As his time on the SUNY Oswego campus comes to an end, a professor is using the power of music one last time in a performance to send a message to his students.
Professor Alan Martin is an assistant professor for applied voice on campus who has impacted a variety of students in his time here. Martin said he hoped these students will take with them all that he has taught.
“Just because we’re not currently together doesn’t mean it can’t be lasting and impactful, and can’t help them all the way down the line,” Martin said.
According to Martin, the concert, titled Full Circle, Labor & Love, will dually serve as his goodbye, and provide students with an opportunity to perform given the losses taken from the pandemic.
“I know that a lot of students struggled during COVID with the lack of performance opportunities, and feeling like they’ve been set back,” he said. “This is just a way of saying it is possible to get right back on it. You might have to push a little harder, but it’s doable.”
Martin said he’s been excited for the performance, adding that while he’s been “holding cards close to his chest,” the feedback from current students, alumni, faculty and the community alike has been generally positive.
“I cherish the time I’ve been working with students here, very, very dearly. It’s great to be able to work with young adults and young musicians who have brought all this potential with them,” he said.
The performance is set to take place May 9 at 8 p.m. in Waterman Theater. In addition to his own performances, he will feature several students both past and present. This event is also free of admission for anyone who would like to attend.