The Voice of the Inauguration will Belong to a Marist Student
September 22, 2022 – On President Kevin Weinman’s Inauguration Day, there will be a voice guiding the crowd through the proceedings. That voice you will hear belongs to a student you may not see depending on your vantage point, though she will have a very big role.
Rhiannon Moline '25 is an English major at Marist with minors in both theatre and music. She won an open competition of her theatre peers last week to land the job of narrator for the Inauguration ceremony on Friday. Narration is a task typically performed by faculty at Commencement ceremonies, but President Weinman asked for a student from Marist’s theatre program to do the honors for his Inauguration.
“I honestly have wanted to do voiceover work for a very long time,” said Moline '25. “I always have loved the way that people can shape their voices and still convey so much emotion. This opportunity honestly feels like a dream come true.”
Professional voiceover artist and Marist alumna Andrea Hadhazy '96 led students in a three-hour workshop over zoom.
Moline is a sophomore from Winthrop, Massachusetts and was among several Marist students who attended a three-hour workshop led by Andrea Hadhazy, a professional voiceover artist and Marist alumna ('96) and organized by Eileen Curley, Chair and Associate Professor of English at Marist. The class featured students participating at the Murray Student Center or via Zoom. That was followed by an open competition of students that Moline won.
“I appreciate that President Weinman wanted to have a student serving in this role,” said Curley. “Individually, it will be a great experience for Rhiannon to perform in a new setting and to explore the work of a voiceover artist. The decision also exemplifies President Weinman’s commitment to making the Inauguration ceremony a celebration of the campus community as a whole,” she said.
“It was so awesome to have Andrea Hadhazy lead a voiceover workshop for us, and I'm even more excited that I get to continue coaching with her this week,” said Moline '25. “I can’t wait to perform on Friday!”
While only in her second year at Marist, Moline has made a big impact on the theatre program. She served as Assistant Production Manager on the Marist production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She also acted in the Marist Monologues in 2021, a show where proceeds benefit charity and students are given the chance to express themselves through original monologues.
Moline is also a published poet, featured in a book called Mud, by Shauntia Cunningham. The book is about dealing with chronic pain through poetry and beauty.
All Students are Invited to the Inauguration
All Marist students are invited to celebrate Friday’s Inauguration. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on the Campus Green and will be followed by a community celebration featuring Hudson Valley food favorites and other refreshments, games and activities, giveaways, and music.