Chamber music in library to ease students into final exams

By Reubin Turner

Staff Writer

As a student, the weeks leading up to final exams can be a rather uneasy time. Between studying, balancing club activities and scrambling to register for next semester’s classes, the life of an undergraduate student is stressful to say the least.

Accordingly, the School of Music is offering “Music in the Libraries,” an event featuring the flute chamber music of university students within the School of Music, set to take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the foyer of Moody Library.

The event will give students and passersby the opportunity to enjoy classical musical stylings while studying or chatting with friends. University Libraries have offered similar events in the past.

Cape Floral, Fla., graduate student Darbi Elliot, Copperas Cove senior Kate Kelley, Katy senior Jenny Lanham and San Antonio junior Allison Jayroe will play combinations of duets and trios. The finale will consist of a grand quartet.

Darbi said the event will be casual and she hopes it sparks student interest in classical music. She also said as music majors, they feel as though they have a duty to spread the knowledge of classical music by performing public concerts.

According to a press release, Sha Towers, director of Liason Services Department and event coordinator, Moody is a great place to have events such as “Music in the Libraries,” because libraries can serve as places of inspiration and creativity.

“I hope that events like this will also provide a moment of beauty, reflection and enjoyment to our guests and inspire us all to look for ways that each of us can be creative and in doing so, reflect the Creator in whose image we are created,” she said.

While the concert is being performed, listeners will have the opportunity to enjoy coffee and tea from Starbucks, as they will be open for drink purchases during the performance.

Dr. Doris Deloach, professor of oboe, said the chamber concert will give students the opportunity to become more acquainted with classical music.

Deloach said it is just as important for the performers to perform for the public as it is for the public to hear the music.

“The concert will benefit both the listeners and the performers,” Deloach said.

Deloach also said she believes classical musical elicits emotions conducive to spiritual and emotional growth.

“This is the type of music that can transcend the soul, and the event couldn’t have come at a better time than when many students are stressed to the max,” she said.