May 1, 2012
This year CSU seniors will get a special treat for graduation: a performance by Trevor Hall, Post Paradise and Nathan Worthey in the newly renovated Lory Student Center Theatre.
But the opportunity couldn’t be more unique for Amy Morgan and Nathan Worthey, two seniors who not only get to perform in the new theatre, but graduate only days after. (See below for more details on the performance.)
We decided to ask Amy and Nathan what it was like to be involved in such an historic event in CSU history.
What are you most excited about when you think about this concert?
Amy: Playing this concert feels like the perfect close to my time at CSU. For the last few years, I have balanced working, attending school and playing cello in a rock band, which proved to be challenging at times. I love playing in Post Paradise though, so I've made it work. Playing this concert is a really great way to say farewell to CSU.
Nathan: I am most excited about having this really cool opportunity to represent my graduating class and be a part of one last amazing event before I say goodbye to my college experience!
How did you get involved in this concert?
Amy: Post Paradise is involved in SpokesBuzz, a grass roots organization with the mission of spreading the culture of Fort Collins and bringing attention to local bands. We've been with them for the last year, and it's been an amazing experience. CSU contacted them to get some references for bands to play this concert, and SpokesBuzz thought we would be a good fit. It worked out extra well since I'm graduating!
Nathan: I have always been a big fan of ASAP and their events, so I have done quite a few over the last four years. I guess after being a finalist in CSU Idol as well as opening for the spring concert featuring Josh Gracin last year, they must just not be sick of me yet because they asked me to do this event!
What is one of the biggest highlights of your time at CSU?
Amy: Completing my Senior Capstone was one of the high points of my time at CSU. I combined my passion for design and music and created a music venue, recording studio, and artist lofts. After years of hard work, and working on this one project for months, I felt like I had accomplished something tangible, and I'm so proud of it. It feels amazing to have that done.
Nathan: One of the highlights of my time at CSU is discovering my true passions and being able to get involved on campus doing a lot of really great things that went with those passions. Also, a big highlight was really embracing my major and applying what I was learning in my everyday life.
What will you be doing after you graduate?
Amy: I plan to stay in Fort Collins; I love it here! I am looking forward to taking some time to focus on my music, playing lots of shows, recording and teaching cello lessons. I will be choosing a design job over the summer, possibly in furniture design, which I love, and I am excited for whatever opportunities come next.
Nathan: I am going to be pursuing music in a variety of different ways: teaching lessons, leading praise bands in church and hopefully doing some gigs, as well! My true passion is leading worship music in churches, so I hope to be blessed enough to find a position doing that.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
Nathan: I would honestly like to add that ASAP is so incredible at creating events that allow students to get involved and have a positive college experience. I have been so grateful for their programming these past four years!
Amy will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in interior design and a minor in Business Administration. Nathan will graduate with a bachelor’s in communication studies.
The Thursday, May 10 concert will begin at 5:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are free for graduating students with a CSU ID and an unofficial transcript as proof of graduate status. Tickets will be $5.50 for non-graduates. Tickets are available at the iBOX, located in the Lory Student Center.
The headliner for the event is Trevor Hall, preceded by Post Paradise and Nathan Worthey.
The newly renovated Lory Student Center Theatre began construction in summer of 2011 and will reopen its doors just in time to honor this year’s graduating seniors. The renovated Theatre will incorporate more flexibility for events by having both a flat floor and expandable seating for concerts, ballroom banquets and receptions, as well as events that require tiered seating. The Theatre also will have bathrooms, a new green room and a small catering service.
Trevor Hall, Post Paradise and Nathan Worthey will be the first to perform in the Theatre.