledesma ’23 will perform a wide-ranging voice recital on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in the Wilson Concert Hall. Ledesma, a mezzo-soprano, is a vocal music education major from Missouri City, Texas.
The performance is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed online at livestream.com/wlu.
To select pieces for the recital, Ledesma collaborated with Gregory Parker, W&L professor of music who serves as their thesis advisor and voice teacher. The show will feature arias by George Frideric Handel, Gabriel Fauré’s “L’horizon chimérique,” and a selection of art songs in Spanish and German, then conclude with a set of musical theater numbers. Ledesma chose songs that focus on character, but the musical theater selections are particularly meaningful because they represent Ledesma’s personal growth and discovery and their journey to self-acceptance and appreciation.
Ledesma, a member of the university’s prestigious Choral Conducting Mentorship Program, describes their musical studies at W&L as difficult but fulfilling, and credits their work in the department of music with helping them grow in their confidence as a performer and conductor during their time on campus. Ledesma is also appreciative of the support they have received from Shane Lynch, professor of music and director of choral activities, who has been their most significant influence at W&L.
“[Professor Lynch] has been there for me every step of the way, and when I think of the teacher I want to be one day, he’s the first person that pops into my head,” said Ledesma. “He’s taught me how to conduct, how to lead, how to become a better musician and how to become a better person.”
After graduation, Ledesma will be working as a high school choir director and is looking forward to translating the skills and lessons they have learned at W&L to this next stage of life.