Music Student for a Day

Music department Chair Rob Bridge holds a question-and-answer session with high school students interested in percussion.

Music department Chair Rob Bridge holds a question-and-answer session with high school students interested in percussion.

Interested in majoring in music in college? OCC’s “Music Student for a Day” program is a great way to find out if it’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why more than 90 students from 23 area high schools came to the College Friday, October 23. They, along with several high school teachers, spent most of the day experiencing everything OCC’s Music major has to offer.

Students began their day with breakfast in the Instrument and Choral Rehearsal room. Next they moved to the Recital Hall where they were welcomed by College President Dr. Casey Crabill. Rob Bridge, Chair of OCC’s Music department, introduced students to fellow faculty members. Students were then allowed to spend the next two hours attending classes with current OCC students in disciplines such as Theory, History and Music Appreciation.

After classes College Music faculty held a recital for the high school students in Storer Auditorium. That was followed by break-out sessions at which students could speak with faculty members who teach what they are interested in including voice, woodwinds, strings, percussion, trumpet, flutes, guitars, low brass and the oboe.

West Genesee High School students (left) Emma Karp and (right) Kaylin Hubbard enjoyed their Music Student for a Day experience.

West Genesee High School students (left) Emma Karp and (right) Kaylin Hubbard enjoyed their Music Student for a Day experience.

The students’ day wrapped up with lunch in the Instrument and Choral Rehearsal room. “I thought it was a great educational experience,” said Kaylin Hubbard, a junior from West Genesee High School. “I learned so much just by being here. The chances of me coming here are higher after seeing what it’s like.” Emma Karp, a senior from West Genesee also enjoyed being an OCC Music Student for a Day. “I learned quite a bit in Music Theory class. It will put me a little ahead when I go back to school. I also enjoyed Music History because that isn’t offered at my school.”

Students and teachers from the following school districts attended the Music Student for a Day program: Alexandria, Altmar Parish Williamstown, Beaver River, Bishop Grimes, Camden, Copenhagen, Fayetteville-Manlius, Frankfort-Schuyler, Fulton, Homer, Midlakes, Oriskany, Oswego, Red Creek, Saranac Lake, Sherburn-Earlville, Sackets Harbor, Skaneateles, South Jefferson, Union Endicott, Union Springs, Waterloo and West Genesee.

High school students or teachers interested in participating in a future Music Student for a Day program or scheduling a visit can do so by contacting Music department secretary Leslie Kraus at krausl@sunyocc.edu.

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