WCJC Music Dept. showcases student talent

WCJC student Brittany Yates, from Bay City, rehearses for the upcoming Music Department Recital, which is scheduled for Monday, April 28, on the Wharton campus. Yates will perform on both the piano and euphonium.  

WCJC student Brittany Yates, from Bay City, rehearses for the upcoming Music Department Recital, which is scheduled for Monday, April 28, on the Wharton campus. Yates will perform on both the piano and euphonium.

From piano to euphonium to vocals, Wharton County Junior College music students will perform their favorite pieces for the public during the Music Department Recital, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus.

Choir Director Eddie Vandewalker is expecting quite a show. This is only the second time the event has been held, with the inaugural recital presented last fall.

“We will have a huge variety of music,” Vandewalker said. “The performances are live so it is very exciting.”

Unlike typical events that feature ensemble performances, the recital is a time for each individual student to present his or her best work in front of an audience. Brittany Yates, a music student from Bay City, said this will be her first opportunity to play the piano in public, despite the fact that she began lessons in the sixth grade.

“It will be fun to do this – I hope,” she said with a nervous grin.

Yates also plans to perform a duet as well as a piece on the euphonium, an instrument akin to a small tuba. She has honed her skills on the euphonium as a member of the WCJC Band under the tutelage of Director Joe Waldrop. 

The recital is designed to be a means of showcasing performers who have been tutored one-on-one by WCJC instructors. Vandewalker said the students – who may or may not be pursuing a musical education – take weekly lessons at the college.

Instructors represented at the recital will include Vandewalker, Waldrop, Instructor of Music Debra Lemson and Rochelle Waddill, adjunct voice instructor.

“Students have prepared for the recital through monthly studio classes where they performed for each other,” Vandewalker said.

Around 20 performers will participate in the recital. For students like Yates, it’s an opportunity to obtain experience while sharing something special with the audience. Her goal is to one day teach music.

“I like to inspire people with music,” she said.

The WCJC Music Department Recital will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building’s Ensemble Rehearsal Room (Room No. FA133) on the Wharton campus, 911 Boling Highway. The concert is expected to last around one hour and is free of charge. The public is invited to attend.

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