Music Department puts on final music ensembles
A number of final music concerts and events will be taking place on campus over the next few weeks, as the spring semester comes to an end.
A new event called “The Celebration of Women’s Voices” will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. It features Trinity’s women’s chorus, with collaboration from the drama department. Additionally, there will be faculty and student performers, poetry readings and artwork displayed in the hallways.
Gary B. Seighman, assistant professor of music and the director of choral activities at Trinity, described the upcoming events.
“This coming Tuesday we have the Spring Choral Concert, which is different this year because we are having it in the foyer of the Dicke Art Building. All of the choirs will be involved and performing on different levels of the atrium,” Seighman said.
Seighman, who conducts three choral ensembles and leads rehearsals, said that there is a mix of students with various interests who are brought together by choir.
“I love the fact that Trinity’s choirs are made of people of every academic major. We have students who are leaders of numerous organizations on campus, student athletes and members of Greek organizations,” Seighman said. “When we rehearse, even though people have such a wide variety of interests, this is something they share.”
Seighman, who has been at Trinity for two years, said there are over 100 students involved in chorus among the three choral ensembles.
“Most students who are involved in music at Trinity have been for the vast majority of their time here. They value something there – rehearsals are not a break, and they work hard as in any class,” Seighman said. “I think it is about expressing yourself in a way you enjoy and are able to, and many students are highly passionate about it.”
Junior Christina Tannert, Seighman’s assistant and a music education major, plays the bassoon with the band and orchestra in addition to playing the handbells and singing in the choir. Tannert is the president of the music education group Trinity Collegiate Texas Music Educators.
“Our music education program is one of the best in the state, perhaps in the country. I have always wanted to teach choir, but I still want to do private lessons on the bassoon. I am now in a practicum for middle school, where I get to observe and work with kids weekly,” Tannert said.
Senior Katie Burchfield, a music performance major, is the president of the music group Trinity University Chamber Ensemble. The organization is student-run and sponsored by the music department.
“TUCHE was created to be a networking association. It is a place where any and all musicians can come together and form groups, ideas and pieces they want to play with. It provides performance opportunities for students who may not have the opportunity otherwise,” Burchfield said.
The organization, which was created less than three years ago, has a solid group of 15 musicians who have various musical interests and styles.
“We definitely have an eclectic mix of musicians. TUCHE is very much an umbrella organization with a bunch of different groups within it. We have one member trio of a French horn, oboe and piano. We also have guitar players who play both original songs and covers. I personally like to do jazz and sing songs from the 1930s,” Burchfield said.
TUCHE’s final concert will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on April 29 in Coates.
At 5 p.m. tomorrow in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall there will be a performance by the chamber group of instruments. The Trinity University Jazz Ensemble will have its final performance at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Blue Star Brewery on S. Alamo St.
There will be an orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.
Also, the Trinity University Handbell Ensemble will have their final concert on April 26.