Torchlight w-Honor Roll Fall 2013

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To learn more about supporting programs in the Department of Music, call Kevin Gonzalez at (916) 278-6290 or visit Music major Ryan Suleiman leads the Camerata Capistrano in rehearsing a piece he composed for the group's concert tour. Music in motion: Camerata Capistrano hits the road Talk about an intimate concert experience. Sacramento State's music program is getting up close and personal with high school students around the region. Through a concert tour of Northern California, Sacramento State music students are visiting high schools and sharing their talents. "It was fabulous for my kids," says Ginger Ekroth, music teacher at Folsom High School which hosted Sacramento State's Camerata Capistrano last spring. "They weren't just sitting back and listening, they got a chance to go up and stand behind (the Sacramento State musicians) while they played, which allowed them to follow along with the music." The interactive concerts, made possible by a gift from the Phyllis I. Sorichetti Family Trust, gives representatives from the University's music program a chance to showcase Sacramento State's musical merit, while inspiring prospective young players. Camerata Capistrano, directed by Sacramento State music professor Lorna Peters, is a group of more than 25 students who volunteered their time to be a part of the concert series tour. Last year's off-campus visits included eight concerts around Sacramento and the Bay Area. The Sacramento State players are looking to gain experience as performers and the concerts provide a unique opportunity. "It taught me a whole new perspective on playing and how to adjust to situations you're thrown into," says senior Shannon Houston, who plays the violin. "The concerts were very informal and it was great." Matthew Foley plays classical guitar and plans on a career playing and teaching after he graduates in December. He was motivated to join Camerata Capistrano to gain experience in front of an audience. "I wanted to get more exposure," Foley says. "I've taught a lot already, but I want to teach at a higher level. These concerts helped prepare me for that." Throughout the events, the highschoolers have the chance to learn about the music they hear—baroque compositions by Vivaldi, Telemann, Lully and others. They're also encouraged to ask questions and interact with Sacramento State's musicians. This year's tour also included a new composition—inspired by baroque forms and gestures—written for the Camerata by student composer Ryan Suleiman. "The students liked getting to talk with (the Sacramento State students) after the concert," Ekroth says. "Any time they get to interact with college kids, they really appreciate it." Sorichetti would have certainly applauded the traveling concert. A talented soprano, Sorichetti sang professionally and studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. She later taught music at Joaquin Miller Junior High School in Sacramento for 30 years before retiring in 1985. Education was a family endeavor for the Sorichettis. Her husband Edward '60 (Social Science) taught biology at Kennedy High School—one of the stops on the Camerata tour—and Elk Grove Middle School. Camerata Capistrano, whose concerts routinely sell out, will perform Dec. 15 in Capistrano Hall. Visit for details. Camerata Capistrano, directed by Lorna Peters (center). Fall 2013 3

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