Symphonic Band Premiers Virtual New Year Concert
The Pacific University Symphonic Band presents its virtual new year concert, premiering at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, on YouTube.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged students and faculty in Pacific's performing arts programs to create and share their work in new ways. From music to theatre to dance, Pacific ensemble performers are now creating their works from wherever they are — on campus or states away — and compiling them into virtual presentations to share with the world. It's a different experience, one often lacking the face-to-face comraderie of shared performance and the thrill of a live crowd. But, it also means a larger audience and sharing creativity with those who may not have been able to attend a live show.
In the latest example of ensemble innovation, the 54-member Pacific University Symphonic Band has created a seven-work concert to celebrate the new year. "Hello 2021!" features performances by various small ensembles from Pacific, as well as one by the full band. Students recorded their performances individually, and the submissions were mastered into a high-end compilation that debuts Jan. 23.
Pacific's Music Department is home to several different ensemble performance groups, including the Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers, Pacific University Orchestra and more. The Chamber Singers partnered with performers around the Portland area this winter on a virtual holiday concert, which is available here. Next up: The orchestra presents its virtual concert on April 28. Watch for details coming soon.
The Music Department serves about 100 students majoring or minoring in four academic areas: music, music performance, music education, and music therapy. Music degree programs prepare students to pursue their passion for music on their way to careers in performance, education, and healthcare. The department also welcomes students who have other academic interests but want to continue to embrace their musical abilities. Talent scholarships and membership in several ensembles are open to all undergraduate students.