This week in the Drew Tones column, we are featuring Ashlie Sicilia (’19). Sicilia, a music major and arts administration minor, is originally from Brooklyn, New York and an active member of the Music Department at Drew. A talented singer, her favorite ensemble to perform in at Drew is the Drew University Chorale. Choral activities have kept her quite busy between being a choral assistant to Interim Director of Choral and Vocal Studies, Matt Webb, and singing in both the Chorale and the Choral Union. As a part of both groups she has performed in just about every choir concert since her freshman year.
COURTESY OF ASHLIE SICILIA
In fact, Ashlie’s favorite musical memory is of a choral concert entitled “Operas, Spirituals and Musicals.” As the name describes, the concert brought together these somewhat disparate genres in a concert that was just as fun to sing as it was to listen to. To her, that production raised the bar for choral concerts in the department to a whole new level.
In addition to her performances at Drew, Sicilia just recently performed alongside the Montclair State University Choir in their debut at the famous Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Under the baton of conductor George Matthews, Sicilia, as well as other Drew University Choral students, performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony which she will perform again this spring with the Chorale and Choral Union.
Outside of her music life, she also enjoys watching TV shows. She simply cannot get enough of them! One of her favorites is the hit NBC drama, “This Is Us.” As she put it, “It is amazing!!!”
Looking ahead, Sicilia will perform her Senior Vocal Recital on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. The recital will feature many of her all time favorite vocal pieces including works by Mozart and Shaiman. Following the footsteps of her favorite choral concert, Sicilia will also perform arias, musical show tunes and more! Admission is free for the recital, to be held in the Concert Hall, so be sure to come listen to the fruits of Sicilia’s hard work.