RIO GRANDE — College students from the College of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Neighborhood School Grande Chorale and Jazz Ensemble lately traveled to New York Metropolis to take part in Manhattan Live performance Productions’ annual NYC Jazz Pageant.
Dr. Sarin Williams, affiliate professor of music and director of choral actions, mentioned she believes taking college students on journeys broadens their cultural experiences and gives them with extra educational alternatives.
“Manhattan Live performance Productions and I’ve been speaking over time in regards to the alternative to journey, and I felt this group of the Grande Chorale was able to obtain a wider critique from professionals past the classroom,” Williams mentioned. “Usually, lots of our college students have spent most of their lives in Southeast Ohio, and I feel it’s a very good cultural expertise to go to totally different locations. I felt that this may be a singular and fascinating alternative for the scholars, particularly due to the competition-style ambiance and the critique from a panel of jazz consultants.”
Manhattan Live performance Productions, a music tour firm, hosts the pageant annually on the Symphony House permitting each vocal and instrumental ensembles to carry out for an viewers whereas receiving commentary from consultants within the jazz style. The scholars had been additionally in a position to obtain a clinic session from one of many vocal jazz adjudicators, Jennifer Barnes of the College of North Texas, and carry out at Cuba-Rushford Excessive College en path to New York Metropolis. Catie White, a freshman music training main with the Grande Chorale mentioned the chance to journey by way of Rio whereas nonetheless in her first 12 months of school allowed her to see the totally different potentialities for her future and her profession.
“With the ability to carry out in entrance of various crowds and in New York was an incredible expertise. Individuals on the pageant had been very welcoming to us, and the prospect to see a Broadway present in our free time was lots of enjoyable,” White mentioned. “The journey actually opened my eyes to the probabilities of what I may grow to be not solely as a performer however as a person. As a freshman, it was an incredible rising expertise.”
As among the college students attending the journey are additionally members of Rio’s Jazz Ensemble, the 2 teams determined to create a joint efficiency of each vocal and instrumental numbers for the pageant. Dr. Chris Kenney, professor of music and director of the jazz ensemble mentioned he’s pleased with the scholars’ efficiency on the pageant and is glad they had been in a position to acquire data to convey again to the classroom.
“The very best a part of this journey was seeing the scholars increase their horizons and rise above their consolation zones. The chance to see nationally and internationally recognized jazz musicians carry out, after which carry out themselves for equally enthusiastic audiences at Symphony House is a good expertise for them. You may see the scholars feeding off of that power to transcend what they’ve carried out earlier than for this efficiency,” Kenney mentioned. “It’s necessary for us to take these sorts of journeys and get our college students out of their consolation zones to see the broader world round them each in life and of their discipline.”
Brett Sisson, a School Credit score Plus psychology main and jazz ensemble member, mentioned she loved with the ability to journey and make a journey to New York that centered on jazz music.
“As a scholar who can also be nonetheless in highschool, I’ve by no means gotten to go on a category journey like this one earlier than. It was actually thrilling to go to a metropolis with an incredible jazz scene as a part of a jazz group and to have the ability to carry out in such a big and well-known venue as Symphony House,” Sisson mentioned. “I liked with the ability to go to the jazz membership Village Vanguard as a result of it was the primary time I’ve skilled reside jazz music outdoors of a faculty live performance. I feel you need to take the chance to journey wherever and every time you’ll be able to as typically as doable as a result of you’ll be able to expertise new issues and meet individuals who reside utterly totally different lives, so I’m glad I had the prospect to go on this journey by way of Rio.”
For extra info on the College of Arts and Letters’ music division, contact Admissions at 740-245-7208.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist with the College of Rio Grande.