Adviser gives preview of this spring’s classical showcase.
By Te Keyshia Johnson
Since the early 1990s, the music department has assembled the Student Music Performance Showcase every spring, and this year eight students will perform on campus.
The free showcase is 7:30-8:30 p.m. April 13 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
Coordinator Andrew Gignac said the showcase was originally called the Honors Concert, performed as part of Honors Week to recognize the most talented music students.
The name changed in 2011, the year Gignac became coordinator.
“Students are selected, and they have to be nominated first by their private lesson’s teacher, and they have to audition, and we had about 15 who auditioned,” Gignac said.
Four out of the eight performers are vocalists, and the others are going to play musical instruments.
Since the showcase is classical, the musical instruments include the classical guitar, marimba and French horn, Gignac said.
“If you enjoy classical music, you get to hear great classical music,” Gignac said. “Also, if you’re interested in seeing these young students who are rising to the top to become top-notch performers, it’s kind of fun to watch.”
He said the students have been working hard for this day and are excited to be able to share their musical talents.
After the showcase, a reception will allow audience members to meet performers. The reception will provide finger-food snacks and refreshments. Gignac said the students look forward to the reception because they have a chance to connect with their supporters.
“It’s always fun for me because I get to meet with performers’ families and friends,” Gignac said. “It’s kind of fun to get to know more about the performers.”
He said the showcase is a way of rewarding these students for their accomplishments this year.
For more information, call 210-486-0255.