OCC pianists perform at year-end recital | arts and culture

Orange Coast College Applied Music Program featuring selected students will perform at the piano recital on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Music Room 102located in the Recital Hall.

Pianists in the Applied Music program have the chance to audition for the recital and, if selected, they must perform pieces for solo piano from memory. “They get weekly private lessons from OCC piano teachers for credit. They present mid-term and end-of-year exams and will perform the pieces they have been working on all semester in a formal and elegant concert setting,” said Teresa de Jong-Pombo, piano teacher at the OCC.

This year, 11 students were selected. They spent one to four semesters preparing for their work and weeks rehearsing in the concert hall to get used to performing in front of an audience.

“They rehearsed with the beautiful nine-foot Steinway concert piano and the stage lights facing each other to simulate the feeling of performing in front of the audience,” Jong-Pombo said.

Event tickets will be sold for $10.

According to Jong-Pombo, the money raised from ticket sales is used for piano maintenance, scholarships and other program-related expenses.

“We have beautiful Steinway grand pianos that require regular tuning and other technical work,” Jong-Pombo said.

The ministry also used the money to support OCC artists during the pandemic.

“The piano department purchased many digital keyboards to support students who had been practicing on campus and did not have an instrument at home,” Jong-Pombo said.

The Applied Music program is a required course for music majors who wish to graduate or transfer with a degree in music. Students can enroll in the Applied Music program at the beginning of the semester where auditions are held on the first Thursday.

Once the student auditions, they receive private lessons from an instructor based on their skill level and instrument. During the semester, the student will have to pass an intermediate and final exam where he will perform in front of his instructors.

“Those in the applied music program can take a total of four semesters, where students prepare to transfer to a four-year school to complete their music degree,” Jong-Pombo said.

The Applied Music program helps students learn technique, build their repertoire, and gain confidence with public performance.

“Viewers should come out and support these students who have worked so hard to master their instrument,” Jong-Pombo said. “Many of these students practice more than four hours a day.”

The skills and talent acquired through the Applied Music program will be showcased on Thursday.

“Audiences will be treated to beautifully performed music by Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and several other great composers,” Jong-Pombo said.