Category: Feature

January 21, 2020

Student-led gospel choir builds community through song

The creation and performance of music is a shared experience that has brought people together across centuries, cultures and geographic borders. Gospel music in particular is a deeply communal experience, with roots in the black

January 9, 2020

In Profile: Hannah Maier

Harry M. Habets Music Scholarship Name Hannah Maier Major Sociology Instrument I have been playing cello for nine years. Ensemble So far my experience in the symphony has been very fun and fulfilling. I really

November 25, 2019

Whistlin’ their own tunes

The students in the NC State Jazz Combo went from strangers to bandmates to family. Now they’re releasing an album of mostly original songs and reflecting on their time together doing what they love. It’s

November 25, 2019

In profile: Lindsey Wilson

Alby Rose Marching Band Scholarship Name Lindsey Wilson Major Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Instrument I started playing the alto saxophone in sixth grade, making this my eighth year on my instrument. Ensemble I have

November 14, 2018

Student composer wins Creative Artist Award with North Carolina-inspired piece

Studies have shown that music helps strengthen memory skills in children and adults. According to the Children’s Music Workshop, linking familiar songs to new information can help imprint that information on the brain. For Noah Baldwin, inventing melodies to memorize patterns in games wasn’t just a useful memory tool, but the origin of his passion for composing music.

High school students take the field with the marching band at halftime.
October 15, 2018

Band Day draws record-breaking 500-plus high school students

The music department hosted its largest-ever high school Band Day on Sept. 8, with more than 500 high school students in attendance. Participants spent a day immersed in the experience of marching with a Division I collegiate band, including a morning rehearsal and lunch with the NC State Marching Band, tickets to the football game and a half-time performance on the field at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Photo credit: Areon Mobasher
September 18, 2017

Lara Downes Shares Perspective on American Music

At a special lecture on the morning of Monday, September 18, musical artist Lara Downes spoke to a room full of students about her journey through reconnecting to American Music, with a special focus on