Musical Notes | Student Recital: Broderick Lemke ’18 and Megan Schirger ’18

INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY SAMANTHA KOLB | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

On Fri. Mar. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall, Broderick Lemke and Megan Schirger will be putting on their Junior Recital. Lemke is a Music Education (Instrumental and General Certification K-12) Major and will play the Alto Saxophone for the recital. Schirger is a Choral and General Music Education Major and will be singing as a soprano vocalist.

Lemke will be performing Walter Hartley’s “Petite Suite,” Ned Rorem’s “Picnic on the Marne” and Anton Bilotti’s “Sonata” for Saxophone and Piano. He especially enjoys “Picnic on the Marne”. It’s programmatic, telling the story of a road trip throughout southern Paris. It was a lot of work for him to put together, and really shows off his lower range on the saxophone. Lemke also says that the movement “Vermouth” is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable pieces he’s performed in a long time.

Lemke also has other instrumental interests. As part of the instrumental certification program, students are required to take methods classes for each instrument family. He has completed all of his classes and can (in theory, according to Lemke) teach any band or orchestra instrument, and play them to an eighth grade level. He plays a lot of piano, ukulele, and various woodwind instruments. If you want a real treat, come hear him play oboe in SNC’s concert band.

Music theory is a real passion of his, and Lemke really enjoys getting to use his analytical sills to come to a deeper understanding of music. Some of his recital choices are rather contemporary in nature, and learning about motivic development has deepened his understanding of the pieces. As a listener of music, Lemke is a pretty big fan of early minimalism as well as some post-minimalism as well. His favorites from that genre would be piece by Steve Reich such as “Music for Pieces of Wood” and Terry Riley’s “Descending Moonshine Dervishes”.

On campus, Lemke is a member of the National Association for Music Educators and serves as the President of SNC’s LGBTQ+ Organization. After his undergraduate, he plans to attend graduate school for music theory.

Schirger first became involved in music when her mom signed her up for the youth choir at her home parish.  After she joined that choir, her love for music began and she has been involved in music ever since then.  On Friday, Schirger will perform Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” Mendelssohn’s “Nachtlied,” Francis Poulenc’s “Chemins de l’amour,” Mozart’s “Vedrai, carino,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music, “Give Me Jesus” and John Dowland’s “Come Again, Sweet Love”. Her favorite pieces are Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and “Give Me Jesus”. Schirger says that she tries to practice for at least an hour almost every day, but sometimes more (depending on how motivated she  feels, according to Schirger). Her favorite part about performing is “the smile that it brings to so many people’s faces. I also love performing because it makes me feel very satisfied and has strengthened my self-confidence so much.  As a future music educator, I hope to spread this passion that I have for performing and working in music with my students.”

On campus Schirger is currently the president of the NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) chapter at SNC. Besides that, she is also involved in SNC Knights for Life and SNC Pen Pals. After college, she hopes to get a job as an elementary general music teacher, a high school choir director, or a liturgical music director at a parish.

Both Lemke and Schirger believe that it is important for SNC students to watch students’ recitals. Lemke says: “The work leading up a recital is immense, hundreds of hours over the past few years shaping the music you’ll hear in an hour. Recitals are the biggest performance that some musicians will ever give. I do not want to become a soloist performer, but for this one hour I am showing the world what I am capable of on my instrument, that I am worthy of the degree I am earning, and that I have some solid practical work to base the theoretical and historical knowledge off of.”

Schirger says: “I think that SNC students and others should come and watch student recitals in order to hear a great variety of music.  I also think that it is important that SNC students attend to support all the hard work that the students performing recitals have put into preparing for them. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a performance of fantastic music followed by cookies and other delicious treats!

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