Honors Invitational, Jan. 10

By Christina Manuel

The music department is kicking off the winter quarter by hosting the Honors Invitational at 8 p.m Jan. 10 in the music recital hall.

The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend the concert.

Directed by Professor Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman, the Honors Invitational is a showcase of some of Cal Poly Pomona’s best student musicians.

The performers are students that excelled in each of their different jury performances last quarter, and were requested by their professors to perform their jury pieces once again, however this time for everyone to enjoy.

Students spent fall quarter taking a performance seminar class to help them improve upon their performance skills.

Still, most of the preparation for their jury performances was done on their own time by practicing every day for hours upon end.

Performing in the Honors Invitational is an amazing accomplishment for the chosen students, and the music department is proud to showcase their dedication and hard work.

Xavier Montalbo, a second-year music industry studies student, is performing in the Honors Invitational as a solo singer.

Montalbo has been singing for 10 years and is enthusiastic that he is one of the selected musicians to perform his jury piece once again.

“It’s important because it assures me that I am progressing well,” Montalbo said.

“My improvement in my performance for the jury has been so much that my professors acknowledge my skill and talent.”

Montalbo hopes his piece, which is entirely in German, captivates and impresses the audience as much as it impressed his professors who invited him to perform.

Showcasing his skill on the piano, Joshua Tessler, a fourth-year performance student is also one of the talented musicians performing in the Invitational.

Tessler has been playing the piano for 16 years, and focuses on it as his main instrument for his performance major.

This will be Tessler’s second time performing in the Honors Invitational; he was invited to perform last year as well sticking with his piano expertise.

Making every performance personal, Tessler describes how he feels when playing for an audience.

“When I play piano I usually have an emotional state in my mind that’s greatly reflected upon,” Tessler said.

“I hope people come to understand me a little better after my selections that night.”

Christian Berktold, a fourth-year music performance student, is another one of the students invited to showcase his talent with his guitar.

Practicing day and night last quarter for his jury performance, Berktold is a dedicated full-time musician.

Taking the time he spends practicing very seriously, he eventually wants to have a full-time job as a musician.

“I usually practice 20 hours a week over a 10-week course, so I’d say I’ve practiced 200 hours at least,” Berktold said.

Honors Invitational will feature music students that excelled in their past jury music performances

Courtesy of Music Department/Chiara Neyman

Honors Invitational will feature music students that excelled in their past jury music performances

Performing in the Honors Invitational is an amzing accomplishment for many music students.

Courtesy of Music Department/Chiara Neyman

Performing in the Honors Invitational is an amzing accomplishment for many music students.

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