BY ALEX GRUBER
SNC music students show their stuff
Meredith Pointer ’16 and Erika Jahnke ’16 gave their junior vocal recital on Friday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall.
Jahnke, a choral and general music education major, is a mezzo-soprano. She sang nine pieces, including “Voce Di Donna” by Amilcare Ponchielli and “Under the Willow Tree” by Samuel Barber.
Jahnke is also involved in NafME, Knight Theatre and Knights on Broadway and has enjoyed music her whole life. She plans to become a high school choir teacher after graduating from SNC.
When asked of her favorite part of working in music, Jahnke answered, “I love how music impacts people differently. It’s such a universal language, but at the same time, the same song can hold different meaning for everyone listening to it or performing it.”
Pointer is a music education major and a soprano. Her recital included pieces from Bach and Strauss, along with the musical “Sideshow.”
Pointer also plays the saxophone, along with many other instruments. She gave her saxophone recital in Nov. 2014. Pointer is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, NAfME, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Knight Theatre. She would like to become a music teacher after graduating.
Asked why SNC students and others should attend student recitals, Pointer said, “It reinforces communio. We love to perform and are looking for people to support us. That is what a community (or family) does. We support each other.”
Jack Feuerstein ’16 and Ben Olejniczak ’16 presented their junior vocal recital on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall.
Olejniczak, a vocal music education major, sang pieces that included “Mein!” by Franz Schubert, “If I Sing,” from the musical “Closer Than Ever” and “Intorno all’idol mio” by Antonio Cesti.
Olejniczak also plays the clarinet and participates in BIG, Knight Theatre and the Trading Carding Club. He plans to either attend graduate school for vocal performance or education or to begin teaching after leaving St. Norbert College.
When asked how he became involved in music, Olejniczak explained, “I quit the Junior Varsity basketball team as a sophomore in high school and joined the fall musical on a whim, and I’ve never stopped performing since.”
Tanner Lundquist ’15 performed his senior piano recital on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall.
Lundquist is a chemistry and piano performance double major.
He stated, “I chose SNC because it was the only school I visited that guaranteed that I could study both music and chemistry but still graduate in four years.”
Lundquist’s pieces included “Elegie in E-flat minor” by Rachmaninoff and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, a song many might know from the movie “Fantasia 2000.”
Lundquist is also involved in Tau Kappa Epsilon, Knights on Broadway and the Dudley Birder Chorale. He also serves on the executive board for the SNC Chemistry Club and directed Knight Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods” this January. After graduation, Lundquist will attend the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee to earn a PhD. He hopes to become a college professor.
Emily McIntee gave her senior vocal recital on Sunday, April 12 at 4 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall.
McIntee is a vocal performance major and a Spanish minor. Her vocal part is soprano. She sang contemporary classical music (from after 1900) in her recital, as well as a jazz piece.
McIntee is a member of Knights for Life. She plans to continue her involvement in vocal performance after graduating from St. Norbert College.
“Music has been part of my life since I was very young. Voice lessons have always encouraged my passion for music,” McIntee stated.