For questions, contact Ellen Barnum, Personnel Manager/BSC Philharmonia.
Tableaux de Provence, by Paule Maurice
I am a junior music education major at SUNY Buffalo State. I am from Staten Island, New York and have been playing saxophone since 6th grade. I attended Tottenville High School where I performed in events such as The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New York Giants Ticker Tape Parade. At Buffalo State, I have performed countless jazz gigs and have been mentored by saxophonists Harry Fackelman and Dave Schiavone.
Concerto in Eb Major, by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
I am a sophomore Music Education Major at Buffalo State with a concentration in trumpet. I am originally from Rockland County New York where I have attended Suffern High School. I have been playing trumpet for 10 years now getting involved with every ensemble that has been offered. I have experience playing in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Marching band. I am currently in the Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble at Buffalo State College. Outside of Buffalo state, I am part of a Drum and Bugle Corps known as the Skyliners where I have been given the position as High Brass section leader and soloist. I was also part of a group called Prime Time Brass, where I was given the privilege to play with them in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I also teach the marching band at Webster Highschool in Rochester, New York. I have experience teaching at Lakehouse Music Academy in Asbury Park, New Jersey over the summer as well. After college, I plan to go to graduate school for performance. I want to become a studio trumpet player, as well as start my own Day-care for the Arts program. I want to thank everyone who has believed in me and helped me get to this point as a person and as a trumpet player.
Note: Kristine will perform with the Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Kristine Murnieks is student teaching for her final semester as an undergraduate student at SUNY Buffalo State. She is a candidate for a Bachelors in Music Education. During her time at SUNY Buffalo State, Kristine has participated in numerous ensembles and teaching opportunities. She was a dedicated member of the Buffalo State Wind ensemble as well as various woodwind ensembles on campus. She is still a member of the Buffalo State Philharmonia. On Staten Island, Kristine is a part of the Staten Island Community Band. In Buffalo, she has played for various church music programs. Additionally, Kristine has been a member of Kelley’s Heroes Marching Band and the LeRoy Town band. Kristine enjoys playing in collegiate and community ensembles throughout the state.
Kristine dedicates most of her time to teaching Early Childhood music classes. She has volunteered at the Buffalo State Child Care Center, where she worked with children from 1 to 4 years old. She has been a teacher’s assistant for the Early Childhood Music and Movement classes offered by the Community Arts Academy for two years. Now, Kristine is a lead teacher for two music classes for children from birth to 36 months. Kristine is also a dedicated member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. Kristine has made many connections in the Buffalo Community through music and her sorority. Internationally, Kristine has traveled to Torremaggiore, Italy where she taught English through music for 10 days. These experiences have shaped her musicality and education tremendously.
Marcus Roper is a classical guitarist from New York City who is completing the Bachelor of Music Education degree. He has been teaching guitar since he started playing and believes in teaching music first through ear and then through notation because we learn languages in the same way. He believes that all children should have experience with different genres of music. Curiosity is the greatest spark that a student can have because it makes the student ask questions, which leads to answers, which leads to knowledge. He has learned that the students that give him the hardest time are usually the students that he has the most impact on because he will stick it out with them and has the patience to work through all of the trouble that they might have.
Sarah Rice is a violinist and senior Music Education student at Buffalo State College. In 2015, Sarah was featured with the Buffalo State Philharmonia performing Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante in E-flat Major. She was awarded the Paul and Kathryn Homer Endowed Music Scholarship in 2015, and has been selected by the Buffalo State Research Foundation to mentor string students at Windermere Elementary School. She has taught violin at Buffalo String Works, and the Buffalo Urban Music Project, and was formerly a member of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. She is currently student teaching at West Seneca West High School, and is looking forward to furthering her musical education.
Kacy Harrison is a Senior at SUNY Buffalo State, graduating in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. At Buffalo State, Kacy majored in Clarinet and Voice, and additionally to her musical studies has had the opportunity to study Italian, German, French, and Acting methods. She has been part of numerous ensembles including BSC Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Elmwood Swing Choir. She has also participated in musical productions off campus with companies such as Theatre of the Mist. This will be Kacy’s second solo experience with the BSC Philharmonia, as she was the Soprano Soloist for Faure’s Requiem in Spring 2016. She has also had the pleasure of being a section leader for the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir for their 2015-2016 season. Kacy is currently teaching voice at Matt’s Music in North Tonawanda, and plans to earn a masters degree in Vocal Performance focusing on Opera after graduation.
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