Music student performs senior recital

A crowd of about 30 gathered in Memorial Hall Room 104 to see Jake Voorhis, 22, senior of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, perform his senior recital on bass, Monday night.

Performing on both bass guitar and upright bass, Voorhis played a majority of the recital as part of a jazz combo featuring fellow CSC students Alex Rawlings, guitar; Patrick Cassidy, guitar; Jedd Raymond, tenor saxophone; Aydin Mack, trumpet; and Kyle Kuxhausen, drums.

“The [pieces] that I picked were definitely the favorites that I’ve worked on throughout my whole degree,” Voorhis said regarding the program.

After performing two pieces, the ensemble left the stage and sat among audience members while Voorhis performed “Portrait of Tracy,” a solo work for bass guitar written by renowned bassist Jaco Pastorius.

The eerie, bell-like composition gave Voorhis an opportunity to showcase his ability with the work’s unique sound. The effect was created by manipulating the bass strings to produce overtones.

The concert ended with what Voorhis noted as one of the most influential bass anthems of all time.

“School Days,” by Stanley Clarke, is a “raw and powerful showcase of bass guitar as a solo instrument and requires the player to really dig into the notes,” Voorhis said in his program notes.

Voorhis said he practiced roughly four hours a day over the summer and spends five to six hours in practice each day during the school year.

Voorhis will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music. After graduation, Voorhis said he is planning on moving to a larger city to seek opportunities in music industry, teaching music privately and gigging as much as possible.   

The next music department event is CSC’s Faculty and Student Composer’s Concert, 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29. The concert is free and open to the public.

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