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Major: Music - Instrumental Performance Concentration
For his Senior Year Experience, cellist Marinos Glitsos must present a Senior Recital. Like most Music-Performance majors, he began preparing early.
"I started thinking about it at least a year in advance," he said. "You have to select music that shows a full range of your techniques and the different styles you can play."
He worked on his recital all summer. Last fall he met with his instructor, who vetoed some pieces he had chosen and suggested others. Glitsos spent the fall semester adjusting his selection of music. "From there," he said, "you just start practicing."
Glitsos' recital includes movements of a suite by Bach: "To show technique and to show historical practices," he noted.
He chose one particularly challenging piece because it requires him to deliberately mis-tune his cello. "It's a personal thing. I just wanted to tackle it. It's like a musical puzzle."
Two sonata movements were chosen to represent different types of musical literature. He selected a Hungarian rhapsody for his "showy piece."
With all the pieces to be performed in hand, Glitsos must arrange them in a pleasing manner. For instance, long, slow pieces can't be played back-to-back. Pieces with clashing keys must be separated.
The musicians must first perform their recital to a "hearing" of several faculty members. The faculty members offer comments and decide whether the musician is ready to present his or her recital to the public. They might tell the student to drop a piece that isn't ready. It's a stressful procedure. "A lot of pressure rides on it," Glitsos said.
Once musicians have passed their hearing, they can complete their Senior Year Experience by presenting their Senior Recital to the public. It represents the climax to months of hard work.
"All our friends and family come to it," Glitsos said. "For a lot of music students, the recital is more important than the graduation ceremony."
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