Music Department hosts 32nd annual Showcase

The 32nd annual Showcase of Music was held at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts on March 2.

Despite the bad weather, Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities Dr. Jessica Mallard said she was impressed by the great turnout.

“The last piece of the showcase was impressive,” said Mallard. “You can tell that the people were too when they popped out of their seats.”

Mallard said she could see the appreciation a lot throughout the performance and she enjoyed every recital.“Donors are touching students’ lives,” said Mallard. “Their support makes a huge difference in their lives.”

Music Department Secretary Kristine Abu-Hantash said this year’s performance venue added tremendous amount to the showcase with its great location and crowd.

“Even though they put together different types of musical pieces and ensembles, it seemed to work well together,” said Abu-Hantash.

Abu-Hantash also said she loved Dr. Mark Bartley’s 60s Asian-inspired suit.

“He didn’t wear a traditional suit,” she said. “You don’t see it nowadays in western civilization.”

Music Education major Brian Hairston participated in the showcase as a violin player.

“I practiced around 20 hours a week,” Hairston said, “But I wasn’t really nervous since I’ve participated four times already.”