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Nov 06
Public invited to NPCC Fall Music Recital

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Skylar Stethem, of North Platte, will be among the students singing at a fall music recital Nov. 14 at North Platte Community College. The recital is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Theater.

The vocal and instrumental talents of students at North Platte Community College will be on display Nov. 14. 

The college's music department will host a fall recital at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus. The performance is free and open to the public. 

"I would really encourage people to come out and take note of the quality of musicians that we have at the college," said Pam Koch, interim music instructor. "It's amazing." 

The performers will consist of students taking private voice or instrumental lessons. Many are music majors who will both sing and play an instrument. 

"The experience level runs the gamut," said Koch. "We have students who are beginners, performing because they have chosen to study voice or instruments, but who have no previous in-depth training. There are also advanced students planning to go on and study music at a four-year institution." 

She believes performing in front of an audience is something they should all experience. 

"It teaches them poise, confidence and stage presence," said Koch. "We can practice all day in a band or choir room, but they learn how to manage jitters by performing in front of an audience. Sometimes they also try harder in front of an audience than they do in a classroom setting." 

That's especially important considering the types of music that will be presented – everything from classical pieces to songs in foreign languages. 

"The purpose of this recital is to showcase the students' abilities," said Koch. "So, we make them push the envelope and try things a bit more difficult than they are accustomed to." 

The recital is expected to last about an hour. The following is a list of the performers: 

  • Skylar Stethem, North Platte - vocal
  • Chelsea Fraser, North Platte - clarinet
  • Holly Williams, Gothenburg - vocal and flute
  • Devin Brixius, Ogallala - violin
  • Jon Wardyn, Brady - vocal
  • Lisa Hodgen, North Platte - vocal
  • Michaela Schultis, Tryon - vocal
  • Marissa Pascoe, North Platte - vocal
  • Maximus Wohler, North Platte – vocal

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​