Student sings with Idol runner-up in finals
By Sarah Van Zanten
Tonight Cody Morgan ’11 will sing with American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee in the final stage of “OC Can You Sing.” Morgan has been named one of four finalists in the amateur singing competition sponsored by Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
Morgan, a double major in Music Education and Music and Vocal Performance, has been singing since before he can remember. “I was born a singer,” joked Morgan. He is a part of Phi Gamma Delta and SoundCheck. After receiving an email about the competition Morgan decided to apply.
The competition process began with YouTube entries, escalated to in-person auditions with the director of Pacific Symphony and this weekend is a three-night live audition in front of 2000 audience members each night.
For this competition he will be singing, “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot. The winner will be determined by a Pacific Symphony panel as well as audience votes and applause. The competition website states: “the winner of the competition will be a featured soloist for three more performances in one of our Pops programs in the 2011-12 season!”
“Hopefully I will be able to meet Katharine and be able to further my singing career!” gleamed Morgan.
Morgan will sing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. March 17-19. For more information on how to attend the concert visit Morgan’s Facebook event page.