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The annual Collage Concert was put on by SUNY Oswego’s music department on March 7 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theater for many to enjoy. The concert was a collaboration of several different ensembles and solos of various musical styles, performed by the music department’s talented students and professors.

The music department’s associate professor and pianist Robert Auler was this year’s event producer. “We believe strongly that our students ‘learn by doing.’ This concert simulates the professional experiences that will await our students after graduation.  We also assign proceeds of the concert to our Scholarship Fund, which directly benefits music students,” he said.

Auler said that many times the students tend to be music majors because of the skill level involved, but it is not a requirement. Students may also take music lessons from SUNY Oswego and have a different major.

Andrew Kyle, junior
Andrew Kyle, junior

Andrew Kyle is a music major who memorized Claude Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau for his solo piano performance. He said that his time in the program would not be where he is today without the department’s faculty. “The professors are just so dedicated. They put so much into you. They just want to help you.”


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His dreams are shaping up to become reality and intends to get a doctorate to be able to teach piano at a college like Auler.


Lisette DuFore
Lisette DuFore, freshman

Andrea Roy and Lisette DuFore  both performed in the Oswego State Jazz- Ensemble playing Thad Jones’s Big Dipper and Joe Zawinul’s Birdland. Music has always been a large part of each of their lives. Roy and DuFore have more than 5 years of experience playing the saxophone. Participating in the Collage Concert was an outlet for each of them to go down different career paths while continuing to play for pleasure.

Andrea Roy, junior
Andrea Roy, junior

“It was a perfect opportunity to keep up my passion,” Roy said. They both have similar future plans involving music, and would like to play semi-professionally and make groups with other people on the side.

Hearing professors perform was an unexpected surprise to audience members who are accustomed to traditional music concerts of only students performing, and added diversity to the concert overall.

Performances included the Men and Women’s College Choir, Wind Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, College/Community Orchestra, State Singers, The Emerald Five, Oswego State Jazz-Ensemble and student and faculty soloists.


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A clip from last year’s Jazz Ensemble
Video Credit: Davis Young 

The admission rate was $10 per person with the exception of $5 for students and faculty. Revenue derived from ticket admission went toward the music department’s scholarship awards.