Music students have been out and about performing at conferences and special events around the state.
Brookhaven College music students presented three different performances for the Chair Academy Conference that took place in Dallas, March 22-25. The saxophone quartets, directed by music professor Roy Allen Jr., included Greg Newton, James Ramsey, Alex Silver, Kevin Sauerwein, David Janes, Sarah Pickett, Nick Galanos and Chris Partridge. The guitar ensemble included Lynn Irving, Donna Roberts, Rolly Mireles, Sam Govea, Leslie Enlow, and Michael Kokkinakis, and is directed by adjunct music professor Carlos Pezzimenti. The jazz combo also performed and is directed by adjunct music professor Freddie Jones. The conference was co-hosted by the DCCCD.
Some students went to a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra when Octavio Gutierrez, music professor, took 20 of his students to the Meyerson Center in early April. Students, some of whom were attending their first DSO performance, were treated to a solo by past winner of the Van Cliburn International competition Olga Kern.
On April 8-10, saxophone students and professors attended and performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region IV Conference on the campus of Sam Houston State University. The conference included saxophone students and faculty from top-tier music departments at four-year colleges and universities from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Louisiana, so Brookhaven College stood out as the only community college represented. The students performed in three different saxophone quartets and were the only student groups that performed world premiere pieces - written specifically for them. Gilbert Trythall and Kristin Elliot Baker, adjunct music professors; Douglas Cornell, adjunct humanities professor; and one of the saxophone students, Greg Newton from Hebron High School wrote the compositions that were performed.
Of the 12 saxophonists, who performed, nine are high school students who have been offered substantial scholarships to Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Christian University, and Baylor, Trinity, Howard, Stanford, Yale and Harvard universities; either to major in music or to contribute to the music programs at these institutions while pursuing other academic areas.
Roy, along with alumni Nick Galanos, Courtney Kuhn, Ethan Galvin and Ryan Arvo performed either solos or chamber recitals at the conference as well.