On the evening of Dec 3, the Boise State community had the opportunity to witness possible future musicians for the Boise State Department of Music.
In the Morrison Recital Hall at the east end of campus, students of Brian Hodges showed their cello and classical base playing skills before a crowd of their beaming parents and friends.
Hodges, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of cello and experienced musician here at Boise State. One of the courses he teaches is for students of concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment is a process by which high school students from around the Treasure Valley have the opportunity to take courses at Boise State for college credit.
In the case of Hodges, these students have the chance to refine their musical abilities with a classically trained and knowledgable veteran of music.
“These students are from around all around the area and I provide them with the opportunity to get some experience under their belt in regards to performing in front of live audiences,” Hodges said.
While working throughout the semester in order to prepare for this performance, the students also select their own preferred music to play in accordance with their skill level. This is determined throughout the semester during class time by Hodges.
“These students work very hard on all of their pieces,” Hodges said. “Playing pieces from the masters like Bach, Brahms and Vivaldi is no easy task for any musician, but these students like the challenge.”
Hodges’ students also participate in their own orchestras at their respective high schools, and he hopes to see many of them continue their musical endeavors at Boise State once they graduate.
“Teaching these kids allows for me to get a firsthand look at the future of the music department here at Boise State,” Hodges said. “They all train really hard throughout the semester and I hope to see them back here in a year or two.”
With a few missed notes here and there during the performances, the students showed some slight nerves during the course of the night. However, the recital was an overall success for those who participated as students seemed satisfied with their work.
For more information on future performances by the Department of Music, check out their calendar.