Chapman student wins Pacific Symphony competition
By Sarah Van Zanten ’11
Pacific Symphony announced Chapman University’s Cody Morgan ’11 the winner of the “OC Can You Sing” amateur singing competition. The four finalists sang to more than 6,000 audience members March 17-19 and Morgan was voted the winner by audience members and a Pacific Symphony panel of judges.
“My favorite part was right before I walked out on stage, hearing my name announced to introduce me,” said Morgan.
Morgan won over the hearts of audience members while singing “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot. As winner he will be a featured soloist in the Pacific Symphony’s Pops 2011-12 season.
Richard Kaufman, principal pops conductor for the symphony, said he was especially impressed by Morgan’s performance.
“Each of the performers was terrific, but Cody Morgan’s beautiful rendition of “If Ever I Would Leave You” was voted the winner … and he sang in a way that would have made Robert Goulet proud!” Kaufman said.
Morgan’s win doesn’t change his immediate post-graduation plans, which are to take a year and try to vigorously pursue a music career.