As campus begins to slow down and everyone prepares for finals, final concerts and performances in the Horne School of Music continue. Some of these concerts include senior recitals with the senior music majors.
The Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Commercial Music program is the only four year program currently at Snow. This program has a partnership with Julliard School of Music, which often draws in determined music majors. Seniors in this program at Snow are required to perform a senior recital, which will feature them with an accompanist.
In this program, to graduate in four years with both music and general education requirements, most music students take about 18 credits per semester. Sarah Pehrson, who performed her senior recital on March 12, says, “I spent so much more time practicing my violin than any other homework or studying or even sleeping… It’s been hard to keep up in everything, but I’ve been able to keep my grades up.”
Many musicians have a goal in mind as they prepare for these concerts. These goals can include feelings they want to give the audience. Kaylyn Sly, a clarinet player preparing for her recital, says, “I chose to be a music major because I believe in the power over emotion that music has. It can move people in amazing ways.”
Along with senior recitals, junior recitals also take place for the juniors to showcase how much work they have put into their major. Olivia Robinson, who will perform her junior recital with Davis Underwood on Saturday April 18, says, “The difference between a junior and a senior recital is that a junior recital is optional when a senior recital is required to graduate. Also, a senior recital needs to be an hour, while for a junior recital, the minimum time is 15 minutes.”
These senior and junior recitals will continue throughout the rest of the semester. All are invited to participate and listen to the effort put into these recitals. Says Robinson, “As Davis and I were choosing our repertoire, we tried to choose a variety of pieces to engage the audience in each song.”