CBU students share their musical talents at Open Mic Night
Riverside, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2020) – Hundreds of students at California Baptist University enjoyed music performed by their peers at Open Mic Night on Feb. 27. The event was hosted by Community Life and featured more than 10 musical performances.
Students have two opportunities, one each semester, to perform for Open Mic Night.
Kristin Holderman, director of campus activities, said Open Mic Night gives CBU students the ability to gain an appreciation for their peers, their talents and abilities in a more casual setting.
“This event is a great opportunity for students to enjoy music and various forms of creative expression from their peers,” Holderman said. “We think performers are glad to have the opportunity to perform and hope they gain more confidence to continue to share their gifts.”
Joy Ogbatue, a business junior, performed a ballad and enjoyed being able to sing on stage.
“I overcame a lot of fears tonight. I was afraid I wouldn’t hit my high notes, but I did,” Ogabatue said. “Even though I am majoring in business, singing has been a lifelong dream that I have always had.”
Mikayla Williams, a communications freshman, said that she is a musician in the choir and thought attending would be a great way to support other musicians on campus.
“Open Mic Night is great for students who aren’t in the music department to show the abilities they have. And it really gives us all a chance to support each other as a community,” Williams said.