Thursday, November 26

Music

Voice instructors adapt to teaching in a pandemic
Coronavirus, Features, Music

Voice instructors adapt to teaching in a pandemic

Students participate in vocal seminar while wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Photo courtesy of Professor Bakara Nkenge-Hinds. As Bakara Nkenge-Hinds sits down at the piano to begin her first lesson of the day, a mask covering the instrument she has spent years perfecting and a plexiglass barrier between her and the student, one thing is clear: this is not the way she envisioned her first semester teaching at Trevecca Nazarene University.  Nkenge-Hinds, an adjunct voice instructor, is well-prepared for the job of training vocalists on a college campus, but nothing could have prepared her for the challenges of teaching students in the middle of a global pandemic-- a pandemic that is riskier for singers because of the airborne-nature of the COVID-19 virus. “Bei...
Students learn to navigate music while socially distant
Coronavirus, Features, Music

Students learn to navigate music while socially distant

Choir rehearsal takes place socially distant. Photo provided by Trevecca Marketing. For Selah Torralba, a sophomore instrumental music performance major, her current experience as a member of the Concert Choir is miles away from what she remembers it being last year. “There used to be rehearsals with anywhere from 10 to 30 people in one rehearsal,” Torralba said. “And now, any sort of larger ensemble is broken up into smaller sections.” Trevecca’s music department has placed its focus on trying to be as prepared as possible for the complications of in-person learning this semester, said David Diehl, the dean of the school of music and worship arts. “We took a very research-based approach to figuring out the best way to offer a quality face-to-face experience that is safe,” D...
Campus News, Events, Music

Trojan idol 2019 begins next week

By: Audrey Yawn On Nov. 20 and Nov. 22, ten students will compete on the Boone Convocation Center stage at Trevecca’s campus-wide singing competition. Trojan Idol is Trevecca’s version of American Idol where the best singers on campus compete every fall semester. Audience members will be given the chance to vote on their best bet. A panel of judges selected 10 out of over 30 hopefuls were chosen from the eight-hour audition held last month. “We had a lot of people… there was a wide range of styles,” said social life director Emma Schmahl. “We have four guys and six girls in the show this year. I think it’s a good change.” In the past, the live tweets from students has been displayed during the event. The decision to continue that activity is still under discussion as Schmahl...
Trojan Idol begins Wednesday
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Trojan Idol begins Wednesday

By: Maria Monteros Ten of Trevecca’s best singers will compete in Boone Convocation Center on Nov. 28 and Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. for the title of this year’s Trojan Idol. Trojan Idol is a campus-wide singing competition held every year where audience members vote on who gets to advance to the next stages of the competition and ultimately the winner. A panel of judges selected 10 contestants out of 48 students from the auditions held last month. For students across different academic departments, Trojan Idol is a way to showcase their talents at a university located in the music city, said Shelby Morrison, ASB director of social life. “Our university is Nashville, so we have a lot of talent that comes into this school,” she said. “There’s no minimum requirement, basically. Anyone can auditi...
Campus News, Events, Music

Trevecca Student Peforms Showcase

By: Princess Jones After a semester of studying in a program designed to encourage musicians on campus, Madyson Williams, this year's winning student, will perform a showcase this week. Williams was the 2017 winner of the Trevecca School of Music and Worship Art’s Artist Development Incubator program. The program helps music student develop their artistic brand. At the end of the program, the student performs a showcase. “It's all been a learning experience and the showcase is just a small way to show what I've learned from this past semester in the program,” said Williams. John Thompson the creator of the Incubator program, has seen Williams progress over the semesters. “In Madyson’s case, I have had the chance to see her develop, not just over this semester, but over the last seve...
Campus News, Music

Trevecca Student releases single

By: Princess Jones Raquel Rivas remembers vividly the details of the day she found out about her best friend Auburn McCormick album audition. “I do remember very clearly, I helped her pick out an outfit and shoes for it. She was really nervous, but I knew she had it in her to make them fall in love with her and her music. I remember telling her as she walked out the door, "You're gonna make it, and they're going to see the you I get to see and they're going to love you,” said Rivas. That audition would land one of McCormick songs on a new album created by David Webb to help singers get exposure in the music industry. McCormick’s single “No Streetlights” was chosen for the album.  This is the first Nashville Dreamin album to be released. (more…)
Trojan Idols Top Five Finalist
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Trojan Idols Top Five Finalist

By: Princess Jones Gracie Pierce, Madison Clements, Cameron McClure, Brianna Corbett, and Que’ Dell Chithambo are Trojan Idols top five finalists. Last night Trevecca’s students and faculty headed to the Boone Building to kick off the two-night singing competition. Ten contestants competed against each other for the votes of the judges and students. For most of the performers being on stage was energizing and nerve-wracking all at once. “I was super nervous about being on stage. If I’m honest, I don’t have a ton of experience performing. However, once I started performing, I felt kind of ignited. There’s kind of a high you feel when you connect with the crowd,” said Madison Clements, Trojan Idol finalist. (more…)
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Center for Music and Worship Arts celebrates grand opening

By Bailey Basham After more than 14 months of construction, work on the Jackson Center for Music and Worship Arts is complete. The university will celebrate its opening and dedication with a week of concerts in the performance hall. The university closed the $1.4 million real estate deal in Dec. 2015 on the land that formerly belonged to Volunteer Trucking Company and renovations on the existing buildings on the property began soon after. The Jackson Center for Music and Worship arts, named in honor of William R. Jackson’s music-loving mother and daughter, is home to the Department of Music, the Center of Worship Arts and the National Praise and Worship Institute (NPWI). (more…)
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Security investigating third chapel equipment theft

By Brooklyn Dance When the chapel band on Feb. 7 showed up to Boone Convocation Center to warm up, they realized their keyboard was gone. For the second time this year, a keyboard that belongs to the university and is used for chapel has been stolen.  A set of drums owned by a student member of the band was also recently stolen.  The two keyboards are valued at $3,000. Trevecca security officials are investigating the incident. “There hasn’t been any forced entry, no broken windows or kicked doors,”  said Greg Dawson, director of security.  “We are waiting to review video so we can determine how they gained access.” The building was locked when the theft happened and Dawson said the keyboard was stolen within an eight-hour window between security loc...
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Music Building to Open for Classes in Spring

By Sydney Wisman Students enrolled in music programs at Trevecca can expect to begin classes in the building in January. The $7.9 million 25,509-square-foot building will be home to three classrooms, five studios for private instruction, seven practice rooms, additional spaces for instrumental and choral instruction and a 2,810-square-foot black box theatre. Trevecca closed the $1.4 million deal on the land that previously belonged to Volunteer Trucking Company in December of last year. Renovations on existing buildings on the property began in January 2016. Those buildings are to house the Center for Music and Worship Arts—an idea over 20 years in the making. (more…)