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Music majors are Playing the Hits

March 17, 2017

This article was written by Marcus Gazaway

Students perform music’s most popular songs in the Music Department’s weekly recitals

Student musicians and vocalists share a stage in a collaborative effort to cover some of music’s most popular songs. Through the exploration of musical genres, students are tasked each week to perform cover versions of well-known artists from a specific genre. It is through these performances that students get to share their love of performance, artistry, and music.

“Music is a very powerful thing that helps us bond with one another. It is important for students to come see their peers perform and maybe even get involved in some of the events.” Says Andrew Heinzman, music major at CSUMB.

The director of choral and vocal studies, Carlos A. Tottress, organizes the event with 22 students assisting in production.

“Our Voice Recitals are another form of vocal training that ensures the growth and development of our Vocal I & II students as they learn to produce their best sound in terms of vocal performance, performance skills, and stage presence.” Says Tottress.

Last week the students performed popular country songs. The evening featured songs from artists such as: Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Gabrielle Aplin, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Patsy Kline, Eddy Arnold, Brad Paisley, Emmy Lou Harris, and Drew Holcomb. Future events include songs from the musical genres of Classical, Broadway, and Gospel music.

The live concerts are held every Friday from 4 – 5 p.m. in the music hall on campus. All students are welcome to attend and admission is free.

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