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Cage makes a melody of dreams

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Cage makes a melody of dreams

Sara Cage, a senior music major, earned three first place awards and the Governors’ Award at the National Association of Teachers of Singing in her first year making it to the finals.

Sara Cage, a senior music major, earned three first place awards and the Governors’ Award at the National Association of Teachers of Singing in her first year making it to the finals.

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Sara Cage, a senior music major, earned three first place awards and the Governors’ Award at the National Association of Teachers of Singing in her first year making it to the finals.

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Sara Cage, a senior music major, earned three first place awards and the Governors’ Award at the National Association of Teachers of Singing in her first year making it to the finals.

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Sara Cage, a senior music major, entered university history as the first student to receive three first place awards at the Southern Regional Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Though Cage participated in NATS competitions since her freshman year of college, she never made it to the finals before this last contest. She described her experience as unreal and “a dream come true.”

“I cried during the announcements of all the finalists because I achieved my goal,” said Cage. “At that point, I didn’t care how I would be placed during finals. I just wanted to have fun performing as my teacher constantly reminds me to do. It was just the cherry on top to receive first place in each of the categories I competed in and receive the Governors’ Award.”

Cage competed in the senior women’s division, Hall Johnson spiritual category and upper level music theater-women category. The Governors’ Award recognizes performers who show “the greatest promise of having a professional career” in performance according to NATS.

Though Cage began singing when she was 4 years old, she did not take voice lessons before attending the university. In her musical career, Cage managed being self-critical by remaining motivated and patient.

“It can be very taxing to continually down yourself by comparing yourself to others or finding everything in your performance and practice settings,” said Cage. “However, I remind myself where I’ve come by listening to past recordings of myself to see the progress I’ve made. Singing takes time to develop, and a singer won’t typically reach their peak for their voice until they’re 30.”

Cage feels grateful for support from Associate Professor of Voice Dr. Alissa Mercurio Rowe who described Cage as “an exceptional person and student.”

“Her singing as a freshman was extremely musical, but she lacked some of the technical prowess to be able to sing freely,” said Rowe. “Since that freshman year, Sara has worked diligently and with great focus to gain the vocal technique needed for more freedom in her singing. She is one of the most hardworking and naturally musical students I have ever taught.”

Cage believes that a world without music would be “quite dull, so many sparks of creativity would vanish.” Singing allows her to bring joy to others.

“Music is so powerful in the sense of being able to transcend others to another dimension or having others feel what you feel as you perform,” said Cage. “Singing breaks down any sort of barriers that may have been created.”

Cage recalled the university choirs’ European tour during the summer of 2017 as an example of surmounting such barriers.

Cage said, “Although we could not speak their language and were ultimately the minority in their country, the music we sung erased the language barrier completely and allowed the listeners to sit and enjoy the music that was being created. That is why we do what we do.”

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6 Responses to “Cage makes a melody of dreams”

  1. Robbin Lollis on February 7th, 2019 12:11 pm

    Sara I am so very proud of you! You are an amazing young woman whom God has blessed with a voice that brings chills to my body. What a blessing to first know you as my little cousin who now is my cousin on a voice mission! May God continue to bless you! Get ready world here comes our Sara!!! Much success and live to you Sara!!!
    Love u❤

  2. Charlotte Colar on February 7th, 2019 4:17 pm

    Sara you are such a beautiful person, reach for the stars, they’re within your reach, your hard work will surely pay off !!!! Love you sweetheart

  3. Paula Williams on February 7th, 2019 9:39 pm

    It simply blows my mind reading about such accomplishments from such a talented person. Sara, I believe, has sung since the womb! When ever she would hear anything musical, she would move! Sara has carried music through her childhood into adulthood with an ability that simply astounds many, myself included. I know her purpose in life is to bring her God given gift to the world and it looks like she is well on her way! I love you my song bird! So proud of you! And yes I’m biased as most mothers would be! LOL!

  4. Rose Jackson on February 8th, 2019 2:36 am

    To my songbird., I am so very proud of you. As I try to write this comment, my mind is on your grandmother, Mrs. Maudria Cage my late sister. She loved you unconditionally. You were the apple of her eyes. She would be very proud of you. I know that she is smiling down on you from Heaven.
    On a personal level, I know that you have a God given talent. A talent that will grow and grow because God is ever present in your life.
    Fly my songbird. Soar higher and higher. There is nothing but success in your future. I am so proud of all of your accomplishments. May God continue to bless you.
    Love,
    Aunt Rose

  5. Charnel Jackson on February 8th, 2019 9:34 am

    Congratulations Sara!! I’m so proud of you and the amazing talent that you have been blessed to possess. Your humbleness, loving and jovial spirit make that beautiful voice stand out even more. It’s been a pleasure to watch you grow up and to hear your voice grow with you! Continue to follow your dreams!!!

    Love You,

    Charnel

  6. Yvette Jack on February 8th, 2019 10:34 am

    Congratulations Sara. I am so proud of you. Continue to fulfill your dream. I know cousin Maudria would have been so proud of you like you are making your family down here on earth.

    Love you,

    Yvette

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