Test-Driving OCC

Students and teachers from 13 school districts took part in OCC's Music Student for a Day program.

Students and teachers from 13 school districts took part in OCC’s Music Student for a Day program.

High school students from across Central New York spent Friday, October 28th on campus as part of the annual Music Student for a Day program. The event gives students considering an education and career in music the opportunity to learn what it would be like to attend OCC.

Students spent most of their time in the beautiful Academic II building. They had the opportunity to sit in on a variety of music classes ranging from history to theory to appreciation to reading. Students were treated to a concert by NYS Baroque in Storer Auditorium. They also had the opportunity to attend break-out sessions for vocals, woodwinds, strings, percussion, brass, flutes and piano.

Asael Puentes (left) and Alex Moore (right) of Henninger High School enjoyed their visit to OCC.

Asael Puentes (left) and Alex Moore (right) of Henninger High School enjoyed their visit to OCC.

Students loved having the chance to see what OCC’s Music program is all about. “It was a great experience to meet with professors and see first-hand what a college class would be like,” said Alex Moore, a senior at Syracuse’s Henninger High School. His classmate at Henninger, Asael Puentes also found Music Student for a Day to be invaluable. “I got questions answered. It’s really nice to know where I want to go to college.”

A total of 90 students and teachers from 13 school districts took part including Canastota, Clinton, Lyme, Mexico, Phelps-Clifton Springs, Pulaski, Red Creek, Richfield Springs, South Jefferson, Syracuse, Tully, Waterloo and Weedsport.

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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