Name: Erika Grace Powell
Graduation Year: 2007
Major: Vocal performance
Profession: Singer, actress
We all go to college to learn from one another and the support at Furman was amazing.
- Life after Furman
I made my solo debut at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City in 2010. I regularly perform with the Concert Chorale of New York, the official chorus of the New York Philharmonic. I’ve also acted in televisions shows like “Ugly Betty,” “White Collar,” “Royal Pains,” and “The Good Wife” as well as commercials for Kohl’s, Lowe’s, and many others. In 2012, I was crowned Miss South Carolina-USA.
- Secret to my success
Practice. Football players come in knowing they'll be doing two-a-days to train and get in shape, physically and mentally. Singers have to get vocally and physically in shape to support this instrument we carry around with us. Furman gave me the opportunity to do that.
- Finding my career path
I’ve always had a passion for music and Furman gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion and narrow my focus. I was involved in the chamber choir, chapel choir, Furman Singers, and I had the opportunity to do solo performances.
- Advantage of studying at Furman
I performed in concert halls and cathedrals in Russia, Estonia, Finland, and Italy with the Furman Singers International tour. My true passion is opera and I also was able to perform the leading roles in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance on campus.