Music Comes First for this Oklahoma Native

From his curly hair, to his double major in music and business, to his roots in Oklahoma, Anthony Errigo brings a variety of interests and talents to the Fairmont State University campus, and he is experiencing new firsts every day. “After I graduated from high school, my mom moved back to New York to be closer to family, so I wanted to find a school on the east coast,” he says. “I didn’t exactly end up on the east coast, but I think I landed right where I belong.” Errigo spends his days in many different ways, including being an Assistant Resident Director in the residence halls, but he says his true passion is music. For his first undergraduate research project funded by FSU’s Student Undergraduate Research Experience grant, Anthony studied the Mozart effect. His passion for music also can be seen in the time he dedicates to FSU’s choir. As the 2011-2012 winner of the FSU concerto competition, the baritone was provided his first opportunity to sing with the Fairmont State University Community Orchestra. “I was really nervous but knew that it was an amazing opportunity to perform with great musicians,” he recalls. Errigo experienced another first – performing a solo musical selection from “The Barber of Seville” during the Inauguration of FSU President Maria C. Rose. “To say I was nervous would be a big understatement. Besides performing at the Inauguration, this was the first time in three months I was singing with the orchestra. And to top it all off, while sitting and listening to the speakers give their welcoming addresses, I had decided to include some impromptu choreography. When I finally stood up, all I could think about is ‘this is crazy!’ ” His outstanding performance received a standing ovation.