“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music,” once said the iconic Long Island native artist Billy Joel.
What better way to demonstrate the expression of the college as well as the students and faculty who dedicate themselves to the field of music and to set a show of rhythms for everyone? As a result, the faculty and students of the Music Department will be holding a department wide performance on two separate nights.
“These concerts have been taking place since the beginning of time, since the music department stared,” said Professor Craig Boyd, Department Chair and College-wide Coordinator of Music.
Making sure that the choir, band, orchestra, as well as the other respected groups are ready for these concerts takes a bit of planning as well as practice.
“The concerts are held on availability of staff, students, and the theater, and we usually get ready and plan the performances by the first week of December,” Boyd said.
Though the students and faculty who perform are playing for their fellow students, there is a much deeper connection between the music and these students. It also helps exhibit feeling, passion, and other forms of literary elements in the form of music.
“It’s an opportunity for the band, orchestra, and the ensembles to teach a high level of literature through music. Some pieces are emotional, seasonal, and demonstrate technique,” Boyd said.
When asked about the value the students get from these performances, Prof. Boyd jubilantly replied, “Students get the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie, getting the chance to be mentored by professional conductors as well as a grade.”
Performances that will be taking place include Ave Maria by the Suffolk Singers, Lambscapes by the College Choir, The Simpsons by the Jazz Ensemble, as well as other pieces of music from the respected participants.
These concerts will be held on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Shea Theater adjacent to the Islip Arts Building and are free of charge for students and the general public.
Students can also visit the music department’s website (http://department.sunysuffolk.edu/Music/index.asp) to see a schedule of upcoming performances as well as links to the Music Department’s Facebook page and YouTube channel to watch videos of performances from the different music groups.