A MUSICAL JOURNEY
Two of our recent Student Spotlights have featured EDP students who have traveled to other countries as part of their passage through higher education. This Spotlight focuses on Joseph Raville who, although remaining right here on campus in Chautauqua County, is nearing completion of his journey to an undergraduate degree in Music Education. His voyage to a Bachelor of Music (almost complete after he finishes his student teaching in spring 2012) was highlighted by his senior graduation recital on September 24 in Rosch Recital Hall, which was his first solo performance in college.
Preparation began at the end of the spring 2011 semester when Joe selected his performance pieces and scheduled the date, time, and place. When asked about his decision regarding the musical selections he stated that he “chose them based on something technical, something stunningly gorgeous, and something that tied these two aspects together.” The first piece, Concertino by Ennio Porrino, had special meaning in that Joe used a segment of it as part of his audition for acceptance into the School of Music as it gave him opportunities to demonstrate varied techniques. The second selection with its quiet and leisurely nature, Ballade for a Ceremony by Eric Ewazen, made for an elegant and beautiful transition to the last piece, Concerto for Trumpet by Alexandra Pakhmutova. “Ever since I first heard the piece during my sophomore year, I knew it was going to be my finale.” He put in over 120 hours of practice time and never stopped practicing because he knew he needed to maintain the endurance and “robust muscle needed to play on my particular mouthpiece. I had to play every day.”
About fifty-five people were in attendance, including Joe’s immediate family from Watertown, N.Y. (parents and two sisters); both sets of grandparents and an aunt (who came from the Albany/Saratoga Springs area); college friends and other friends from home; and faculty/staff from Music, Music Education, and EDP.
All in all, it was a very momentous occasion. Joe will be in the New York/Long Island area for spring semester student teaching and then back to Fredonia for graduation on May 12. This particular journey for Joe is almost accomplished and will surely lead him on to many other successful journeys. Congratulations Joe!