High note and high praises for student composition concert

It’s always exciting when new music is released, whether it involves the advancement of sound from instrumentals or from one of our current music icons. We often never realize that the new music being made, could be created much closer to us than we think. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, students at the Performing Arts Center at St. Cloud State University had the chance to perform on stage, while also submitting their own original musical work to the public. These students and their music originated from the SCSU Orchestra, and both the Percussion and Contemporary Ensembles.

A handful of students were showcasing their original pieces of music while being played by different musicians. One of those performers was Jordyn Waldoch, a sophomore tuba player, has been taking band classes for 11 years. Naturally, he’s a music education major, and he hopes to go into conducting music for “high schoolers to possibly professionals, eventually,” he said.

Before devoting his education to music, he wanted to be an astrophysicist and from the slight hesitation within his voice, he may still have some interest.

“I’m still interested in a lot of [outer] space, in astronomy, and everything…I wanted to know how it worked,” Waldoch said.

Freshman Maria Burns is majoring in Earth and Space education. She has also been in band since she was in 5th grade. She plays alongside Jordyn and his tuba with her trombone and, as a bonus, she is a part of the pep band, and says she said she is “loving it.”

“It’s just so fun, we had like a week of band camp before classes started, and then that just kind of got everybody on campus, I got to make friends… It’s been great,” Burns said.

Soon after receiving their backgrounds, the concert began, and throughout all the prime performances were met with a strong reception from the audience. The first piece introduced a relaxing melody from a violin and a cello. It was under the assumption that the musicians would use their bows for the full duration of the ballad, but that was not the case. The violinist, Emily Kivi, and cellist, Katya Kivi, would alternate between using their fingers and their bows to operate the strings.  Simply put, If Emily were using her fingers to play the violin then Katya would be using her bow simultaneously, and they would alternate back and forth on this technique. It’s simple changes like those that can affect the dynamic of the music but doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

For the second song, there were six instruments that were divided into pairs: 2 Glocks with mallet sticks, a snare drum across from a bongo drum, and the final pair was a cowbell and an unknown metallic piece. One would suspect that there would be six people for each stationed instrument, but there were actually two, Carter Dobmeier and Paul Deckard. They both started at the Glocks and both gradually moved down towards the others in a simple, yet also profound, technique.

The first of few, unexpected, yet pleasantly surprising realization that these students put in the time, effort, and devotion in creating their own music, an ability that should always be received with respect. To that, the end result was a commendable collection of performances by these students. If given the time and chance to see another of these student concerts, it should be taken.

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