The Chadron State College Music Department has scheduled 13 events for the spring semester. All events are free and open to the public, however, attendees are required to adhere to CSC’s Face Covering Policy and maintain social distancing. Live streaming is also available at csc.edu/live.
Dr. Brendan Kinsella from the university of Texas-Rio Grande Valley will continue the performance of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.
On Friday, Feb. 19, CSC’s Dr. Brooks Hafey will perform additional piano sonatas of Beethoven in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium at 7 p.m.
CSC’s music faculty will perform a recital Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium.
Dr. Symeon Waseen of Black Hills State University will perform several Beethoven piano sonatas March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium.
The regional jazz band, directed by CSC Professor of Music Dr. Michael Stephens, will perform March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.
Hafey will perform again March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium.
An honors recital featuring the Music Program’s outstanding students will take place March 27 at 3 p.m. in the Sandoz Center Chicoine Atrium.
CSC’s Percussion ensemble, led by Dr. Rick Puzzo, will perform March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.
The Wind Symphony and Community Band, led by Dr. John Wojcik, will perform April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.
The CSC Concert Choir and Community Choir, led by Dr. Joel Schreuder, will perform April 11 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.
Finally, April 13 at 7 p.m., CSC’s Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz ensembles, let by Stephens and Schreuder, will perform in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.
The 49th annual High Plains Band and Choir festival convened at Chadron State College Monday. About 70 students from 23 high schools in Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota will attend. Due to COVID-19, the event did not feature a guest conductor this year. Students have the opportunity to audition for music scholarships at the festival.
Following rehearsals Monday and Tuesday, the final concert was in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium Tuesday.
Event coordinator Bobby Pace, CSC accompanist, said even though the college was not able to invite all students who qualified because of COVID-19 precautions, it is still an honor for all those selected based on successful auditions.
“A lot of them come from small schools and this is a great opportunity to be in a large ensemble with other students who enjoy music and are as skilled at music as they are,” Pace said. “I think it's really great they get to come see the college and perform at a higher level.”
In addition to offering clinics for the students, the CSC music faculty conduct sessions for the high school music directors to encourage communication and professional development.