Singing Sayonara St. Louis’s Senior Recital

Despite her spring allergies, Carrie St. Louis ’08 dazzled the audience with her singing talent at the culmination of her Andover singing career, her senior recital, in a mere 45 minutes last Saturday night. St. Louis politely apologized in advance for her spring allergies, but there was no need – she still sung every note perfectly in tune. She entered with her usual glowing smile. Rohini Swamy ’08 said, “She seemed a little nervous at first, but once she saw all the people out there she regained her confidence and sounded better than I’ve ever heard her before.” Even St. Louis was surprised at the audience turnout. She said, “So many people showed up, even some faces I did not recognize!” During the first half of the recital, St. Louis left the audience slightly confused but very impressed with her classical pieces in Italian and French. Then, taking things in a different direction, she performed musical theater pieces, such as “Life is A Highway” by Rascal Flatts, with Azure. St. Louis later sang a rendition of Mira by Bob Merril, which she dedicated to her mother. St. Louis even shed a few tears herself at the end of the song. Swamy ’08 said, “[Her recital] made me very emotional, especially the song Mira. . . It was a great way to end her musical career at Andover!” St. Louis quickly returned to her upbeat self to perform “Nothing” by Marvin Hamlisch and a personal favorite of hers, “Taylor the Latte Boy,” by her idol Kristin Chenoweth. St. Louis finished with “Disneyland” from the pageant musical “Smile” and “The Girl in 14G,” also by Chenoweth. The songs St. Louis sang were cheerful, and they let her use her voice to the best of her abilities. Eva Simitch-Warke ’09 said, “Carrie has such an incredible voice; before I knew it the recital was done!” Despite the fact that the recital signified the end of her Andover singing career, St. Louis believes that she has just begun her journey as a singer. She plans on going to USC, in her home state, and will be focusing entirely on music. She said, “I love it. I will be singing for the rest of my life!” Regarding her choice of musical genre, she said, “It may sound corny, but I did not choose opera, opera chose me!” St. Louis started singing in musical theater at the age of seven, and she still laughs when remembering her beginnings as the “singing milkmaid.” She soon progressed to performing the leads in plays, and she started her classical opera training only three years ago. In addition to singing, St. Louis said that she absolutely loves languages. Though many will miss Carrie, it is certain she will succeed wherever her music leads her. In her parting words, Carrie addressed everyone who aspires to be a singer, saying, “Good luck! It is difficult but extremely worth it!”