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Two woodwind performances blow through Pottle

By Regina Pergola
On May 9, 2017

Members of the Student Clarinet Choir performed in the Clarinet Studio Chamber Recital on Wednesday, May 3 in the Pottle Recital Hall. Two separate quartets of woodwind instruments performed during the recital. Despite little time to practice and an absence from the quartet due to illness, the show went on. 
 Regina Pergola/The Lion’s Roar

Victor Drescher, instructor of clarinet and assistant director of bands organized and performed within the Clarinet Studio Chamber Recital that focused primarily on woodwind instruments. 

“This is my fourth year here,” said Drescher. “I coach the chamber groups, and I conduct the clarinet choir. I meet with students once or twice a week with small groups of students and do what we did tonight.”

Drescher described the program that played at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Pottle Recital Hall. 

“I picked the music for most of the groups, and I rehearsed them every week,” said Drescher. “We got the music to where it is tonight. Some of the pieces we’ve worked on tonight recently and some we’ve worked on for the rest of the semesters.”

Robert Marlborough was part of the first quartet scheduled to play, but he was unable to attend the performance. 

“He was just ill, and he couldn’t come,” said Drescher. “So, I filled in for him on the first piece. Then on the last piece, his parts were covered by the other players as well as they could.”

The players did not have a scheduled class time to meet for practice. Therefore, scheduling was a slight hindrance in their performance practice throughout the semester.

“They did a great job,” said Drescher. “They worked hard all semester. It’s hard for them to meet. So many of them meet late at night or in the evenings ‘cause it’s the only time everybody has an open time. So, that’s one of the biggest challenges. The clarinet choir is the only one that has a set time because that’s too many people to try to coordinate schedules for. All the rest of the groups had to coordinate their own meeting times and at least once a week coach themselves and get together without me there and work on the music by themselves.”

Jesse White, a graduate student began his music career in church choirs and later band. 

“I play all the clarinets,” said White. “This recital was fun because I played bass clarinet and alto clarinet which is like the small, little baby clarinet. I really got into music in church choirs. I ended up on clarinet, and I’ve just been sticking with it ever since. I did my undergrad here. I did a five-year program here and I will graduate next semester, God willing. It’s been really, really interesting and really beneficial. All the kids here are really talented. I think that working with chamber groups here really works to maintain that musicality.”

Lindsey Poret, a senior music education major performed in the clarinet quartet and the clarinet choir. 

“We kind of changed things around this semester, since I am graduating because of student teaching,” said Poret. “I hope to be a really good teacher one day, and I would like to teach private lessons to clarinet students and hopefully be a band director.”

Ryan Lafleur, a senior music education major plays the B flat clarinet.

“I came here as a music major,” said Lafleur. “After graduating, I’ve been applying for middle school band director jobs. So, that’s what I’m looking forward to in the future.”

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