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High School Students Explore Music as a Career at Duquesne University

A group of high school juniors and seniors from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, central Pennsylvania and as far away as Maryland will arrive at Duquesne University this Sunday, Oct. 27, for a two-day opportunity to explore various career opportunities in music.

The 24th annual Career Day is hosted by the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) at Duquesne's Mary Pappert School of Music.

Events and activities for the students include:

  • a mock audition, including a performance evaluation, written theory exam and an aural/oral musicianship exam
  • attend a music recital featuring Duquesne music students
  • attend classes based on each student's respective interests, including jazz arranging, music therapy drum circle, musics of Africa and conducting, among others.

In addition, students will have the option to participate in the Winds of the Future track, which is a side-by-side experience with the Duquesne University Wind Symphony (DUWS) under the direction of Dr. Robert Cameron. Participating students will attend rehearsals and perform challenging repertoire in a concert with the DUWS at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

"The event is designed specifically for high school students who are interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees in all areas of music-performance, music education, music therapy and music technology," said Dr. Rachel Whicomb, assistant professor of music education, who is advisor for the NAfME chapter. "This event is unique to Duquesne, and it provides high schoolers with a taste of what it is like to study music at the collegiate level."

Nearly 20 high schools will be represented at this event.

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