Breast cancer awareness is not only meant to inform individuals, but help people come together and be creative to help those in need.
The Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) music department performed a concert at the Smith Recital Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 7 benefitting Dr. Ann Fronckowiak, assistant professor of oboe and music theory.
Fronckowiak was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. As a result, showing support was something people in the department wanted to do.
“The alternate purpose was to raise benefit funds for Dr. Fronckowiak,” said Elizabeth Janzen, assistant professor of flute. “The concert was organized back in the spring before we realized this would be something that developed.”
The music department tends to have faculty recitals each semester. They allow the students to see their professors perform and listen to a higher level of music performances.
However, this semester they did something different for a good cause.
“I happen to be in charge of planning two faculty concerts, one in the fall and one in the spring,” Janzen said. “So, I just thought since we were all talking about doing something for her, this would be the best way to get faculty together on stage and really make a big event out of it.”
The faculty combined the idea of having a recital and an event where they could help Dr. Fronckowiak.
“Over the summer, the faculty worked together with the university administration to go forward with the benefit so that we could show our support as a music school and as a community for Dr. Fronckowiak,” Janzen said.
The faculty performed “Etude No. 2 for Marimba” by Paul Smadbeck (performed by Dr. Jason Kihle), “Eight Pieces, Op. 83” by Max Bruch (performed by Dr. Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, Dr. Veronica Salinas and Dr. Sehee Lee), “Let the Bright Divine” and “Eternal Source of Light Divine” by G. F. Handel (performed by Dr. Melinda Brou, Dr. Kyle Millsap, Ajia Fielden and Lee) and “Concertino” by Erwin Schulhoff (performed by Janzen, Salinas and Patrick De Los Santos).
“It is extremely important for us to support her,” said Flor Lizbeth Cruz Longoria, music performance and education major. “She teaches the woodwind methods class, theory and ear training. Everyone here has had a class with Dr. Fronckowiak. So it is really great that we all got together to support her.”
Students part of Valledo Winds, coached by Dr. Fronckowiak, stood outside the recital hall and collected donations. Faculty, students and community members came to support the recital and the cause.
“I think it was super successful,” said Janzen. “We had a great turn out, we had members of the community, we had lots of faculty and students come out to support her. I think she is going to be super grateful.”
This benefit recital made the music department come together and use their many talents to support a good cause. In addition, it left an impression for students who are new to the department.
“It is great to see how people care about each other in the music department. And it is amazing to see how every one with their own instrument got together and made something beautiful for a beautiful cause, music,” said Juan De Dios Perez, a freshman music education major.