School of Music’s Jamal Sarikoki in Title Role of “Elijah”

Singing from the depths of his rich, full-bodied bass or the dramatic lift of his director’s baton, when Jamal Sarikoki attended Nyack College, it was clear to all who enjoyed his performances as a School of Music student, that this young man’s musical talent was extraordinary.

Immersed in music from the age of five, Jamal was a standout performer in Nyack Rockland School of Music concerts including his solo work with Nyack’s Chorale at Lincoln Center. During his Nyack years, he was a member of the Chamberfest Asia group that traveled to Hong Kong, Beijing and Seoul Korea. Of this trip he commented, “If ever being a globally-engaged Christian was put to practice, it was this trip. Using music as a tool to bring healing, joy, laughter and even peace to the lives of people in a different culture was a most unforgettable experience.” Subsequently, Jamal went on to study at Bard Conservatory in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY to be one of two conducting majors.

Today the Director of Music & Arts Ministry at Florida’s Venice Presbyterian Church, Jamal will be in the spotlight again when he plays the title role in Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” a work based on the life of the Old Testament prophet. This performance will close the season of the Key Chorale’s Masterworks series on March 10 and 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Sarasota, FL.

No doubt, this Nyack-nurtured talent will hear a rousing “Bravo!!” before a new, enthusiastic audience.