The next installment of the Faculty Recital Series is upon us. Goshen College faculty from the music department have been performing at these recitals throughout the year, and this weekend there are not one but two chances to hear the gifts of the music faculty performed live in Reith Recital Hall.
This Sunday, February 1 at 3 p.m., Scott Hochstetler, associate professor of music, will be performing with Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, adjunct instructor of music, and Christine Larson-Seitz, staff accompanist, in Rieth Recital Hall. Hochstetler and Dengler Kaufman are both vocalists, singing the baritone and mezzo soprano parts respectively.
According to Hochstetler, the Sunday performance will contain “something for everyone.” Hochstetler notes that the recital “is a great blend of emotions—from deeply expressive singing to light-hearted selections.”
Highlights of this performance will include collaborative pieces in which all three singers will be involved. According to Dustin George-Miller, Music Center office coordinator, the recital will include a “mixture of art songs and musical theater works, and will include a few unannounced surprises.” He notes that, “if you enjoy Disney movies and musical adaptations of Monty Python, you will enjoy this recital.”
Hochstetler says that the other faculty members have “had a lot of fun creating the dramatic scenes for each [piece].” He enjoys the collaborative work, noting in particular the chance to perform with Dengler Kaufman.
“It’s fun to be on stage together again since our college days at GC many years ago,” said Hochstetler.
As for the musical content of this performance, Hochstetler adds to George-Miller’s preview, saying that he is “also excited to perform a song from the Pirates of Penzance with the men from [his] voice studio.”
The other faculty recital this weekend will take place Friday night at 7:30 p.m., also in the Reith Recital Hall. This event will feature GC Professors of Music, Solomia Soroka and Matthew Hill. Soroka will perform on violin, and Hill on the piano.
The program will include works by Edvard Grieg, Leos Janacek, Fryderyk Chopin, Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko and African-American composer William Grant Still. Soroka and Hill will be joined by guest musician Debra Detwiler Brubaker, a mezzo soprano and Goshen College professor of music. Also joining them will be Sandra and Molly Hill, wife and daughter of Matthew Hill, both of whom sing the soprano part. Sandra will be performing in both faculty recitals this coming weekend.
First year music education and violin student Monica Miller is excited to attend both recitals. She looks forward to hearing her mentors perform and can’t wait “to see them outside of the classroom, in their element, performing onstage.”
Both recitals are free for GC faculty, staff and students with a GC ID. Tickets will be available at the door. Regular price tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Prospective students visiting for Celebrate Scholars weekend are encouraged to come and enjoy the delights of the music department.