A group of students who are studying music at Temple College will be spending their spring break learning about American music history first-hand.
Voice instructors Dr. Sara Harris Baker and Teri Johnson are taking 12 students on a trip to Memphis March 16-19. The group will visit well-known museums such as Graceland, attend several musical performances, and give a performance of their own in a historic venue.
Baker said students going on the trip include both students from Temple College as well as some who are enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program at Texas A&M University – Central Texas, which is offered on the Temple College campus. All the students going are members of Johnson’s Voice Studio and sing with either the Temple College Chorale or Vocal Point.
The itinerary for the trip includes a walking tour of Memphis and a bus tour of “Musical Memphis.” Performances the group will attend include a performance of the musical “The Bridges of Madison County” at the Playhouse on the Square and a performance of the Iris Orchestra with Opera Memphis.
On Sunday, March 19, the students will sing at two services at the Germantown Presbyterian Church. Their performance will include selections from the program the Temple College Chorale will present on campus April 4.
Baker said the trip has two purposes.
“We want to share the great things that the Temple College/Texas A&M-Central Texas music students are doing with as many people in as many places as possible,” she said. “We also want to help our students see the musical world outside Central Texas. Most have never been to Memphis before, and there are few places in the United States better suited to teach our students about their American musical heritage.”
Last spring, Baker took a group of students to perform at Carnegie Hall and see some of the sights in New York City.
Students going on this year’s trip are Emily Baker, Sean Clark, Arynn Cotton, Evan Delgadillo, Kendall Duffina, Kristen Garth, Hannah Gilmore, Kris Glorioso, Kevin Osorio, Alec Seegers and Trey Shonkwiler.