A Digital Extreme ART-ery Highlighted by Two Musical Presentations

May 12, 2020
By: Andrea Binnick

The Visual and Performing Arts Department showcased a digital edition of Exteme ART-ery, which offered a variety of visual and performing arts pieces by students and VPA professors online and via VPA’s social media pages from Thursday, April 23, to Tuesday, May 5. As part of VPA’s finale, the department offered two music presentations.

A virtual presentation of Spring 2020 Mosaic of Music featured dozens of Worcester State students performing with voice, brass, wind, strings, and more. Below is a full listing of featured students, including Seniors Gina Phillips, Chantal Thomas, and Anthony Marzilli. This moving virtual concert can be seen on VPA’s YouTube channel:

VPA also featured students’ online presentation of original music compositions. As part of their projects, students featured visual art as inspiration for their music, as well as scrolling musical scores and student photos. Tune in here for Original Music Composition:

Students Featured in Spring 2020 Mosaic of Music:

Julian Wagner, Students of “Music in the Elementary School,” Sarah Tonkin, Jacob Poitras, Ryan Finneran-Gallagher, Ryan Costa, Krysta Lopez, Emily Labrie, Katherine Wagner, Karen Shalev, Stephanie Jacher, Liam Carmody, Renee Mercier, Chantal Thomas, Kaylee Salatino, Jacob Poitras (Part 2, on trumpet), Gina Phillips, Ziliang Jin, Erica White, Guitar Ensemble (Evan Couture, Stephanie Jacher, Ziliang Jin, Anthony Marzilli, Jonathan Paine, Connor Tompkins, and Julian Wagner), and the Wind Ensemble (Elias Boone and Erica White), respectively. Professors Jonathan Yasuda, Carlos Odria, Joe Scott and Evan Doyle are featured accompanists.

Students Featured in Spring 2020 Original Music Composition:

Jacob Poitras, Ryan Finneran-Gallagher, Jonathan Paine, Han Nguyen, Nicole Mongeau, Nathan Devries, Stephanie Jacher, Julian Wagner, and Anthony Marzilli, respectively.

VPA Music Professor Kyle Martin showcased students’ moving music in both videos. VPA’s earlier Extreme ART-ery presentations, including the Spring 2020 Student Thesis Art Exhibition and a replay of the Theatre Department’s live presentation of “She Kills Monsters,” are available on VPA’s social media pages @VPAatWorcesterState on Facebook and @WSUVPA on Instagram.

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