By Rachel George, Entertainment Editor
UNO’s Department of Music had a busy year.
In October, the jazz ensemble took a three week tour of Asia including China, Japan and South Korea. Faculty members, administrators and a jazz ensemble of 12 music students attended the tour. The ensemble performed four concerts during their stay in Japan and two in China. Their final performance was in a sold out concert hall of over 700 seats.
UNO’s Chamber Orchestra and chamber choir were busy performing, too, most often in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The chamber orchestra performed a particularly outstanding concert on Feb. 22. Professor Barry Ford conducted and UNO Music Professor and flutist Christine Beard joined the orchestra for a few songs. The concert featured 19th and 20th century works by Gabriel Fauré, François Devienne and Claude Debussy, marking Beard’s third time playing with the orchestra.
The chamber choir has performed 16 concerts this school year, with three more scheduled before the end of the semester.
Beginning April 21 and running until April 28, to finish the school year, many of the Department of Music’s students will perform recitals as part of the requirement for their degrees.
There are different requirements for each degree, commanding certain types of music or certain time lengths. For instance, senior Kyla Jerousek will perform her required undergraduate recital for her degree in vocal music performance on April 22. She must perform for a minimum of 40 minutes to meet her requirements.
The Department of Music has ended the year on a high note, with hopes that next school year will be even more musical.