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Music Education Majors to Perform Senior Recital

Submitted by Sidney Turner on 11/08/2017 Music education majors Jasmine Brown-Jutras and Felipe Gonzalez will perform a senior recital on Thursday, November 9 at 8 p.m. in Centennial Theatre at Hughes-Strong Hall. The performance is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. —Photo by Danae Moore Music education majors Jasmine Brown-Jutras and Felipe Gonzalez will perform a senior recital on Thursday, November 9 at 8 p.m. in Centennial Theatre at Hughes-Strong Hall. The performance is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. —Photo by Danae Moore

Goodwell, Okla. — Music education majors, Jasmine Brown-Jutras and Felipe Gonzalez, will be performing their grand finale performance at Oklahoma Panhandle State University on November 9, 2017 at 8 p.m. in Centennial Theatre at Hughes-Strong Hall. This will be their last solo performance at Panhandle State, and one that will mark their success as a student. The performance is free to the public.

To perform in the Senior Recital, a student must be a music major and put in a great deal of rigorous work. Jasmine noted, “There is a lot of prep for this performance. This is the big show that we have been preparing for with all of the semesters of private lessons we have taken. Every day, there is at least one to three hours of practice.”

As Jasmine pointed out, this performance is no light thing. Felipe and Jasmine have had to take eight semesters of lessons and one semester of senior recital class to be able to perform in this recital. But, to perform, they were placed in front of a panel. This panel determines if a music education major is ready to take on the recital, if not, the student cannot play in the recital, therefore, they cannot graduate and would have to repeat the senor recital class again the next semester until able to pass, delaying graduation for that student.

The pressure was on for Felipe and Jasmine, but both passed the panel judgment. Now, the stress and anxiety of performing their hallmark performance sets in. Felipe stated, “The last performance is going to be exciting but nerve wrecking.” Both agree they can’t wait for the performance, but mostly, they can’t wait to be done because, “It’s like a great weight will be lifted off my shoulders,” Jasmine said.

Felipe will be playing his euphonium and will be accompanied by a piano, and Jasmine will be playing the flute while being accompanied by the piano as well. Both of the performers ask for many people to come and support Panhandle State music education majors because this type of performance doesn’t happen very often. This will truly be a treat and a highlight for Panhandle State to have true art played on campus.

The songs that will be performed are of varying length and style. Jasmine and Felipe will both play for forty-five minutes each, showing everything they have learned throughout their semesters here at Panhandle State. They hope to see “friendly and familiar faces,” supporting them says Jasmine.