Incoming students and community members at Western Nebraska Community College will get an up close look at the school’s performing arts department.
The WNCC Performing Arts Faculty Recital will take place on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 pm at the Judy Chaloupka Theater. The event is free to attend and features works for voice, clarinet, piano and percussion.
“The music will be all classical, plus our theater director Violette Briggs and her husband will perform scenes from Antigone,” said Nathaniel Johnson, WNCC’s director of bands. said. “This is the first time that a theater has been involved in a faculty presentation.”
Johnson said there were several faculty presentations during his 20-year tenure at the university, but they didn’t become a consistent annual event until spring 2020.
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“As an institution, we’ve invested more time and energy into our fine arts programs, so we thought it would be good to showcase what our faculty can do,” he said. Faculty are the ones who bring students in to study with them, we want prospective students to know who they might be studying with and we want the community to know what they are investing in. I want you to know what you are doing.”
Johnson said students are usually in the spotlight for their WNCC performances, which can prevent people from realizing how much school faculty are capable of.
“We have some very good performers in our faculty, but sometimes people in the community don’t know that because they show up to hear what the students are saying,” he said. I like it, but faculty are just in the background sometimes, so I’m especially introducing them now.”
The faculty recital is the first of many performances at WNCC throughout the spring semester. For a complete schedule of performing arts events, visit www.wncc.edu/community/performing-arts.