Regular listeners to U.Va. radio station WTJU’s classical music programming may hear some unfamiliar, but knowledgeable, voices introducing the music they hear in the next few weeks.
Students in music professor Bonnie Gordon’s fall-semester music history class first paired up to research their favorite classical compositions, then trekked to the WTJU studios in the Lambeth Field apartment complex to record intros to the pieces. The students’ work began airing Sunday and will continue through Dec. 1. (For a list of the works they are introducing, click here.)
In an email, Gordon said the impetus behind the project came from a student.
Last spring, one of my undergraduates asked what I thought about having students in my music history class do some classical radio announcing on WTJU. He thought this collaboration would be a fun way to expose students to the radio station.
I liked the idea because one of the most important things students need to learn is how to communicate their ideas to wide audiences. In 20 years they may or may not remember that the first opera house was built in 1637, and they may not be able to identify a 16th-century composer by style. But they will, I hope, know how to talk about something they love, and in so doing make others want to love it, too.
The students worked in pairs and chose pieces that moved them and that they hoped would entice young listeners to classical music. The pairs then went to the radio station and recorded their announcements.
A few of them have now applied to be classical music announcers.
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