Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Emanuel Caraman

Second Advisor

Trey Harris

Third Advisor

Karen Kness


The senior recital, The Second Frontier, and honors thesis defense of Jasanna Tayler, Soprano, occurred on Friday, April 14th, 2023. The recital was completed in collaboration with pianist, Cindy Hunter. Selections sung for this recital which incorporated 5 different languages and spanning 4 compositional periods with contrasting pieces including operatic literature and art song. This successfully fulfilled the requirements set forth in the Western Michigan University, voice area handbook. The overarching goal for the recital was to demonstrate the culmination of knowledge gained through attending the Irving School of Music. The musical selections furthered this as they were challenging while also exhibiting a variety of skills learned. Additionally, the program incited thoughtful research regarding the composers, compositional style, and literature.

The program listed includes the works from which each song or aria was selected from:

George Fredric Handel “V’adoro Pupille” from Giulio Cesare


Maurice Ravel 5 Mélodies populaires grecques

(1875-1937) I. Chanson de la mariée

II. Là-bas, vers l'église

III. Quel galant m'est comparable

IV. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

V. Tout gai!

Richard Strauss Zueignung Opus 10 Number 1

(1864-1949) Breit Über Mein Haupt Opus 19 Number 2

Lee Hoiby "Where the Music Comes From”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Porgi Amour” from Le nozze di Figaro

(1756-1791) "Ach ich fühls” from Die Zauberflöte

Libby Larsen The Cowboy Songs

(1950-) I. Bucking Bronco

II. Lift me into Heaven Slowly

III. Billy the Kid

Antonín Dvořák “Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém” from Rusalka


Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Program Notes for Thesis.pdf (229 kB)
Program Notes