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Waubonsee’s music faculty inspires students

Johnathan Heuman (right) shares a laugh with his three brothers, (from left) CJ, Cullen and Gavin, while singing during the Waubonsee Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert on Dec. 3 in the auditorium at Waubonsee Community College's Sugar Grove campus.
Johnathan Heuman (right) shares a laugh with his three brothers, (from left) CJ, Cullen and Gavin, while singing during the Waubonsee Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert on Dec. 3 in the auditorium at Waubonsee Community College's Sugar Grove campus.

SUGAR GROVE – Waubonsee Community College’s music department contributes to moments of holiday joy through its series of holiday concerts.

The department hosted five concerts and recitals throughout December, a news release stated.

With several ensembles, the musical variety is broad. The performances featured different kinds of music of the season.

On Dec. 3, the Waubonsee Chorale and Chamber Choir hosted a winter concert in the auditorium on the Sugar Grove campus. The performance featured a mix of contemporary and traditional holiday and seasonal songs, as well as musical adaptations of poems by familiar poets. Of particular note was a set of three songs performed in barbershop quartet style by four brothers who are all students at Waubonsee, the release stated.

Johnathan Heuman, a sophomore at Waubonsee studying both music and information technology and a graduate of Kaneland High School, is one of the siblings in the barbershop quartet. He also sings in the chorale and the chamber choir.

In his time at the college, Heuman has developed into an accomplished vocalist, said Holly Schmidt, adjunct faculty member and director of the Waubonsee Chorale and Chamber Choir, the release stated.

The connection to faculty members is something that Heuman values about his experience at Waubonsee.

“The music teachers do more than teach,” he stated in the release. “They inspire. They have the freedom and flexibility to teach what and how they want to.”

Not only does he appreciate receiving that kind of inspiration, but he tries to provide it to others by teaching his own students, the release stated. He has taught voice lessons to middle-school students and plans to do much more of that after he graduates from Waubonsee at the end of the spring semester.

Heuman loves and appreciates the freedom that comes from the art that he studies, the release stated. He sees learning and development as a process, which is one of the reasons why he chose Waubonsee as the starting point of his academic journey.

“I felt like I would be able to learn and grow here and explore things,” Heuman stated in the release. “Even if it meant not doing so well in a class or two. Which did happen, but because of the relatively low cost of classes, I was able to continue on.”

Waubonsee offers Associate in Fine Arts – Music Performance and Associate in Arts – Music degrees. The college also offers a certificate of achievement in audio production technology, the release stated.

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