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Selkirk College Music Faculty Take the Stage for Annual Concert

Selkirk College Music Faculty Take the Stage for Annual Concert

Sep 18 2014
The annual Faculty Concert put on by the Selkirk College Music & Technology Program instructors provides a great night of entertainment for students and community members. This year's event is a special fundraiser for a former student who has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

For a quarter century, instructors at from the Selkirk College Music & Technology Program have hit the stage to show they are more than just great teachers.

The annual Faculty Concert is an opportunity for the program’s nine veteran musicians to start the school year off right with a show that spans musical styles and displays their considerable chops.

“We have to show students that we can apply what we preach,” Keyboard Instructor Gilles Parenteau says with a laugh. “But just as important, we want to share this music with the community.”

Selkirk College Music & Technology Program instructor Melody Diachun will be one of nine instructors taking part in the annual Faculty Concert on September 26.

This year’s Faculty Concert takes place at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus at 7:00 p.m. on September 26. The show will feature solo, duet and group performances from the faculty who are well known in the community for their amazing skills. Joining Parenteau will be Melody Diachun, Don Macdonald, Darren Mahe, Paul Landsberg, Laura Landsberg, Mark Spielman, Kiyo Elkuf and Steven Parish. They will bring a set of jazz, rock, blues, folk and country to the stage.

“Over the course of the year, we see each other in the hallways and in the class,” says Parenteau. “But we are all musicians at heart and this is what we love to do… perform.”

One of the highlights of the show will be an arrangement put together by Macdonald for program alumnae Kiesza’s mega worldwide hit Hideaway.

Giving More Meaning to the Music

Last year’s concert was a special benefit show for Pat Henman, the Selkirk College employee and music program supporter who was seriously injured in a car accident the previous spring. Funds raised helped with Henman’s extensive recovery process. Now on her road to recovery, Henman will be providing the MC duties for this year’s show.

“Pat is such a great person, we are so pleased to have her as part of the show this year,” says Parenteau.

Though not traditionally a benefit show, this year’s concert will also be helping raise funds. Parenteau and the faculty recently received word that 2002 graduate Sharon Maranz has been diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma. The music teacher left the Kootenays after graduation, but returned to Nelson in 2012. Due to her serious illness Maranz has had to return to Israel to be with her family who is looking after her four-year-old daughter.

Funds raised at the September 26 Faculty Concert will go towards program alumnae Sharon Maranz (pictured here with her daughter Daisy) who has been diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma.

“It’s a very sad situation and we are all very upset by the news,” says Parenteau. “We felt like music is a way to reach out to Sharon and her family to show our support. We wish her well and want to do whatever we can for her and her daughter.”

Maranz’s best friend—who she met while attending Selkirk College’s music program—Jewleana Marens informed Parenteau of the news and has traveled to Israel to be with her.

“For Sharon and I, the Selkirk music department and all the friends we made there feels like family to us,” says Marens. “It has been a long journey for Sharon. The community has been generous with supporting her in many ways and we are thankful to our former instructors for helping out.”

The Faculty Concert is by donation. Doors open at 7 p.m. (show at 7:30 p.m.) and seating is limited so arrive early.

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