Music students perform to succeed

Piano Piece: Dylan Shadoan performs on the piano.

Piano Piece: Dylan Shadoan performs on the piano.

Charlene Belew 

Student Life Editor

Cameron University’s Zeta Beta chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon – the International Music Fraternity – presented its Donation Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the McCutcheon Recital Hall.

Donations were accepted before and after the recital to help send members of the music fraternity to the convention and also helped new members pay their dues. The fraternity raised $251.

Students who performed in the recital included fraternity members and non-fraternity members. Students who performed were Ike Chan, Peter Macias, Kanssandra Duran, Lilah Gilmore, Chelsea Jenkins, Lorenzo Diaz, Jamie Hatcher, Ashim Bohara, Brad Wolf, Dylan Shadoan and Kathryn Patterson; faculty members who participated included Dr. Greg Hoepfner and Dr. Kathy Scherler.

Students and faculty performed works by Haydn, Handel, Rosauro, J.S. Bach, Jolivet, Beethoven, Reinhardt, Mozart, The Rosenberg Trio and B. Lagrene.

The event combined vocal and instrumental performances, with the piano, marimba, trumpet, guitar and the bass being highlighted during the performances.

Psychology junior and music minor Macias said that while this was his first event, the turnout was impressive.

Vice President and senior Music Major Duran said that she was also excited about the turnout.

“Money has always been the biggest issue for new candidates, so we are going to try and do as many fundraising events as we can to get people involved,” she said.

Duran also said that recitals are a great way to spread the wealth of music to people who may have never heard such music before.

“I think these recitals help a whole lot,” Duran said. “Whenever I go to a recital and I hear music I’m not familiar with, it just inspires me to learn more or go home and practice.”

She explained that music not only inspires her to practice but it also helps her bond with other musicians.

“I think it’s actually brought me closer together with a lot of musicians in a lot of different fields,” she said. “I play the piano, but I’m able to work with other instrumentalists and other vocalists. You learn about everyone else, and you understand as a whole how everyone in the department works.”

President of the fraternity Prezell Duckett agreed that music made for better bonds throughout the department. He also noted that it allowed himself a sense of release.

“I’m not able to say a lot of what I want to say, but with music, I can kind of put it out there,” Duckett said. “I think a lot of us, when we first came here, were kind of cliquey, but I think we made a good bond. It’s good because you’re better at cooperating with other people and you can make good music and strive for something higher.”

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