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College Hosts Cardinal Ritter College Prep Students for SLSO Concert

Published on 17 December 2019

St. Louis College of Pharmacy recently hosted 40 music students from Cardinal Ritter College Prep (CRCP), who had the opportunity to enjoy a performance by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO). The College welcomed the students to campus as part of SLSO College Connections, a program that brings students from area middle and high schools to local colleges, where they enjoy a free SLSO performance, a campus tour and lunch. The College is one of six local higher-education institutions currently taking part in College Connections.

This year’s visiting students included jazz combo and choir members accompanied by CRCP’s band director, Harvey Lockhart and choir director, Judith Jackson.

“Music has changed my life,” explained Lockhart. “Because of music, I’ve been able to get good training, be around amazing people and learn the value of hard work and persistence at an early age, and these experiences have shaped me to be the man I am today. This visit was a great opportunity for my students to experience a college campus and begin to make the connection between the hard work they put into their music and the hard work it takes to succeed in college and their future careers.”

CRCP students and members of the College community heard the sounds of the ensemble, Trombones of SLSO. Members of the ensemble played a variety of pieces and introduced each one by highlighting the history of the piece and providing background on its composer. After the performance, the ensemble members conducted a question and answer session with the audience. Students from both CRCP and the College had the opportunity to ask ensemble members about their career paths, interests and time with SLSO.

The performance marked the third event in the College’s 2019-20 Liberal Arts Convocations series, which brings a variety of speakers, authors, musicians, dancers and other performers to campus each year with the goal of illuminating the complex human dimensions of health care.

“This is the third year that we have partnered with SLSO to bring middle and high school students to our campus,” explained Brian Walter, Ph.D., professor of English and director of convocations. “It’s a joy and a privilege to help bring these students together with the superb professional musicians from the symphony. These performances offer a unique opportunity to bridge our college community with the wider St. Louis community and inspire young musicians from across the region.” 

To learn more about the 2019-20 Convocations series, visit stlcop.edu/academics/liberal-arts-convocations/

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