Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Master Class Program Has Record Year

master class instructor at piano with studentThe Music Division of Elizabethtown’s Fine and Performing Arts Department held six masterclasses throughout 2012-2013, the most offered during a single academic year in the College’s history. In each masterclass, up to five students perform single pieces for a visiting professional musician who responds with suggestions and advice on how to enhance their playing of the piece. The students play again, under the eyes and ears of the musician mentor and the class.

“We choose students for the classes who [are most] ready to benefit from the experience,” said Douglas Bomberger, professor of musicology and Fine and Performing Arts Department chair, adding that 15 students participated this year.

Artists sponsored by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and Gretna Music typically serve as visiting instructors. Featured artists, this year, included Angel Romero, guitar; Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, soprano; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Andreas Scholl, countertenor; Joel Fan, piano; and Peter Kenote, viola. “It’s been a red-letter year,” Bomberger said.

Abigail Eagleson ’13, music major, says her masterclass experience was absolutely incredible. “There are these great opportunities to work with phenomenal world-renowned musicians who have experience to share. It’s been exciting, helpful and very fun,” she said.