Music Department
Music Minor Recitals

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Meredith Richardson: Voice Recital

Divya Lakshminarayanan: Piano Recital

Lizzie Goins: Piano Recital

Cara Williams: Violin Recital

David Williams: Tuba Recital

Nathan Schnoor: Piano Recital

Taylor: Piano Recital

 

 

 

 

 

LeimerMeredith Richardson: Voice Recital

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 5:00pm

Price Music Center Room 120

 

Meredith Richardson will graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a minor in Music. Throughout her college career, she was also a member of NC State’s varsity volleyball team where she was elected team captain her senior year. Meredith plans to attend graduate school for Water Resources Engineering in the fall. Throughout her life she has been involved in singing of some sort. She started singing in church choirs as a young girl and continued as she aged up through youth groups. Since then, she has sung for varying audiences, from singing alone in the shower to singing the National Anthem at her volleyball matches in Reynolds Coliseum and in front of hundreds before Obama’s speech at NC State this past January. But most of all, it is something she loves to do. Singing has a way of calming. Whenever the stresses of school and volleyball became overwhelming, singing would make her forget her troubles for a little while. She hopes that you will join her in the trance as she shares “music for a while”.

 

 

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LeimerDivya Lakshminarayanan: Piano Recital

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 3:00pm

Price Music Center Room 120

 

My name is Divya Lakshminarayanan. Currently, I am a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Statistics and minoring in piano performance under Dr. Olga Kleiankina. My interest in music started when I was nine years old, and I began taking violin lessons. However, after a few months, I switched to piano instead and instantaneously fell in love with the instrument. By my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to continue growing and learning as a pianist. Since I have joined NC State University, in addition to acquiring my music minor, I also participated in Vox Accalia under Dr. Nathan Leaf as a singer for three semesters and as a piano accompanist for one semester.


Playing piano has taught me so many valuable morals about myself and about life. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is about patience. There are so many music students who become so obsessed with technique and playing pieces perfectly that they forget about the music and the passion behind the instrument. These last few years have challenged me and made me question why I play piano; there were even times where I considered giving up because of the amount of dedication required for success. However, I have learned that perseverance in these tough moments is crucial to self-improvement, and I have applied this important lesson to other aspects of my life, including my academics.


There are so many people I would like to thank for contributing to my success. The first person is my piano teacher from home, Jean Graham. She taught me to love piano and to not get lost behind the details and technical aspects of the instrument. Secondly, I want to thank my parents for their unconditional support and love, and for encouraging me to continue pursuing my passion for piano in college.  Lastly, I want to thank Dr. Olga Kleiankina. She has challenged me and given me a new perspective on piano performance, and did not give up on me despite the difficulties I have faced. Her talent in piano performance truly inspires me to become a better pianist. After graduation, I wish to pursue a doctoral degree in either Statistics or Biostatistics.

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LeimerLizzie Goins: Piano Recital

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 6:00pm

Price Music Center Room 120

 

My name is Elizabeth Goins and I am currently a junior in Human Biology with double minors in Nutrition and Music. After graduation I plan on taking a gap year, then either going to medical school or graduate school. I first got started in music in elementary school by taking piano lessons at age 8. At age 10 I decided to join my elementary school’s first band as a clarinetist, and was first chair throughout my time at that school. In middle school I continued to play in band and take piano lessons, and at age 16 I started teaching myself the guitar. While at NCSU, I have been in the music minor program since a freshman using the piano as my main instrument, and have played the clarinet in the wind ensemble and the basketball pep band. Music has always been a part of my life, and I can’t imagine how I would be without being able to play an instrument. It has taught me practice makes perfect, and to keep going towards my goals. I play for myself mostly, but love to share my music ability with others. I cannot thank Dr. Olga Kleiankina and Dr. Paul Garcia enough for helping me evolve as a musician, and as an adult.

 

 

 

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LeimerCara Williams: Violin Recital

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:00pm

Price Music Center Room 120

 

My name is Cara Williams and I am currently a junior earning a BS in Biochemistry at NCSU. I am also a Certified Pharmacy Technician, employed at Hayes Barton Pharmacy in Raleigh. I am very passionate about my service in the field of pharmacy to Rex Inpatient Pharmacy and Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic. I have been studying the violin since I was six years old. When I was six years old, I heard a friend play twinkle twinkle little star at an elementary school talent show, instantly fell in love with the instrument, and have been playing ever since. I played with the NC Philharmonic Association’s Triangle Youth Philharmonic for three years. I also served as the concertmaster of the Millbrook High School Orchestra in Raleigh while attending high school there. More recently, I performed with the NC Symphony’s Young All Stars Program two years in a row. I have also played in NCSU’s Raleigh Civic Symphony while studying in the music minor program. I have greatly appreciated the opportunity that has been provided to me by the NCSU Music Minor program to continue studying music and further my love for and appreciation of music. Studying the violin has taught me dedication, perseverance, and a strong work ethic. These qualities have proved invaluable to me throughout my life thus far and in my preparations for achieving my dream of becoming a Doctor of Pharmacy. I want to use the field of pharmacy to make a positive impact on the lives of patients. The lessons that I learned about hard work and confidence through studying the violin have made this dream attainable for me. I would like to thank my teacher Lindi Wang for her tireless dedication and excellence in teaching.

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David Williams: Tuba Recital

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:00pm

Price Music Center Room 120

 

David is a chemical engineering major with a music performance minor.  He was born in Baltimore, MD, and raised in Raleigh, NC, attending Sanderson High School.  He started playing tuba in sixth grade and took private lessons with Tony Granados from eighth grade through his senior year of high school.  Throughout this time, David was involved in several different groups, such as the Triangle Youth Symphony, Tubas in The Summer, and the Triangle Youth Brass Band (TYBB).  With the brass band, he traveled around the country and saw live performances of bands such as the U.S. Coast Guard Band and Fountain City Brass Band.  He fell in love with the sound of British style brass bands ever since his experience with the TYBB.  Since his freshman year at NCSU, David has studied with Dave Lewis of the NC Symphony and performed with the NCSU Wind Ensemble, Raleigh Civic Symphony, the Power Sound of the South, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.  David was the 2013-2014 Toni Christine Masini Scholarship recipient.  After graduation, David will be pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering, focusing on polymers and simulations.  In the long run, he wants to play in a community symphony orchestra or British style brass band.

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Nathan Schnoor: Piano Recital

Saturday, April 26, 2013 at 5:00pm

Price Music Center Room 120

 

I am currently studying computer science and plan on working in software development after I graduate. Music has always played an important role in my family and I began singing in church choirs at the age of four and studying piano at the age of six. I have participated in various choirs, bell choirs, and a concert band at church and am currently part of two church choirs. Music has taught me that formidable, daunting goals can be achieved by diligence, persistence, and a lot of practice. Music opens a door that has given me a glimpse of the majesty of God that no other door can provide. I would like to thank Nancy Garner, who instilled my love for the piano; Bert Fox, who taught me the importance of music in worship; and Dr. Olga Kleiankina, who showed me how to make the piano an extension of myself as a means of expression.

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Taylor: Piano Recital

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:00pm

Price Music Center Room 120