Music Ed Students Perform at State of the College

By Linda Flores, Academic Secretary for the Music & Music Education Program

Fall semester was well underway when President Susan Fuhrman presented the State of the College address to a cross section of the TC community in Cowin Auditorium. She spoke glowingly of the many accomplishments by TC faculty, staff, and students in the past year, including the $218 million raised toward the “Where the Future Comes First” campaign goal of $300 million.

Following her speech, the Music and Music Education program had a special opportunity to showcase some our talented students.

Tim Sullivan (M.A. in Music & Music Education; saxophone) led a four piece band that included Adam Platt (piano) and Music Ed alumni Jeff Koch (bass) and Dustin Kaufman (drums). They took the audience through a medley of iconic songs from music history with lyrics rewritten to celebrate TC.

First, they roared onto stage in a rousing New Orlean-style rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In”, which was highlighted by Academic Secretary Lisa Daehlin‘s operatic solo from the audience.

Susan Scherman (Senior Director of Annual Fund and Leadership Giving) then stole the spotlight for her quartet’s version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The other members of her quartet included her office mates Urania Mylonas (Assistant Director, Stewardship and Donor Relations), Mark Lee (Assistant Director, Teachers College Fund), and Jim Gardner (Associate Vice President, External Affairs). They got the crowd on their feet clapping and singing along.

The energy level stayed high when Christopher Emdin (Associate Professor, Science Education) and Ian Levy (Ed.D. in Health Education) stepped onstage to rap in the style of Jay-Z in “Empire State of Mind”.

The celebration continued with the presentation of the Elaine Brantley Award by Janice S. Robinson, (Vice President, Diversity and Community Affairs). David Estrella (DIrector, Admissions) and Josephine Takeall (Senior Accounts Representative), were honored for their examples of service, loyalty, positivity, leadership, work ethic, and kindness at TC. Past recipients of the award – which included custodians, secretaries, and Associate Provost Tom Rock – were also invited to stand and recognized.

The audience was buzzing in high spirits as they exited the auditorium for the reception in Everett Lounge.

Lori Custodero (Associate Professor, Music & Music Education) and Maria Czech (Custodian), both of whom had attended the State of the College in previous years, remarked how much more energetic and participatory this year’s event was because people felt free to stand, sing, and dance along during the musical interlude.

The Music Ed program at TC not only serves to train future music educators and scholars; it also plays an integral part in shaping the cultural life of TC and bringing together staff, faculty, and students through music.