I have the privilege of being the president of an outstanding club here at Southern
Oregon University. Dulcet A Capella is a group full of talented individuals and student
leaders, and I am honored to work with all of them. Among this group is Anthony Bock.
I have had many interactions with him throughout the year. We started the year in
Choir and Music Theory. At the start of winter term, he was part of a group of four
students who joined our club. Since that point, his presence in the group has only
grown, and he makes a bigger and bigger impact each time.|
Overall, Anthony possesses a lot of talent. He is a music major who specializes in
Piano. It is very apparent that he has invested a lot of his life into his piano skills. I
took piano through high school and recognize how hard he had to have worked in
order to be as good as he is today. This experience also extends to music theory. He
demonstrates regularly that his knowledge on the subject extends further than what
we study in class. Despite this, in lieu of being superior, he uses it as a tool to enrich
the class, and also keeps patience when the class has to slow down for people who
are farther behind.
In the month of May, Anthony really emerged as a leader in Dulcet. For months, we as
a group have been wanting to put on a cabaret where we can show off the individual
talents contained within our group. Personally, I saw importance in this because our
songs usually consist of a soloist backed by the rest of our twenty person choir. Due
to the large number of members and the limited set-list, a lot of people in our group
have talent that goes unseen, or un-featured. It was a huge undertaking, and was a
type of event we had never put together or thought of before. It was to the point
where I was unsure that I would be able to put it together when paired with my other
obligations. When I voiced this to Anthony at lunch one day, he volunteered to put the
event together himself.
I did all I could to provide support for Anthony, but he definitely did a lot without me.
One of the most notable contributions was that he played piano for what I think ended
up being about half the acts (in an hour long show). That is a role that too often goes
unnoticed, especially where I spend my time in theatre and music. He played for much
of the performance, but also had to coordinate practice times with multiple parties in
order to create the successful show we had. Another facet of this is that he did it for
free. This is how some people make a living. It really is an incredible gift to the group
that he put that time in without payment. Even more is that I know those of us who
utilized his skills were prepared to pay, but he never asked. Anthony also was very
accommodating. We had a couple people who were poor communicators and did not
notify him of their acts, but he still let them perform, which I admit is something I
probably would not have done.
I am so thrilled that the event went off the way it did. I feel very blessed to have been
witness to the sharing of talent that took place that night, and everyone there owes it
all to the hard work of Anthony Bock.
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