Students who are part of ALMA (formerly vocal and instrumental combos) had the chance to immortalize their talents this summer when they recorded professional music videos.
Director Gabriel Espinosa ’79 wanted to push his students to write original songs. “2016 was my 20th year doing combos, and I thought maybe it’s time for us to try writing our own material,” he said. In 2016, a number of students focused on writing original works, which they polished and performed throughout the year. Espinosa decided they merited recording.
To make it happen, he partnered with Molly Lehr ’08, a musician and former combos member who now owns Red Cloud Studio in Logan Square, Chicago, where she teaches voice and piano lessons.
With funding provided by the Central music department, and logistics help from Lehr, Espinosa arranged for four students plus Lehr to record their original songs at a studio in Chicago in July with professional musicians. The music videos, along with artist profiles, debuted on the Central website during fall 2017.