Finding harmony in a virtual commencement
“I probably put in about 30 hours of work,” said Hageman, “and a lot of other people worked hard too.”
Wis organized choral members and provided a video track for singers to use as a guide while making their individual videos. Providing input throughout, she worked with Hageman in the mixing stages of the project. “Even remotely, we could still make musical decisions about balance, tone and nuance,” she noted.
Jonathon Kirk, associate professor of music and chair of the department, helped keep the ball rolling throughout the process. Abigail Risner ‘ 21, the College’s Concert Choir president, and Sara Mokrzycka ‘ 21, Women’s Chorale president, also supported the project. All told, 30 members of Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale lent their voices to the effort.
Hageman began his work with research––lots of it. “I consider myself pretty technologically advanced,” he said, “but nothing had prepared me for this. Fortunately, I know a lot of people [in the music business] around the state, so I began by emailing them for advice.”
Many of his contacts stem from his involvement in the industry, both on campus and off. At North Central, he sings with the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers; he also directs Sonata Problem, the College’s competitive a cappella group. Off campus, Hageman directs the show choir for Naperville Central High School. He also works with Road Show Inc., a Naperville not-for-profit he helped to create; the organization provides performance opportunities and training to students in third through eighth grades.