Rather than studying for a final exam or putting finishing touches on a paper, Trinityâ€™s music students have been performing in recitals this week to showcase all they have learned and the work they have put in this semester.
Similar to a capstone or senior project in other disciplines, the music department requires majors, and allows non-majors, to perform in recitals to combine the skills and techniques they have learned over four years into one cohesive product.
â€œA lot of time, energy, emotion and practice has gone into preparing for this recital,â€ said senior Carolina Lozano. â€œIt is like a capstone because it uses all the skills you learned in your four years in one project that is presented to the public.â€
A Â 40 minute piano recital gave Lozano the opportunity to play four pieces that highlighted her experience as a piano student at Trinity.
â€œThese four pieces are absolutely the highlight of all the pieces Iâ€™ve played during my time at Trinity,â€ Lozano said. â€œMy pieces range from all eras of music. I wanted my audience to share the love for each genre and composer.â€
Lozano is a music minor and was not required to perform in a recital but chose to, just like junior Laurel Meister. Meister performed as part of Stephanie Keyâ€™s clarinet studio class.
â€œThe recital featured music from many different time periods,â€ Meister said. â€œRecitals are optional for studio classes, but private lesson students who are not partaking in a recital must perform a private jury for two judges. Why not have an excuse to get dressed up and serenade the Trinity community?â€
Meister says this opportunity helped her learn to play with others, as she was accompanied by a pianist. The ensemble played Leonard Bernsteinâ€™s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
â€œOne of the biggest challenges for me with this concert was recognizing that, in many ways, Bernsteinâ€™s piano writing is much more technically demanding than the clarinet part,â€ Meister said. â€œI had to learn sensitivity and understand exactly how my part aligned with hers.â€
On the other hand, senior Lauren Yorkâ€™s flute recital several weeks ago gave her the opportunity to play on her own for a change.
â€œI play in the wind ensemble in the symphony orchestra, but the recital showcases our talents as solo artists,â€ York said. â€œI started preparing last semester, considering that I needed to fill up 30 minutes of music, which is more than I would normally work on.â€
Both Meister and Lozano say that their final pieces are the result of hours spent meditating and practicing their music as well.
â€œAll of the technique practices I was given to work on when I practiced were absolutely needed in order for me to play these bigger pieces that require a lot of skill and endurance,â€ Lozano said.
Performers say that the more relaxed and supportive atmosphere allows them to enjoy and celebrate their work.
â€œPlaying in front of an audience is always scary, but it was wonderful knowing that my friends and family were there supporting me,â€ York said â€œThere arenâ€™t as many nerves as there would be if it was a judged performance. Itâ€™s meant as more of a celebration of my work over the last four years.â€
Lozano says that this experience taught her not only how to play music, but how to love it.
â€œI tended to get very frustrated with myself, and it was very emotionally frustrating and draining at times. However, I realized that I had lost the reason why I played music and why I wanted to do this,â€ Lozano said. â€œAny time that I play, I learned to realize that it is a celebration of music and not just something I need to do to prove myself.â€
More music students will be performing in recitals in the coming weeks. For more information about the times and locations of these recitals, visit the music department website, new.trinity.edu/academics/departments/music.