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Multiple Students, Multiple Instruments are Showcased in Performance

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

poster graphic for USU Music Therapy recital

Students studying in USU's music therapy program step into the spotlight as performers in an 'eclectic recital’ Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., at the USU Performance Hall.

Utah State University’s Department of Music presents “Music Therapy Eclectic Recital” Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall on USU’s Logan campus.

“People don’t realize that music therapists are musicians in their own right,” said Maureen Hearns, director of the music therapy program and professor in the Caine College of the Arts. “So once a year we give students the opportunity to showcase their skills in a concert.”

The concert will feature multiple students in the music therapy program, ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“In the program, students learn the piano, guitar and voice, but many play other instruments as well, such as the harp and violin,” said Hearns. “This concert gives them a chance to perform on any of their instruments with their classmates or by themselves.”

One of the students will dance an Irish jig, accompanied by another student on the fiddle. Other students will perform on the harp, banjo, saxophone and more.

“As music therapists, we are incredibly diverse but we don’t have many opportunities to display our talents,” said Celsie Sirrine, a senior in the music therapy program. “Though we complete a practicum, our focus there is to help our clients, not perform. It’s great to have the opportunity to perform something we’ve been studying.”

Tickets for the eclectic recital are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.

Related links:

USU Music Therapy Program

USU Department of Music

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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