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24 hours proves enough time to create a symphony By Kevin Vogel Staff Writer A person can do a lot in one rotation of the Earth. Eight student composers and four performers from Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts chose to use 24 hours between Friday and Saturday preparing for the semi-annual 24 Hour Concert, which returned again this semester after a year absent from campus. The goal: write, rehearse and perform a piece in one day. The composers and musicians who agreed to perform met at 8 p.m. on Friday. Composition professor Michael Schelle drew the names of composers and performers from a hat, making impromptu groups of between one and five performers, with the composers acting as performers for one another. Once matched, the composers worked to finish their pieces by the concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. Some had their ideas right away and were able to get a good night’s sleep. Some, like sophomore Hannah Varnau, wrote and re-wrote until the morning. Student composer Scott Janz, who organized the event, had to finish his piece before heading to a full shift at work the next day. “I was really pleased with most pieces from the concert,” Janz said. Before the concert, the recital hall was abuzz with fervent energy, even though many were running on only

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Natasha Sharma, junior anthropology and music major, practices the violin with other students, who met for 24 hours to compose and rehearse original music. a few hours’ rest. Marimbas and stranger percussion instruments were moving backstage while the piano was set up onstage and composers were meeting with their performers one last time. Finally, the clock struck 8 p.m., the Earth’s rotation was complete, the time was up. Showtime. One might imagine that music put together in such haste might be, frankly, bad. Rather, every single piece in this concert was worth listening to, each one unique and well thought out. Emily Lazar, a senior

psycholgy and english major who was in attendance, said she has been coming to new music recitals since being introduced to the JCFA Composer’s Orchestra by some of her friends. “The first time [I went to a concert], I was blown away,” she said. “I didn’t know music could be that way.” The concert on Saturday was no different. From solo vibraphone, to electronic tuba mutes, to a constantly fidgeting pianist, the pieces were laden with the collaborative energy of the previous day.. Schelle said that he

was most impressed by the “confidence and commitment of the performers,” who gave their time and energy to give each piece its due. “I was really amazed at how much the composers could do in 24 hours,” John Harris, a sophomore film and music composition major, said. The Jordan College of Fine Arts’ Composer’s Orchestra will present a free concert Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. in EidsonDuckwall Recital Hall, featuring more work from student composers as well as established professionals.

Why We Love This Place: Nothing beats taking a stroll, perusing works of art on a Saturday afternoon. This weekend, be sure to check out the Rocky Ripple Festival to do just that, peruse. Admission to the festival is free and all of the proceeds go to the Rocky Ripple Parks Endowment Fund. Throughout the day, bands will play a variety of music while you wander around the many artistics exhibits of jewelry, water color paintings, clothing, soaps and more. The Community Association and Veterans Association will provide fresh corn on the cob as well as all your grilled favorites. For those of you over 21, local beer and wine will be available. Want us to feature your favorite Indy spot? Send submissions to


For alumni, passions of music and teaching combine By Caitlin O’Rourke A&E Editor Ray Biederman is living a superhero life. During the day, Biederman works fulltime at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he received an internship as a Butler University music education major with a pre-law emphasis. After work and on weekends, Biederman changes from lawyer to composer. He graduated from Butler in 2006, but he still continues the work he started through the Butler Community Arts School. He works for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a program dedicated to enriching and transforming the lives of young people in positive ways, according to its website. “The community arts school was a great

conduit for me,” he said. “It provided opportunities to meet educators that I wouldn’t have met normally.” Biederman is one of many Butler students— in this case a Butler graduate— who have gotten to change the lives of local students through the BCAS. Cha Park has worked with the program for seven years, even though she currently lives in Bloomington attending graduate school at Indiana University. Park received her Butler degree in piano performance, with every intention of becoming a concert pianist. She said the BCAS changed her life goal to include teaching, as she discovered her passion for passing on the knowledge she has received. “Being a teaching fellow for the BCAS has given me an identity,” Park said. “I took two

years off my schooling and was more actively teaching for BCAS while I was preparing to pursue a graduate degree. I really wanted to have a real experience of what it was like to teach students full-time.” Recent graduate Shannon Crow dedicated her four years at Butler to the cause as well. Crow decided to change her life goal as well but in a much more dramatic fashion. “For nearly 20 years, I thought I was going to be a physician, but by having the opportunity to work with young people and teaching them an amazing craft, I realized that my heart and my time needed to remain with music and my students,” she said. Junior music education major David Platt has volunteered since his freshman year. “If anything it has only enhanced my teaching and perspectives on music

education,” Platt said. The BCAS has many stories just like these. Students found their passion for teaching and children that they might not have without an opportunity like the BCAS, even if it may not always be the easiest path. Biederman said it is tough at times to juggle his volunteering and his real job, but he makes it work. “I get to follow students as they grow up and see them become young adults and just know that I’ve been able to influence their lives in a positive way,” he said. What is tangible from many Butler student involved with the BCAS is the enthusiasm. “I still felt that I wanted something more than being on a stage and playing the piano,” Park said. “Teaching has fulfilled that missing part that I was desperately seeking.”

Butler Gleeks won’t stop believing in show choir

By Anne Carpenter Assistant A&E Editor

Tempted to break into song and dance after watching this week’s season premiere of Glee? Suddenly inspired to incorporate catchy tunes into your everyday life? If the answer is ‘Yes,’ try it. That is exactly what three Butler University students did. Two years ago, senior Eric Shoemaker set out with two of his best friends to make the fictional Glee a reality by creating the Butler University Show Choir. However, real life show choirs and the fictional Gleeks lead different lives. In real life, the process of forming a show choir is not so simple. BUSC held auditions last week with a total of 14 veteran members and 11 rookies comprising the 2011-2012 group. While the Fox show has indeed boosted the understanding of show choir, real groups, such as BUSC, spend more time working on pieces and performances than their on- screen counterparts.

Paige Newman, junior english literature major and vice president of BUSC, said she gives credit to the popular song and dance series because it sheds light on the show choir world. Nonetheless, she said the audience must understand that songs and choreography do not happen overnight. “People definitely have a better understanding of what show choir is,” Shoemaker said. “However, in Glee, the students learn the songs almost instantaneously, which is certainly not the case in real life.” The next step for the group is to form committees to begin choreography, to choose songs and to schedule performances. Newman said one of the biggest challenges is finding a time to practice that can accommodate everyone’s schedule. Doug Smittle, a digital media product major and member of BUSC’s original trio, said college students are inherently busy. Last year was a bit of trial and error process. But the club has learned to delegate and improve their time management skills and is ready to focus on moving forward.

“We made some mistakes,” Smittle said. “But in the long run that was a good thing, because now we know how to avoid making those same mistakes in the future.” With this kind of attitude, Shoemaker and the rest of the group have big dreams. “I want [students] to know that one day BUSC will be a powerhouse on campus like ‘Out of the Dawg House’ and ‘Freshly Brewed,’” Shoemaker said. “We are a group that has a lot of fun and works very hard.” Because it is early in the season and it takes a lot of time and effort to put together a show, BUSC does not yet have any performances scheduled. In the meantime, Butler students can expect to be surprised by the choir. Literally. “We will have random ‘flash mob’ performances around Starbucks and on the mall,” Shoemaker said. Other plans include exhibitions at local high school competitions and performing a show in April in the Reilly Room. “We are hoping to have our spring show in April,” Shoemaker said. “You will certainly see us before that though.”

Photo by Maria Porter

Freshman Sean O’Brien rehearses a number for the Butler show choir.


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