A flurry of winter wonderful opportunities: Inside PCC’s music program

by ALYSSA RAMER and

KIT B. FASSLER

Pima Community College’s music program offers opportunities for talented students to develop their skills in music.

According to PCC’s website, the music program encompasses the music history, industry and music theory of the modern and classic eras. Independent studies are offered for voice, piano, guitar and other musical instruments in a studio setting.

Classes are held at the West Campus Center for the Arts. Students enjoy a wide selection of features, including a MIDI laboratory.

Music students are encouraged to join different performing groups that include Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble and College Singers.

Raymundo Montes, a PCC music student, plays flute for the wind ensemble.  He takes music courses at Pima and plans to transfer to Arizona State University.

“We have dedicated music instructors who help us succeed, whether it’s about understanding music theory or preparing a recital or concert,” Montes said.  “I loved music since I was a child.  Music develops creative expression, self-discipline and character.”

Students can build their musical foundation by earning an associate degree in Music with low costs and then transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Mark Nelson directs PCC’s Wind Ensemble and has planned an exciting collaboration with Catalina Foothills High School.

The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Mike Kuhn. This ensemble imitates “Big Band Style” delivery.

Alexander Tentser conducts PCC’s orchestra, a blend of students and non-students. The vocal groups are led by Jonathan Ng. He conducts both the Chorale and the College Singers, which is also gender neutral but focuses on the A Capella style.

These performing groups and other artists will hold concerts throughout the rest of the 2015-2016 school year. Ticket prices vary from $6 to $8 and can be bought at the Box Office at the Center for the Arts. See the schedule above for a description of these concerts.

This is beautiful music that inspires our community.

Early events scheduled for Spring 2016 will be listed in Issue 8 of the Aztec Press. Tickets for all shows can be purchased in the CFA Box Office. A full list of the concerts can be found in the “Inspire!” brochure filed at the CFA. It’s also posted online at pima.edu/cfa. Call the box office at 206-6986 for more information.

Here’s a simple sampler of what to expect from this musical concert series.

Dec. 1: A taste of jazz to liven the mood. Come listen to Big Band music by Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Dexter Gordon. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $6. Ensemble Director Mike Kuhn is leading the performance which will feature Roger Wallace, a famous trombonist. This show will be held in the Proscenium Theatre

Dec. 3: This colorfully delightful collaboration will float through your mind on the breeze. The PCC and Catalina Foothills High School wind ensembles are getting together for a holiday concert. The PCC Ensemble is directed by Mark Nelson.

The concert will feature some very unique music, including Ralph Williams’ English folk song “Suite. “ It will also include the popular song “Sleigh Ride,” written by Leroy Anderson.

playlist the night of the show. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $6. This show will be held in the Proscenium Theatre.

Dec. 4: Student voices chime in the winter night. PCC Chorale and College Singers will join together to sing classic songs, including medieval tunes and some more modern ballads such as “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Disney’s Pinocchio. The show, directed by Jonathan Ng starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6. This show will be held in the Proscenium Theatre

Dec. 5: Hear the intensity of the storm growing in this multi-instrument reproduction of work by Mozart, Mendelsohn and Vivaldi. PCC Orchestra will be orchestrating songs from these three famous composers at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6. This show will be held in the Proscenium Theatre. The orchestra is directed by Alexander Tentser.

“Our concert will feature Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony #3, “Scottish”, inspired by the composer’s trip to Scotland. The piece depicts a violent storm at sea with thunder and lightning and gradual calming down,” Tenser said.

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The Pima Community College Wind Ensemble unleashes beautiful melodies upon its audience during a previous concert. (Photo courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts)

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