Music program readies for spring semester

Savannah Smith | Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy | Music Department Facebook

Students in A&M-Commerce’s Music Department are working hard in preparation for their many performances this semester. The department will host a variety of vocal and instrumental performances throughout the spring, all of which will be completely free and open to all community members.

Dr. David Scott, the head of the department of music, expressed his opinion that these concerts are an ideal opportunity for students to experience something new.

“It’s one of the things that college is about – just kind of expanding and finding out other things that are going on,” he said. “Even if you aren’t really inclined to music, I think you would enjoy watching colleagues your age and with their experience level perform at such a high level.”

Many of these events will showcase the tremendous talents of TAMU-C students in ensemble or solo productions. All students majoring in music are required to present one or two solo performances before graduating. These recitals last for up to one hour, and include musical pieces that demonstrate their advanced level of musical ability. There are also a range of vocal and instrumental student groups that will perform, such as the Jazz Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble, and several choral groups.

University faculty and other special guests will also perform.  Music professors from nearby universities, or working performers traveling through the area, often decide to visit the campus and give solo recitals.

“We get some really high level guest performers come through, and students get to come see them for free. Most people can’t do that,” Scott said.

Every week, an updated schedule of performances is posted on the Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Music Facebook page. During the latter months of the semester, performances will be held every evening, but the most prominent events are listed below.

Dates to Remember:

February 23: Swing Into Spring – a jazz concert and open dance floor (The Club)

April 15: Largest annual choir concert (Music Building: Finney Concert Hall)

May 3: Final wind ensemble concert (Music Building: Finney Concert Hall)