TJC’s Arts Festival gave Tyler I.S.D. Early College High School students the unique opportunity to experience a live performance of what they are learning in their Music Appreciation class.
Mr. Otto Harry’s ECHS students attended the “Coffee House” at Tyler Museum of Art which featured TJC’s Guitar Ensemble, directed by Professor Frank Kimlicko.
“I felt a connection with the singers and members of the band as well as people around me,” said sophomore Nicole Grayson. Ms. Grayson went on to say that hearing musical vocals in Spanish and Italian languages added to her interdisciplinary studies.
Sophomore Devin Kirksey said he looks for the effect that music has on him. “It was enlightening,” he said. “I could feel the emotion of the composer.”
TISD Early College Students Morgan Carter and Nicole Grayson listen to Tyler Junior College Guitar Ensemble at TJC Arts Festival event.
“This was a great opportunity for the Early College High School students to interact with TJC’s main campus,” said TJC Music Department Chair Jeanie Oxler. “There are many opportunities for students and members of the public to experience musical performances as well as numerous other events that highlight the arts during TJC’s month-long Arts Festival celebration,” she added.
Noon “Coffee House” performances will continue each Wednesday in April at Tyler Museum of Art. A faculty recital will be held April 12; the Chamber Ensemble will be featured April 19; and Chamber Singers will perform April 26. TJC’s Arts Festival continues throughout the month with art exhibits, band performances, student and faculty recitals, featured speakers and performers and other events. Guest pianist Jovanni-Rey de Pedro will take the stage at Jean Browne Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m., and International Day will include guest speaker, philanthropist and founder of Niños Foundation, Jolanda van den Berg at 10 a.m. April 18, in Wise Auditorium.
For the full schedule of events and exhibits, please visit tjc.edu/artsfestival.