The annual Selkirk College Faculty Concert showcases the talents of the teachers in the Contemporary Music Technology Program based out of Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. Supplied photo

Selkirk College music faculty step out of the classroom

Annual concert Friday at Shambhala hall

An entertaining group of Selkirk College teachers switch from the classroom to the stage again this Friday.

Nine of the region’s music mentors will take the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall stage for the annual Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program’s Faculty Concert.

Since the program played its first notes on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus in 1989, the faculty has set aside one night a year to gather together for a phonic feast that showcases the chops of the experienced educators.

“We love sharing what we do with the community and our students,” says veteran instructor Don Macdonald, a specialist in violin, sax and vocals. “And we’re so thankful to the community for helping us thrive over the years.”

Joining Macdonald at the evening performance will be: Darren Mahe (guitar and vocals), Gilles Parenteau (keys), Melody Diachun (vocals), Laura Landsberg (vocals), Steven Parish (drums), Mark Spielman (bass), Andre van Berlo (guitar) and Ralf Buschmeyer (guitar). Each faculty member chose their own piece to perform for the evening that will feature a mix of originals and recognizable songs in the style of jazz, pop and R&B.

Admission to the Faculty Concert is by donation and all proceeds go towards student awards that help offset the cost of a post-secondary education.

This year’s Faculty Concert takes place Friday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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