By Yeana Kim |Staff Writer|
The Coyote Music Society organized the Small Ensemble Monday, Feb. 4 where students from the music department were welcome to perform any kind of music regardless of their major. It is a concert of total musical freedom.
There was no set theme but the purpose of it is just to give students a chance to express themselves in a way they may not be able to in their classes.
Also, it is a good chance for the student composers to play their own songs so people can hear it.
Normally the hardest part for the Small Ensemble team is setting up the entire performance, such as getting all the sounds up together but the team said they have a structure that they usually formulate with.
The program lasted one hour straight with many songs covered by multiple students.
“Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears was performed by guitar and vocalist Mathew Zemanek.
Other songs like “His Eye On The Sparrow” by Lauryn Hill & Tanya Blount was covered by vocalist Abir Naim, Denise Tillman and piano player Peter Roeleveld.
A few students decided to create an original song performed by themselves. Isaias Sifuentes was the guitar and vocalist in her own song, “One More Time.”
The concert occurs every quarter and it is open to the whole school. It is not just for people in the music department.
If people are interested and want to bring their own band from outside the music department they would have to fill out forms outside the office or with the Coyote Music Society, in their office in PA 219.
Auditions are held at the beginning of every quarter where aspiring artists can turn in their forms and audition.
Normally everyone who signs up plays in the concert, however prior hearings are held to make sure it is appropriate.
The money that they receive from the concert goes to scholarships for music department students.
For people who do not have experience of playing music, Zemanek said, “You don’t really have to read a textbook or read an article to know good music when you hear it. You will see some of the students on stage that will sing, play or perform with passion for the love of the music.”
He goes on to say that audiences should be open to whatever they hear, this way they can get a different perception of how the musicians act towards music.
Moreover, they will also have an idea of the music department and what the students are about.
Sophomore Hyun Chu enjoyed the concert very much. He mentioned, “I could see passion and love of the performers for the music through the concert.
However, it would be much better if the performers do not get nervous and have more fun on the stage because some students look rigid.”
“Other than that, it was great,” Chu noted.
Zemanek encourages that everyone comes to the concert and support the music department next time around. They will have a Small Ensemble Night again on May 13.
They will advertise through Coyote Radio, the Coyote Chronicle and will put posters everywhere.