UVU commercial music students react at the Noorda Center during the first showcase in the building
Students in the Commercial Music Program presented their original works during their semester presentation on Friday, February 15. Performers discussed the awkward moments during sound checks, the camaraderie a pleasant distraction from the pre-show nervousness as they prepare to perform at Noorda Performing Arts Center, the new arts building.
“Seeing the new concert hall and its grandeur, I feel responsible for excelling. Tyler Teerlink, a junior in music education, said.
Sadie Anderson, a junior double major in commercial music and vocal performance, agreed, “Now we have studios and rehearsal rooms…
“We tried to be involved from the start to make sure the building achieved what we, as a teacher, wanted it to do. The students are realizing that they have to improve their playing, ”said Todd Sorensen, professor of commercial music.
Corbyn Milius, a major junior in commercial music who also hosted the event, expressed her appreciation, and to her fellow students, for the building in the hall even before the show started and said: “It will help. [art students] reach our full potential.
Among several original and well-written pieces is “I am the Flame,” a personal anthem for Anderson. The piano accompaniment was subtle and served to enhance the vocals. The lyrics were empowering as she discovered her own strength.
“I crowned myself the survivor … I am not only the fire, I am the flame,Anderson sang in the chorus of his song.
Emily Rose, another singer of the evening, performed her song “Water,” which was reminiscent of African spiritual music with an old-fashioned jazzy sound. In the middle of her song, the music and lyrics slowed down, but she adjusted to it perfectly. The audience couldn’t help but applaud.
Teerlink presented their original song, “Puzzle”. He introduced this piece by saying that it is “too romantic to talk about any of my past relationships.” His genuine and gentle words resonated with an understanding of love.
“Never too late” is written and performed by Evelyn Escalona, who has already shown her talent as a rapper. With this piece, she showed scale with a classic ballad sound.
After an evening of student music in the new arts building, Corbyn Milius closed the showcase by mentioning Mixtape Live, produced by commercial music students, which aired on April 13. Find more information and tickets for this event here.
Photo by Johnny Morris. In the photo, Evelyn Escalana, a freshman who performs as Zarah, performs at the event. Escalana obtains her musical recording certificate at UVU.