The vocal and instrumental talents of students at North Platte Community College will be displayed at the fall recital.
The college’s music department will host the recital at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the McDonald-Belton theater on the south campus of the college. There is no charge to attend.
“I would really encourage people to come out and take note of the quality of musicians that we have at the college,” interim music instructor Pam Koch said. “It’s amazing.”
Students who are taking private voice or instrumental lessons will perform. Many are music majors who both sing and play an instrument.
“The experience level runs the gamut,” said Koch. “We have students who are beginners, performing because they have chosen to study voice or instruments, but who have no previous in-depth training. There are also advanced students planning to go on and study music at a four-year institution.”
Koch believes performing in front of an audience is key to the education.
“It teaches them poise, confidence and stage presence,” Koch said. “We can practice all day in a band or choir room, but they learn how to manage jitters by performing in front of an audience. Sometimes, they also try harder in front of an audience than they do in a classroom setting.”
That’s especially important considering the types of music that will be presented – everything from classical pieces to songs in foreign languages.
“The purpose of this recital is to showcase the students’ abilities,” Koch said. “So, we make them push the envelope and try things a bit more difficult than they are accustomed to.”
The recital is expected to last about an hour. Here is a list of performers:
Skylar Stethem, North Platte – vocal
Chelsea Fraser, North Platte – clarinet
Holly Williams, Gothenburg – vocal and flute
Devin Brixius, Ogallala – violin
Jon Wardyn, Brady – vocal
Lisa Hodgen, North Platte – vocal
Michaela Schultis, Tryon – vocal
Marissa Pascoe, North Platte – vocal
Maximus Wohler, North Platte – vocal