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Toes tap at college's spring fling

Audience sits on stage during jazz performance

By Mbololwa Mundia
On May 5, 2016

Under the direction of Dr. Fred Kaiser, Kirkwood Community College students auditioned and were given an opportunity to perform in front of friends and family in the 2016 Spring Fling featuring Jazz Transit on April 22 in Ballantyne Auditorium.

To make the setting, audience members were seated on the stage as students performed seven group pieces and four solos including a number called ‘Journey On,” written for Jazz Transit in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Kirkwood Community College.

According to Halona Poor a first year music major, “It was nice to have the audience on the stage”.

Halona was one of the four students to perform in the Honors Recital the previous weekend as well. I like being able to feature a solo,” she said.

In preparation for the show, students rehearsed for three hours a week.

According to Kiser, “The rehearsals are set up like a classroom and students perform one to two concerts a semester.”

Kiser added, “Not all of the students who performed are music majors.”

He added, “Some students are nursing majors and even agriculture majors.”

“The auditions are open to anybody who is a Kirkwood student and that are during the spring,” Kiser said.

The students showcased their vocal abilities, with songs of today and songs inspired by Ella Fitzgerald.

The students ended the performance with “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” arranged by Fletcher Sheridan.

“I was nervous but it comes together nicely,” said Tim Parr, a first year music transfer.

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