ASC Music Department hosts "A Noteworthy Evening"

(03-06-2009)

Promoting student excellence and quality performances is paramount to the Adams State College Music Department. The music faculty are committed to providing the best possible opportunities for their present students and attracting quality prospective music majors. The department has planned "A Noteworthy Evening" an evening of music, food, and dancing to raise money for Music Scholarship Endowment, which supports the study of music at Adams State.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 5. This "black tie optional" event will include a classical showcase recital in Leon Recital Hall featuring the Adams State music faculty, followed by a dessert reception, live jazz with the Medano Creek Quartet, and dancing in Luther Bean Museum, located on the second floor of Richardson Hall. Tickets are $25, $20 is tax deductible, and all proceeds will go to the scholarship. Call the Music Department at 719-587-7621 for tickets by Friday, March 27.

Dr. Tracy Doyle, assistant professor of music, said the event is designed to raise awareness about the music programs and to fund the music scholarship. "Although it is a ticketed event, supporters will be treated to jazz and classical music and dancing in the beautiful Luther Bean Museum. There will be something for everyone."

To stay competitive with other music programs in the region, the department pursued the idea of an endowment, and "A Noteworthy Evening", is the inaugural event to raise donations. Tracy Doyle said recruiting for the music department is like recruiting for a sports team. "To have the best possible ensembles we must recruit specific players. This leads to better quality in the long run. A step towards an endowment will make a more competitive playing field."

Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jamie VanValkenburg agreed, "Every student benefits from a well-balanced ensemble and experience."

Full-time music faculty include Tracy Doyle, VanValkenburg, Dr. Bill Lipke, music department chair; Dr. Christine Keitges, professor of music; Matthew Schildt, assistant professor of music; and James Doyle and Beth Wagstrom, visiting professors of music.

Wagstrom said the faculty is committed to recruiting talented local students and creating new opportunities through guest recitals and workshops. "We are always raising the bar of excellence."

"We all have a vested interest in each student we recruit, whether it is for the vocal or instrument program," VanValkenburg said.

The department hosts over 100 workshops and clinics every academic year. Preparing students for a future in performance or education is something we all strive towards, said Keitges.

Schildt said the department has a collaborative nature and everyone works together to ensure the success of concerts, workshops, and most importantly, their students.

"The festivals in February, including the Top of the Nation Band, Honor Choir, and Colorado Day of Percussion, would not have enjoyed the success they did without the team effort," VanValkenburg said.

"We have a wonderful group of music faculty," Lipke said. "They are all highly qualified and dedicated professionals."

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By Linda Relyea