You have a voice—a distinctive voice that sounds like no one else. This distinctive voice is your greatest strength. It is the tool that will cut your path as a professional musician; it is the conduit for communicating real emotion in your performance; it is the thing that will enable you to connect deeply with members of the audience.
Chances are, you haven’t yet found your distinctive voice, and that’s OK. Finding your sound takes time, effort, repetition, and above all else, personal maturation. Finding your voice is a process that involves not only identifying your talent, but also learning to bring that talent under control—understanding its scope, where it is best applied, where your sweet spot lies.
At the Collinsworth School of Music, we are dedicated to helping you find your self. Through a rigorous performance schedule, participation in a wide range of ensembles and intense study with talented professors, you will find your voice, understand its effect on diverse audiences, how it can contribute to an ensemble, and how it can stand on its own. And you will do so in an environment that both challenges you to improve and nurtures your professional and artistic development.
We’re not interested in producing graduates who all sound the same. We want our students to go out into the world sounding like the best versions of their true artistic selves.
You might be thinking, “I know what music majors do; they make music.” You would be right, but music majors—CBU music majors, at least—do so much more than use their instrument.
Music majors at CBU communicate with one another—on stage and in the classroom. They listen: to what the songs they’re perfecting are trying to say, to the other instruments in their ensemble, to the other voices in their choir. They hear beauty in a chord change or a crescendo, and they understand that, if performed correctly and with enough emotion, they can convey that beauty to the untrained ears of audience members.
Music majors grapple with the idea that we live in a time in which people are concerned about how they will support themselves with a music degree. In response to that concern, music majors investigate ways they can continue to pursue their passion and talent for music after they graduate. In other words, music majors prepare: for lives as musicians and teachers and worship leaders, as conductors and engineers and producers.
But music majors at CBU aren’t all work and no play. They still find time to attend Midnight Madness, the Yule Festival and the Lancer Cup, or participate in one of CBU’s 45 student organizations or explore Riverside with friends.
In fact, every experience our music majors share together strengthens their bonds as musicians and friends, and contributes to the close-knit community we’ve created here. So, what do music majors do? Everything they possibly can.
Posted on December 3rd, 2014 in Experiences
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When young musicians dream about performing, the dream often involves a solo—a chance to showcase their talents and receive attention and adoration from the audience.
There’s nothing wrong with that dream; well-executed solos bring great joy to the performer and the audience. But there’s a different, more complex joy that comes from being a member of an ensemble.
It’s the joy that’s born from playing with a group of musicians, of working together to convey something that you couldn’t possibly achieve on your own. It’s the joy that accompanies being part of something bigger than yourself.
And though you won’t receive the same kind of individual attention in an ensemble, you still have the same responsibility to the music, to yourself and to the audience: You have to listen to the other people in your group, be mindful of how your part contributes to the piece of music as a whole, watch your conductor and be aware of how your fellow musicians are performing.
It sounds like a lot to master, and it is. But as a student in the Collinsworth School of Music, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in an ensemble every semester. In fact, it’s required. By the time you graduate, you’ll understand that there’s a great difference between an ensemble and a group of individuals, and that’s a lesson you can apply to any work environment, regardless of which profession you choose.