Student conductors a highlight of fall concerts

10.28.2013 | By Rob Vanya

San Jacinto College music students (from left) Jeremy Dergent and Jonathan Cebrian will be featured as student conductors at a wind ensemble concert set for Dec. 3 at the North Campus. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Student conductors a highlight of fall concerts

Rob Vanya -- October 28, 2013



PASADENA, Texas – A highlight of music concerts in November and December at San Jacinto College will include selections led by student conductors.

All concerts are free and open to the public. The South Campus concerts will take place in the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. The North Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. Unless otherwise noted, the Central Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.

South Campus concerts

• Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. – A recital will feature a quartet performing "straight ahead" jazz standards in the small group tradition. Musicians will include Tim Kochen on saxophone, Henry Darragh on piano, Glen Ackerman on bass, and Richard Cholakian on drums.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. – A holiday concert by the South Campus Choir will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” as the centerpiece, and will also include traditional and contemporary holiday favorites, including “The First Noel,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Three Holiday Songs” from the classic Christmas film “Home Alone.”

Central Campus concerts

• Friday, Nov. 8, 1:30 p.m. – A “meet the composer” session in the Corbin Recital Hall will feature musician and composer Phil Hawkins discussing an original work “The Pebbles,” a composition based on a story about a girl who finds some beautiful pebbles in a stream and is seduced into possessing them, only to discover that her possession consumes her.

• Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. – A two-part concert in the Slocomb Auditorium will open with the Central Campus Steel Band under the direction of Michael Mizma performing student arrangements of Beatles songs, including “Obladi Oblada,” “Twist and Shout,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,” and “And Your Bird Can Sing.” The arrangements were crafted by music students Thomas Grove and Cindy Vasquez. During the second part of the concert, acclaimed musical artists Phil and Michelle Hawkins will join the Steel Band, Vocal Quintet and Chorale to perform “The Pebbles,” a four-movement composition for steel band and choir. Phil Hawkins is an accomplished jazz drummer, and one of the leading innovators of music for the steel pan. Michelle Hawkins is an award-winning choral director and music educator. Her West Valley College group “Synchronicity” has been named Best Vocal Jazz Group for three consecutive years by Downbeat magazine.

• Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – The Orpheus Concert, under the direction of music professor Joseph Schenck, will feature San Jacinto College music students performing original compositions. Student composers to be featured will include David Hernandez (electronic composition), Elijah Reed (piano solo), Nahan Schweitzer (cello solo), Thomas Grove (clarinet solo), Adrian Loftin (string quartet), Jacob Bernstein (voice and piano), Cindy Vasquez (string quartet), Chris Ortiz (guitar and voice), Byron Williams (solo saxophone), and Nick Young (solo flute).

• Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. – The Central Campus Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Adams, will present a concert featuring students performing selections ranging from traditional standard jazz arrangements to original big band songs. The concert will also feature two swing Christmas selections. The ensemble is a full instrumental group consisting of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, piano, guitar, bass, and drums.

North Campus concerts

• Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. – The North Campus Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Randy Snyder, will perform a diverse repertoire of commercial styles, including swing, rock, funk, and Latin jazz that will showcase music students.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. – The North Campus Wind Ensemble will perform a concert featuring marches, orchestral transcriptions, and classics of the concert and band literature. Student conductor Jeremy Dergent will lead the group for the classical selection “Rhosymedre.” Student conductor Jonathan Cebrian will lead the group for the neo classical song “Havedance.”

• Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. – The North Campus will present a holiday concert that will showcase two groups, the Chorale and the Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Edgar Moore. The concert will feature traditional carol arrangements, as well as a holiday cantata by J.S. Bach, which will be accompanied by the Camerata Chamber Ensemble.

San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at all three campuses. For more information, please visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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