Two programs initiated
by the School of Music exposed students to world-renowned artists,
representing a diversity of musical and philosophical styles.
These programs seek to challenge students to pursue excellence
as musicians: the Artist Concert Series, a program that draws
artists from every spectrum of the music community to perform
on campus; and the Jascha Heifetz Society, a nonprofit educational
organization that partners with universities and colleges in
presenting master classes, recitals, and educational forums.
The spectrum of artists included virtuoso violinist Tibor Varga,
jazz pianist Monty Alexander, and internationally celebrated
conductor Joseph Silverstein. In addition to the concerts, artist-led
seminars and master classes allowed students to interact with
and learn from acclaimed performers.
Phillip Sousa 02 attended many of the events offered by
both venues and experienced a paradigm shift as a music major.
After seeing someone who has attained a high level of
achievement, either through their voice or a musical instrument,
it encourages me to work harder, said Sousa. Being
exposed to these artists has snapped me out of an everyday grind,
and now I want to strive for that same type of excellence.
I learned that pursuing excellence is a way of worshipping
God, said Sousa, who has a double emphasis in church music
and music education. When I practice, I honor Him through
my diligence and desire to put forth nothing but my best.