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Janell Stallard

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The Power of Voice

Senior music major Janell Stallard is unquestionably the voice of patriotic pride at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi events. Since 2012, she has been the national anthem singer at all Islander commencement ceremonies. She has also sung the anthem at countless other campus events.

“It is simply an honor to be invited to sing at any University event,” said Stallard. “For me, it is an opportunity to represent the school in the best way I know how.”

Stallard grew up in a musical household in Portland, Texas, and has known all her life that she wanted to dedicate her life to the study and performance of music.

“When I sing, my creativity comes mostly from my personality,” said Stallard. “For me, there are no creative ‘rules.’ As long as I sing with a healthy technique, my only job as a performer is to share my inspiration with others and leave them with a memory of my performance.”

Stallard recently traveled to England to attend vocal training classes. She studied alongside professional singers, who specialize in European opera and classical performance.

“The vocal training in England was demanding, but it focused on my passion for connecting to others through song,” said Stallard.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was Stallard’s first choice university, not only because she wanted to stay close to home, but also because her two older sisters graduated from TAMU-CC. One of her sisters is now a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine, and the other runs a successful middle-school choral program in San Antonio.

“I knew that A&M-Corpus Christi would give me the tools for success – just like it did for my sisters,” said Stallard.

Stallard has performed in numerous musical productions at the Island University, including the title character in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” After graduation in spring 2017, she plans to attend graduate school for vocal performance. She would then like to perform around the world before settling down to teach voice at a collegiate level.

“Every day I am reminded that I am blessed,” said Stallard. “It is so surreal to know that I get to do what I love for the rest of my life.”