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FCCAA Winter Music Symposium - 2011

On January 26th, 2011 twenty-five students and four faculty members of the Ybor City Campus of Hillsborough Community College traveled to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton to participate in three days of music making.  Five of our students competed in the artist division with Brunette Joseph receiving an honorable mention in the woodwind category.  Evan Thibeault was selected to lead the Jazz Band on drums and Patrick Ensley filled one of two seats playing alto sax.  Clara Armaral was chosen to perform in the string division Master Class and Trevor Morris was selected as the principal violist in the orchestra. Many of our students chose to take advantage of the offer to audition for the school which saved them the expense and trouble of a separate return trip.

 Trevo Morris
Principal Violist and Music Club President Trevor Morris works Mozart's "Eine kleine nacht musik" at the orchestra rehearsal.
The Symposium Orchestra was conducted by Dr. Laura Joella, a graduate of Michigan State University and director of Orchestral Studies at Florida Atlantic Unversity.  She involved our students and members of her own university orchestra in a side-by-side concert.  Our students remarked that playing next to a more seasoned performer was a valuble experience that kept them on their toes!    












Side-by-Side Concert on Saturday, January 29 at 11:30 am
Florida Community College Winter Music Symposium String Orchestra Concert
Romanze in C for String Orchestra, Op. 42 (1904)


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)


Serenade No. 1 in E Major, Op. 22 (1875)


 Antonín Dvoƙák (1841-1904)


Serenade in G, KV 525, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (1787)


 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

     Romance (Andante)    
     Menuetto (Allegretto)    
     Rondo (Allegro)    



Clara with Dr. Lautar
Clara Armaral was invited to play in a Master Class conducted by Professor Rebecca Lautar, faculty member of FAU and member of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Palm Beach Symphony.  She worked with the students on technique that would serve the style of the music being performed and brought each one to a different level of understanding about themself, their instrument and the music.







StringsA break in the rehearsal -
Clara, Trevor and Jordon








YefrainYefrain Muñoz before the concert on Saturday
Dr. Kyle Prescott conducted the Symphonic Band for all of the rehearsals and the final performance.  His energy was boundless and his enthusiasm for the music thrilled both the performers and the audience alike.  The Susato dances seemed a bit odd for a band program but the arrangement and the timbres used really worked and the ensemble played it well.

Evan1Evan Thibeault and Patrick Ensley were chosen to play in the Symposium Jazz Band.  Neal Bonsanti directed the group and inspired them with his great knowledge of jazz as well as stories of his relationships with the bands that played for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbara Streisand and others.  The band played some great up-tempo charts as well as one incredibly beautiful ballad.  Dr. Bonsanti got the band to swing, play with dynamics, good balance between all the sections and brought the Friday night artist competition concert to a smashing close.