General Student Recitals

On Friday, November 15th, a few musically-talented students participated in another on-campus general recital. General recitals are a part of every college music department’s program and the musicians of Toccoa Falls College continue to amaze me. “Music is an academic and artistic endeavor,” said Dr. Stufft. Indeed it is and our eagles definitely understand that. A student performing a recital must know something (music theory, music history and more) and they must do something (perform as soloists and members of an ensemble). It is more than just understanding the way vocals and instruments can coincide; it’s the application.

General Student Recitals are, for the most part, solo recitals.  Vocalists, pianists, guitarists, flutists, trumpeters, percussionists, violinists and many others, work on solo literature in their applied lessons with their private teacher.  They rehearse and practice diligently on their solos, and during recital performances they are usually accompanied by a piano. The exception to that would be piano soloists and guitar soloists, plus the occasional unaccompanied wind player when they perform literature written specifically for an unaccompanied soloist.

Students are evaluated in writing by the music faculty through the use of a department developed grading rubric.  A number of key areas are considered during their performances, including stage presence and professionalism, as well as various musical and artistic criteria (intonation, tone quality, artistic expression, and several others).

Students not only perform but they listen to other students who are performing during these recitals.  Students will eventually perform multiple pieces in a solo recital called either a junior recital (30 minutes in length) or a senior recital (60 minutes in length) depending on their major.  Music Performance Majors, for example, must present a 30 minute junior recital usually during their junior year and also a 60 minute senior recital during their senior year.  Music education majors, in addition to student teaching their senior year, must also present a 30 minute junior recital either their junior or senior year.

Every music major performs a minimum of one solo (their general student recital) per semester.  Music performance majors perform twice each semester. The general student recitals at TFC usually include any number of 7 to 10 soloists and are scheduled for Friday afternoons at 4 PM. It is simply a normal part of every music major’s course of study in any accredited college level music department in the nation.

For more information about general student recitals, you can contact Dr. David Stufft at dstufft@tfc.edu. I encourage anyone who enjoys music and supporting their fellow classmates to come out to these FREE music recitals. They’re peaceful and easy on the ears.

Recap Homecoming 2013: The Eagle Invitational

This past Saturday, many women’s and men’s cross country teams from surrounding colleges participated in The Eagle Invitational.  The race took place during TFC’s homecoming weekend. Watching the many participants run the challenging 5k(3.1 mi) and 8k(4.97 mi) courses made me reflect upon the days when I ran cross country as a sport. I’ll have to say that this past Saturday, on October 12th, was a beautiful day to compete in the sport. It was not too cold nor too hot, and the atmosphere of crossing the finish line at Toccoa Falls was remarkable. If you did not come out and support our Eagles, you really missed out on an amazing time!

The women raced first and afterwards I was able to interview a few tired, wonderful ladies.

Crystal Hankin, a Senior runner, informed me that this year Toccoa Falls College modified their usual cross country course.
“They wanted to make it faster for everyone so that teams would want to come back, and there’s talk that they would possibly try to host Nationals here.”

Jodi Braselton, a Senior runner, added,
“Yeah, this course is flatter and nicer to run. It’s definitely faster but I miss the old course, too. It was more scenic, but the race was longer because of all the hills.”

I also got to interview a first-time cross country runner, Jessica Roe.
“I’m just so happy I finished. I’ve been training for three weeks and I really love running. It helps keep me in shape and it’s peaceful.”

After the boys finished their race, I was able to interview freshman, Mitchell Thompson.
“This is my third cross country race with TFC. It’s the first season that I have participated in cross country, but I love it. I just walked on to the team to stay in shape, so I encourage others to come out next year if they like to run. There’s a lot of fun involved, a lot of hard work, and a lot of great people on this team.”

Clessie Kendrick, the woman’s team coach, came in fifth overall out of all the girls running. . The first young man to cross the finish line for TFC was Alex Runyans, in 29th place. TFC’s women’s team placed 3rd and the men’s team placed 5th at the Invitational. TFC’s men and women teams did well this past Saturday and have qualified for Nationals in mid-November. If you missed out this past weekend, don’t worry! You can catch the cross country Eagles soaring again, at home, on November 2nd at 10:00am. Go Eagles!!!

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