The Knox music scene is bustling with a variety of notes, pitches, voices and instruments this quarter on campus.
A few of the performances in the fall quarter include a duo piano recital, two Knox-Galesburg Symphony season concerts and the Knox Choir Fall concert.
A few of the other ensembles at Knox College include the Knox College Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Knox Community Band, Knox String Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Cherry Street Jazz Combo, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Chorale and the Umoja Gospel Choir.
On top of performances in jazz, symphony, choir, band, strings and a variety of combos, the music department at Knox College also offers an in-depth classroom experience, boasting classes such as the songwriting class taught by Professor of Music Bruce Polay. The final exam for this class will be a SongFest, which will occur at the end of this term. There is also a first-time Counter-Point Theory course being taught this school year.
Additionally, there will be two general student recitals open to all students on campus with any musical talent that they would like to share, whether vocally or instrumentally. The recitals are on Wednesday Nov. 7 and Tuesday Nov. 13 beginning at 4 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.
According Polay, “the music department is quite vibrant. It’s a great heartbeat on campus. It invites anyone that would like to be in the department to be in one of our performing ensembles or taking private lessons or to take our classes.”
Musical talent or not, the music department has many activities planned for this term for a variety of audiences and skill levels.
“All of the stuff is in the catalog and you can see all of that, but it’s all going and that’s the point,” Polay said.