At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the Franklin College music department will host its annual winter instrumental concert.
The concert, which features both the wind and string ensemble, will take place in Custer Theatre with free admission.
Michael Black, who is in his first year of directing instrumental music at Franklin, has been able to work with a larger group than in previous years.
“This year, we have a full string ensemble instead of just a quartet or trio,” Black said. “We have four violins, a viola, a cello and a bass.”
This is the first year the ensemble has been able to be considered a full string ensemble.
A full ensemble consists of at least two violins, a viola, a cello, and a bass.
“They have a willingness to work and a desire to sound good, which is obviously a good thing to have if you’re playing music,” Black said. “They are always working hard, and they give their best effort. They’re very teachable, and they listen.”
The ensemble is composed of six students and one teacher, Sarah Mordan-McCombs.
All but one of the students in the ensemble are freshmen.
Though the concert will be held during the holiday season, the concert is not necessarily a Christmas-themed concert.
The ensemble will play the “Radetzky March,” written by Johann Strauss, an arrangement of “Danny Boy,” and “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s “Pocahontas,” closing with a medley of Christmas tunes.
To fill the role of a cello player, the ensemble has employed the abilities of Mordan-McCombs, who has previous experience with the Franklin Community Band and the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra.
“I just love getting the chance to play my instrument,” Mordan-McCombs said. “I’m glad that I could step in and fill a hole in the ensemble with the cello part. I just want the students to love making music and hopefully spark an interest in some other students or prospective students, as well.”
Freshman violinist Andrew Frey said he thinks of the the ensemble as a place where he can grow instrumentally and as a team member.
“My goals for being in the ensemble are to improve as a violinist, improve as a performer and improve as a teammate” Frey said. “We are a team.”
Even with the group’s recent growth and development, director Michael Black said he would still like to see the ensemble grow numerically and skill-wise while becoming more visible around campus.
“I think it would be really good if we had a better ability to adjust when mistakes happen,” Black said. “We’ve gotten better about this, but at the beginning of the semester if someone was a beat off, it was difficult for them to adjust and fix it in.”
In the upcoming years, Black wants to see the ensemble grow to a point where they could play orchestral music with some of the wind instruments on campus.