The President’s Honors Concert is the musical event that happens just one time a year. Now in its 18th year, the concert was held on Friday, April 4, in Martin Hall.
In most years, this special event is held in February. This year, however, that was not the case. Winter weather, complete with ice and extreme weather, caused the event to be postponed to later in the spring.
This special event gives music students the opportunity to highlight a selected piece. The solo performance also presents students with the challenge of showing their individual skills. For some students, it was their second or third performance at the concert, but for others it was their very first time performing on stage.
The students admitted they were very excited and nervous.
“This was one of the best performances we’ve ever had,” Dr. John Fisher, professor and department chair of music at Wesleyan, said. “The reason was because of the high level of poise, preparation, and comfort levels. They must have been nervous, but they didn’t show it.”
“It was a great to be out there – to be supported by so many people,” Mindy Hanson, music education and voice studies major and performer at the President’s Honors Concert, said.
“It was a great opportunity to show our supporters and alumni what we’ve been doing in the music department,” junior Crystal Sanchez, who has a concentration in vocal performance and performed, said, “and a great way to support the President.”
Many of the songs were sung in foreign languages. Most were sung in Spanish, Italian, German, or French. Music students take diction classes where they learn how to sing a song correctly in another language.
There are only two diction classes at Wesleyan, and students take one each semester. In the first class, the languages are spoken and sung in English and Italian, and the second class is in German and French.
Soprano Mindy Hanson sang two songs composed by Fernando Obradors that were in Spanish: “Del cabello más sutil” and “Con amores la mi madre.” Mezzo- soprano Sanchez sang “Connais-tu le pays,” a song that was in French.
The event was hosted by Kenneth and Ann Jones. Quentin McGown served as master of ceremonies. All together, 14 students performed at the President’s Honor Concert.