Student musicians take stage

October 18, 2012

Caroline O'Leary plays violin on the song "i carry your heart with me."Janelle Sanches sings on the song "Bluesette."

Guitarists, vocalists, drummers and other student musicians took the stage in the Leslie Phillips Theater Wednesday for the Midsemester Ensemble Concert that is a standard, biannual event on the HCC Music Department calendar.

Seven ensemble groups performed, each representing a different one-credit music class at HCC: classical guitar, chamber vocals, college chorale, percussion, concert band, jazz guitar and jazz.

"Everyone participates," said Elissa Brill Pashkin, chair of the Music Department. "It's kind of like their mid-term. Part of it is learning the music, the other part is performing."

The midsemester concert, put on during Student Activity period, is just one of a series of performances music students are required to take part in throughout the semester. Click here for the schedule.

"Anyone can come to listen," said Pashkin, "and these ensembles aren't just open to music majors. The courses may require some level of proficiency, but they are open to anyone."

The ensembles will perform again during a series of evening concerts at the end of the semester. Students will also be giving recitals every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for the remainder of the semester.

Photos: (Left) Caroline O'Leary was one of the featured performers, playing violin with the College Chorale ensemble on the selection "i carry your heart with me." (Right) Janelle Sanchez was oe of the soloists during the Jazz ensembles a soloist during the , who was featured on the final song of the concert, "Bluesette."


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