Some Musical Notes: A Musical March

ALEX GRUBER | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

On Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m., Katie Gajdostik ’17 and Jaime Notzen ’18 presented their junior music recital in Dudley Birder Hall. Notzen played the clarinet while Gajdostik performed on the piano.

On the same day at 5:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall, Emma Philipps ’17 and Charlie DeVillers ’17 presented their junior music recital. DeVillers performed on the tuba while Philipps played alto saxophone and soprano saxophone.

Philipps is an instrumental and general music education major that sings and plays the fiddle in addition to playing the saxophone. She grew up listening to and playing bluegrass music with her father and started playing saxophone at 11. Her recital included “Rhapsody” by Claude Debussy, “Pavanne” by Gabrielle Faure and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glenn Miller, with “Rhapsody” being her favorite.

Phillipps is the current president of the SNC chapter of the National Association for Music Educatiors (NAFME) and the current treasurer for Knight Theatre. She also performs in the college’s Chamber Singers, wind ensemble and bell choir, as well as the Abbey Singers of Saint Norbert Abbey.

“I think that student recitals are a great way for you to support your community and to learn something new about music,” Philipps stated when asked why SNC students and others should attend student recitals. “Recitals are a great way to find new music that you might not normally hear outside of a recital setting.”

DeVillers, who is also an instrumental and general music education major, plays the bass and guitar in addition to the tuba. His pieces included Movements One, Two and Three from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Six Studies in English Folk Song,” originally written for cello, and Vittorio Monti’s “Csardas,” originally written for violin and based on traditional Hungarian folk music.

DeVillers’ favorite piece is “Csardas” because, as he said, “a tuba has absolutely no business playing a violin solo, but I’m going to do it anyway.”

DeVillers practices at least one hour every day and started playing tuba at age 10 after switching from the trombone. On campus, he sings with the Knights on Broadway and is involved in Knight Theatre.

“You get to spend hours studying, practicing and playing something you truly love and sharing it with your peers,” Devillers answered when asked what his favorite part about performing or working in music was. “Music is all about communicating what can’t be expressed with just words.”

On Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. in the Walter Theatre, Dr. Sarah Parks directed the men’s and women’s choirs and the Chamber Singers in the annual spring choir concert. The program included pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan, “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” by E. Y. Harburg and Harol Arlen, a piece from “Nixon in China” by John Adams and “The Witches’ Chorus” by Giuseppe Verdi.

Also on March 13 at 4 p.m. in the Weidner Center of Green Bay, the Youth Orchestra presented their spring concert. The Youth Orchestra, a replacement of the former Green Bay Youth Orchestra, features talented musicians aged eight to 22 and meets weekly for rehearsal at St. Norbert College.

Attend one or more of these events and support the musical arts at St. Norbert College!

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