President's Honor Recital 2014
Laura Evans '16.
Some of the finest performers in the School of Music will showcase their talents during the President’s Honor Recital on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
The event will take place at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. It is free and open to everyone.
“The President’s Honor Recital was established in 1983 by Professor Louanne Long to provide a public showcase for outstanding performers in the School of Music,” Dr. Andrew Glendening, dean of the School of Music, said. “Students are nominated by the faculty at the Fall Semester Jury Exams. The top students from each area - voice, keyboard, string, winds, brass and percussion - audition for the entire faculty of the School of Music during the first meeting of the Recital Repertory Class in January. The faculty selects the most outstanding performers.”
This year’s chosen students are Emily Collins ’14, voice; Laura Evans ’16, violin; Nicolai Gervaisi-Monarrez ’16, saxophone; Kelly McGrath ’14, flute; Edmar Oliveira ’16, piano; and Ian Rowe ’14, guitar.
"I was surprised to find out that I had been nominated, and even more surprised to I found out I had been selected to perform," Collins said. "Redlands offers its students many performance opportunities, and I am so fortunate to be able to perform at this recital for the president's namesake. To simply say that I have enjoyed my studies at the University of Redlands School of Music would not do any justice. I am fortunate enough to carry away a Bachelor of Music and, hopefully, a Master of Music come April from the University of Redlands. I have learned that it is a performer's individuality that sets them apart from others and makes them memorable. Redlands embraces each and every asset and flaw in every one of its students, teaching them to cherish their character, and embrace each piece of their person that makes them unique."
“Going into the final round of this competition, I was nervous, but not for the reasons one would expect,” Rowe said. “Rather than winning or losing, I was concerned with representing myself, my instrument, and my studio in a professional and respectable fashion. It's an enormous honor to have been selected, and with that comes a fair share of responsibility. My playing isn't just a representation of myself; it's also a representation of the others who play the guitar, and those who have supported me.”
Rowe has enjoyed his time in the School of Music, finding it to be a “wonderful, inspiring and nurturing place.”
“It is what you make of it, and if you're willing to put in the work, and really dedicate and humble yourself, anything's possible,” he said. “I think the other musicians performing alongside me are a testament to the quality of this program, and I think their playing will speak for itself.”
Evans challenged herself by preparing a piece that was difficult technically, but is supposed to sound effortless to the audience.
"I worked so hard all semester to improve my technique and solidify my intonation, and I just barely memorized the piece before the first round of the competition," she said. "I was so relieved when I found out I made it to the finals. I was grateful that my hard work paid off, and I was so excited to have another chance to play my piece. When I found out I made it onto the program, I was ecstatic. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to perform on such a prestigious recital alongside such talented fellow students."
Glendening is excited to see the students get their moment in the spotlight.
“These are the best of the best performers in the School of Music,” he said. “Not only is this a great musical program, it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate student success. This is affirmation of their success and proof that their hard work is paying off. Nothing encourages a young musician more than an appreciative audience.”
Posted: March 12, 2014
Written by: Catherine Garcia