Temple Update‘s Phil Dupont got a chance to sit down with former Boyer College of Music student Garrick Morgan about his experience singing on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway stage in front of Pope Francis and the hundreds of thousands that came out to celebrate the Festival of Families on Sept. 26th.
Morgan, who graduated in May of 2015, had been in contact with the head of the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, Dr. J. Donald Dumpson, who asked Morgan to be a part of the ensemble that would sing for the Festival of Families.
Morgan, who studied Music Education here at Temple University, helped sing back-up and choral vocals for Aretha Franklin, as well as help lead choral pieces performed by the Chorale.
Garrick walks us through his experience on the stage and in the rehearsal hall. He also discusses the ways in which the music moved him in the moment and how the performance he was a part of affected him emotionally.