Second Annual Noteworthy Evening is April 9


Dust off the tux and buy a new gown, it is time to dine and dance and enjoy an evening of live music at the second annual Noteworthy Evening at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9. "A Noteworthy Evening" is a fundraiser for the Adams State College Music Department; all proceeds will go to music scholarships.

This "black tie optional" event includes a classical showcase recital in Leon Recital Hall featuring the Adams State music faculty, followed by a dessert reception catered by Bistro Rialto, ragtime piano by Dr. William Lipke, sultry jazz sung by music student Halie VanIwaarden, and the Adams State Faculty Jazz Combo will provide music for dancing in Luther Bean Museum, located on the second floor of Richardson Hall. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Call the Music Department at 719-587-7621 for tickets by Friday, March 26.

It is the goal of all the Music Department's faculty to provide the best education for their students and to offer the means to succeed. This includes initiating "A Noteworthy Evening" last year, developing current, and creating new, programs, and reaching out to the campus and community. Dr. Tracy Doyle, associate chair of the Music Department, said music has many wonderful, talented, and dedicated students. "They are invested in their education and go above and beyond in terms of service to the college and community."

Throughout the academic year, the Music Department hosts numerous concerts and recitals with a variety of styles including classical, opera, jazz, and sounds of the Caribbean. Tracy Doyle said building a successful music scholarship endowment is a top priority. "The endowment will allow for awarding appropriate scholarships to current students while attracting and competitively recruiting the next generation of Adams State music students."

Last semester, the percussion studio presented over 40 performances, on and off campus. "Many of our students simply do not have time for a part-time job and while we are very grateful for the scholarships we currently offer, I wish to do more," said James Doyle, visiting assistant professor of music.

Assistant Professors of Music Dr. Jamie VanValkenburg and Beth Wagstrom agreed, "Scholarships help make us more competitive with other institutions," said VanValkenburg.

"As our students see the pride that we have in this program and our efforts to promote and expand the music department, they also take pride in this department and that is reflected in their performances," Wagstrom added.

The department is introducing a music business emphasis in fall 2010. "This highly practical degree has already attracted attention from current students and new recruits," Tracy Doyle said. Current programs are seeing growth. VanValkenburg said band is increasing in numbers and quality. James Doyle said as a result of a "high end" adjunct faculty, a saxophone quartet and a clarinet quartet were established. "That specialized attention on clarinet and saxophone has a major impact on the education our students are receiving."

Lipke, professor of music, said the department offers more individual instruction and more performance opportunities than most large programs offer.

Matthew Schildt, assistant professor of music, said the strong, productive student/faculty relationship elevates the work level of students and faculty. "I think the mutual inspiration has yielded better musicians, students, and educators in our department."

"I am always happy to support my colleagues and their performances, and they in turn support my ensembles and concerts," said James Doyle.

"The team effort in our department creates a great learning and teaching atmosphere," said Schildt. "The feeling is of one cohesive department pushing towards a goal. This creates a productive environment that I think has a positive effect on our students."

"I have seen a spirit of collaboration among our students as they combine to form their own chamber groups, or ensembles," said Tracy Doyle. "This kind of independent music making is essential to their growth and education, so it is exciting to see them take the initiative."

Tickets are now on sale for "A Noteworthy Evening". Call the Music Department at 719-587-7621 for tickets.

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By Linda Relyea