A Musical Finish to the Year

BY ALEX GRUBER

St. Norbert College’s Music Department continued to produce joyful and excellent music in the final weeks of the academic year.

On Friday, May 1, Lisa Kroeger ’16 presented her junior music recital at 3:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. Kroeger played the flute for the event.

Kroeger was accompanied by Mary Slavek on piano for her recital. However, Kroeger also played some of her songs with the St. Norbert College Bell Choir, directed by Dr. Linda Cook, a saxophone quartet directed by John Salerno and the St. Norbert College Flue Choir, directed by Dr. Kortney James.

Meredith Pointer ’16 presented her junior vocal recital on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. Pointer previously was scheduled to give her recital on April 10, but the event date was rescheduled.

Pointer is a music education major and a soprano. Her recital included pieces from Bach and Strauss, as well as 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.”

The spring choral concert occurred on Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theater. Dr. Sarah Parks directed the Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Chamber Singers in a large number and variety of choral pieces.

The spring concert is also a tribute to all of the senior SNC students in the choirs. These students chose “Two Sturdy Oaks,” composed by Rachel Ziolkowkski ’15, as their senior song and performed it at the concert.

The Music Department presented its Student Honors Recital on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. The recital showcases SNC students who auditioned in front of the college’s music faculty and were selected for the event.

The recital featured performances by Charlie DeVillers ’15 on tuba, Genevieve Gannon ’15 singing coloratura soprano, Connor Klavekoske ’18 on piano, Jessica Kust ’17 on piano, Tanner Lundquist ’15 on piano, Emilly McIntee ’15 singing soprano, Ben Olejniczak ’16 singing baritone, Emma Philipps ’17 on alto saxophone and Jennah Smet ’15 on trumpet.

Jessica Kust ’17 stated, “When I play at the Honors Recital, I will perform in celebration of not only my hard work, but also in recognition of the efforts put in by every other St. Norbert musician.”

“I am so excited to be playing in this recital alongside some of the best musicians of St. Norbert College,” said Connor Klavekoske ’18. “I know that everyone involved worked very hard to get here, and we should applaud them for their accomplishments.”

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