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Striking accord

Deb Sehl Coons '72, Alumni Association President


Musicians are a collegial sort: They enjoy working together to create harmony. So when Skidmore’s music department decided to host a mini-reunion and sent out a call to music alumni, the response was strong. From the classes of 1940 to 2007, from Florida to Maine to Missouri, more than fifty returned to campus on a beautiful October Saturday to make music together in a shared and familiar place.

In the morning they were treated to a video preview of the Zankel Music Center. They participated in a career panel (one of the “Living the Liberal Arts” series funded by a Mellon Foundation grant) for students. They chose mini-classes such as Prof. Tom Denny’s “A Little Romantic Night Music” and Chuck Joseph’s “West Side Story on its Fiftieth Birthday.”

Best of all, they rehearsed and performed. Their rehearsals started with an occasional rusty technique or sour note, but as the afternoon wore on the music became polished. Current students joined in, adding voice and volume and support. The phrasing found its meter. The pitch got closer to perfect.

And then it was show time. At 4 p.m. in Filene Recital Hall it all came together. The orchestra played Walton’s Crown Imperial. The chorus performed Vivaldi, Mozart—and Skidmore’s Alma Mater, rendered with the kind of stateliness and depth that the years can give to that wonderful piece. Also, as a bonus: “Way Down Among the New York Hills.”

The mini-reunion added to the buzz of activity all over campus this fall, particularly around the music building. The parking lot in front of Filene is gone and the loop road rerouted, as the site for the Zankel is prepped. The sense of anticipation is intense, just like the moments before you pick up your instrument to play. But as the visiting alums discovered, the ability to make music with those who share your passion for it never abandons you. It all comes back when you come back. And it filled Filene with joyful noise.