WKSU Players Launch
On Feb. 19, WKSU-FM, the College of the Arts and the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music launched their WKSU Players program, a series of musical performances that brings together the local public radio station, WKSU-FM and Kent State University students.
“The College of the Arts and School of Music have been extremely helpful in spreading the word about this initiative,” Eppink says. “We value working with students and the university.”
Dr. Denise Seachrist, interim director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, says she is pleased with the program and to be working with WKSU-FM.
“We are thrilled about this collaboration and the prospect of the WKSU Players sharing classical music with those who normally would not listen to it,” Seachrist says.
Both undergraduate and graduate student music groups in any genre are invited to audition to perform in various locations throughout the semester
Eppink says she hopes to hold two to four performances each month until the end of the semester but wants to keep a surprise element to when and where the concerts will take place.
“The whole point is that the performances are unexpected.” Eppink says. “But we’ll definitely be out and about.”
The President’s Quartet, an undergraduate string ensemble, launched the WKSU Players performances when they performed on a recent Friday next to the fountain in the Kent Student Center.
“I was really pleased with the response.” Eppink says.
She described some of the students she saw slowing down or stopping to listen. Some students took pictures of what they saw and heard by the fountain.
“I really enjoyed seeing that because, to me, I’m thinking they’re probably posting it somewhere on Facebook or tweeting it.” Eppink says.
Though Eppink hopes this program will introduce classical music to students in particular, she is not limiting the WKSU Players to any specific type of music and welcomes any type of musical group.
She is still looking for groups who want to participate and says she is interested in highlighting the talent of the university’s many student music groups.
“I’m open and excited about the WKSU Players program,” Eppink says.
Students interested in auditioning to be part of the WKSU Players should contact Eppink at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-9160 for more information.