Soprano Austin Nikirk was one of nine students from Gettysburg College who presented their research as part of the Kolbe Fellowship last Thursday, January 24. Phoebe Doscher described Austin's research and the other Fellows in an article for The Gettysburgian:
"Austin Nikirk '20 took an arts-oriented approach to her research and studied Floral Imagery and Birdsong in the Art Song of Amy Beach. Nikirk spoke passionately about Beach, an American composer, who pioneered women’s music performance and composition. Nikirk primarily studied Beach’s art songs, analyzing a variety of nuances in her stylistic tendencies, harmonies, and poetry. Nikirk described Beach’s modification of early strophic songs, and how she expanding upon melody and mood that was unprecedented for the time period. Ultimately, she intended to find how Beach used certain techniques to display originality and express emotion in her works. Nikirk will be singing songs by Beach during her junior voice recital at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music in March."
Of the experience, Nikirk said "it was an invaluable experience to do faculty-mentored research so early in [her] academic career. [Her] mentor, Dr. William O'Hara, was incredibly supportive of [her] many interests in the field, and helped me synthesize them into a research topic that was both challenging and inspiring." To learn more about Austin's research, and to hear her perform these pieces, see her lecture-recital on April 12 in Paul Recital Hall at 3:00pm, at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.
Just a few days ago, we gave our final performance of our Winter season, and we couldn't have been more excited to share so many wonderful moments with our audiences! We were absolutely overwhelmed by your support, and had so much fun sharing our music with everyone. Special thanks to Quorus, who joined forces with us to create an exhilarating concert between two of the best young choral groups in Maryland. But of course, our biggest thank you goes to you! Our fans and supporters. Without you, we simply couldn't have done what we were able to do this season, or any season!
This Winter, we performed three different programs in two states and for three distinct audiences - more than ever before in our four-year history! This was also our first season as a non-profit business, and we are excited to announce that we are beginning the planning stages to release two new albums in 2019!
Weren't able to make it to our performances, but still want to support our work? Never fear! Visit our Donate and Shop pages, and follow with our social media for more pictures and videos of this weekends' performances.
In the meantime, enjoy some pictures below from our Baltimore concert with Quorus: