Music majors perform mixed music concert


Ashwin Kishor

Preparing for the Mixed Music Concert, Yurem Martinez-Munoz and Graham Randolph, eighth grade band majors, wait for directions from the conductor. “We’ve been preparing for our Combined Music Dept. concert since Oct. 11,” Nancy Beebe said

Music majors ranging from vocal, band, strings, and piano combined together to perform in the  annual Mixed Music Concert.

“The toughest thing to deal with is always the logistics of equipment and moving chairs, stands, risers, and students,” Jamie Groves, band teacher said.

This year was especially special to one person, vocal teacher Constance Drosakis, since this was her last year teaching at Bak. She conducted a piece called “Homeland” which was adapted from Gustav Hoslt’s “Jupiter” theme from his multi-movement work, “The Planets”.

“‘Homeland’ is one of my favorite combined orchestral and choral pieces,” Drosakis said.

Even though things were returning back to normal, COVID-19 was a factor in planning the concert.

“Due to COVID-19, the singers and instrumentalists will be masked and we can only fill the Main Stage to 50 percent capacity,” Nancy Beebe, band teacher said.

Although some time has passed since many of the students performed, they had been working hard in order to create the best show possible.

“We are all really looking forward to seeing and hearing the students come together,” Groves said. “It will feel especially wonderful since we didn’t have the opportunity to perform as a department last year.”