Nicholas Pulido performed his senior vocal recital Saturday in Founders Auditorium. The concert included pieces by Mozart, Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Edward Kilenyi and Cole Porter. Besides voice, Pulido has studied composition. After graduation Pulido plans on earning his teaching credentials and later pursue a master’s in conducting or composition.
Wearing a black tuxedo with a red boutonniere pinned to his lapel, a tall presence took center stage. His accompanying pianist lightly stroked the piano keys to introduce the first song.
With a loud, deep voice Nicholas Pulido boomed out the first song during the tenor’s senior recital on May 13 in Founders Auditorium.
With excellent posture and full control of his notes, Pulido performed seven pieces, some with multiple movements, for a total of 18 songs.
“This was the first time I put an entire concert together that included my solo work,” Pulido said. “It was a new experience, but it’s something I’ve been preparing for.”
Although the recital was his first major performance as a soloist, he has also participated in group ensembles at ULV, such as the University Chorale and Chamber Singers.
During the song “Erlkönig” by Franz Schubert, Pulido found the essence of each character’s voice as he told the song’s intense story.
His arm gestures remained sturdy, yet expressive and matched each character’s tone. In this song, he sang with passion and appeared comfortable on stage.
At the conclusion of the recital, Pulido graciously bowed as the audience gave him a standing ovation and roared with cheers in appreciation of his work.
“I’ve been involved with Chamber Singers for the past three semesters, chorale for all four years and men’s ensemble for the course of two years,” Pulido said.
He has also been involved with several chamber music ensembles and the Jazz Ensemble.
“He’s a real tenor,” said Steve Gothold, associate professor of music. “He has worked very hard with his stage presence. He projects himself through his music.”
Pulido’s interest in music began at an early age.
“I started in the second grade,” Pulido said. “I joined music class and played the trombone. In high school, I was in the marching band and was also part of the jazz band.”
It was then that he knew he wanted to become a teacher.
Trombone performance was Pulido’s original intent at ULV, but the lack of instrumental programs at the University pushed him to study voice instead.
“It was more convenient,” Pulido said. “Being a voice major gave me more opportunity for performance than studying the trombone.”
Pulido’s musical influences are mixed in genre, including jazz, opera and classical; his favorite jazz musician is trombone player J.J. Johnson. He also enjoys the music of Tito Puente, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Pulido grew up in Boyle Heights and attended Roosevelt High School. One of his influences was his high school music instructor, Jose Areano. Pulido is still in contact with his former director. Areano has encouraged him to take his place by becoming the music instructor at the high school.
His family’s support has encouraged him throughout his musical accomplishments.
“I have a supportive family who has attended every event of mine,” Pulido said. “They seem to be very proud of me with everything I do.”
His older brother, Jamie, is also a music major at ULV.
“He’s one of the reasons I got into music,” Pulido added. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
ULV instructors see the potential the singer contains.
“He is a very fine student,” said Kathy Lamkin, music history professor. “He is mature, he works hard and has a good musical ear. He also has perfect pitch.”
Pulido will graduate this May with a bachelor of arts degree in music.
Although his future plans are vague at the moment, he will seek to obtain a teaching credential in music and eventually pursue a master’s degree in conducting and/or composition.
Whether or not Pulido takes the position at his former high school, his days will be filled with music, applause and opportunity.
“Music has always been part of my life and will continue to be,” Pulido said.
Jaclyn Gonzales can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.