Photograph Courtesy of Samuel Sianipar
On Sunday, Nov. 20, the DePauw Up to date Ensemble membership held their first live performance of the yr, that includes modern works from DePauw college students, particularly first-year Tyler Sharkey, sophomore Blake Wilmot, senior Teresa Shunk, sophomore Ross Gardner, and plenty of extra.
Based on William Pearson, professor of music and college advisor of the Up to date Ensemble membership, the live performance offered a variety of genres and kinds, together with classical music, musical theatre, and improvisation.
“We have got some actually brief items, then lengthy items, and determining how that every one goes collectively has been a kind of a problem, but it surely’s a enjoyable drawback to have,” Pearson stated.
“What I’m most excited for is to see how completely different each piece is,” sophomore Elise Martinez, vice chairman of the Up to date Ensemble membership, stated.
“It is tremendous thrilling as a result of there’s plenty of scholar composers, and it is simply actually cool to see people who and people who find themselves in the identical form of surroundings as you,” sophomore membership president Isabel Dawes added.
Pearson was excited to see the involvement of first and second-year college students within the live performance, because the membership solely had juniors and seniors previously. The live performance featured a bit carried out by 12 individuals, which Pearson known as the “gateway drug” as a result of enjoying a small function on this giant efficiency might assist underclassmen get extra snug with enjoying their very own items sooner or later.
“That is all college students doing stuff on their very own. I imply, usually, my function is form of, as an advisor, I assist out after I can,” Pearson added. “I kind of helped put collectively the large group as a result of I actually appreciated that piece. And I am performing this yr, which I have not finished a lot of, which is cool.”
Dawes stated that whereas the small neighborhood within the College of Music makes it simple to promote the Up to date Ensemble membership to music college students, it was troublesome to get college students within the Faculty of Liberal Arts concerned.
“Most of our concert events proper now are college students creating their music,” Martinez added. “We try to have individuals perceive that you do not have to essentially know the right way to create and compose to be part of this membership. You’ll be able to simply take pleasure in modern music as is and you do not even need to carry out, you possibly can simply come to our conferences and hearken to music.”
Martinez stated after the live performance, the membership is planning to have extra collaborations with completely different college students and department out greater than they’ve this semester. Members will be capable to begin their very own initiatives throughout the membership.
“For instance, we wished to collaborate with dance teams and see if we will have a bit written for them. However we simply want extra scholar involvement for that. So if any person desires to steer that mission, they can assist out with that,” Martinez added.