Professors nominate majors for performance.
By Jahna Lacey
The fine arts department will be staging its annual honors recital at 7:30 p.m. today in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
Music Professor Andrew Gignac will be coordinating the event.
Gignac said his responsibilities as a coordinator include watching over the audition process and making sure the nominations are as objective as possible and students get rehearsal time in the auditorium.
He also will be putting together narratives about each student. Every spring, music professors nominate outstanding students to audition.
“I’m also going to be putting together a narrative about each student,” Gignac said.
He said each student will be given an award at the concert and the audience will hear a short narrative about them.
The seven music majors to perform are sophomore George Cathey on the piano, sophomore Jairo Varela on piano, freshman Robyn O’Bryant on violin, freshman Luis Ramos and sophomore Jared Paul on marimba, sophomore Mark Salazar on guitar and sophomore Anna Perez will be singing.
Gignac said the pieces covered by these students are primarily pieces from classical composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Giacomo Puccini as well as a few contemporary pieces from composers such as Eric Sammut, John Patitucci and Rihards Zalupe.
Cathey said he has been in the music department since spring 2011 and has been playing the piano for five years.
“The recital is a great opportunity to perform to a public audience and gives me the experience to better my career and performance,” he said.
“It is a lot of fun to share the stage with my fellow peers.”
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 210-486-0255.