Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Karen Kness

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Cowan

Third Advisor

Carl Ratner


The senior recital and honors thesis defense of Travis Leon Williams, tenor, was scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020. However, due to the worldwide breakout of the coronavirus, the difficult decision was made to cancel the performance. In order to satisfy requirements with the Lee Honors College, permission was granted to allow the passing of his recital hearing as credit for his defense. The hearing was held on Monday, March 9, 2020 and was in collaboration with his pianist, Tina Gorter, and featured Taylorlyn Mehnert on the violin. Listed below are the musical selections chosen for the recital, along with select information about the music’s creators and the larger works that the selections are from (if applicable).

Let My Song Fill Your Heart
When I Have Sung My Songs
Ernest Charles (1895-1984)

Till I Hear You Sing
Musical: Love Never Dies
Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)
Lyrics: Glenn Slater

No puede ser
Opera: Las taberneras del puerto
Pablo Sorozábal (1897-1988)
Libretto: Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw

À Chloris
Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
Poet: Théophile de Viau

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Poet: Armand Silvestre

Aria: Che gelida manina
Opera: La Bohème
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

La Danza
Collection: Les soirées musicales
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Lyrics: Count Carlo Pepoli

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Poet: Hermann von Gilm Heimliche

Richard Strauss
Poet: John Henry Mackay

City Called Heaven
Hall Johnson (1888-1970)
Poet: Unknown

He’ll Bring It To Pass
Joseph Joubert
Poet: Unknown

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted