One of Temple’s most compelling characteristics is its location within the dynamic urban setting of Philadelphia, a city Mark Huxsoll, the director of Temple Music Prep through the Boyer College of Music and Dance, called a historic arts town. Temple students have an undoubted luxury in the proximity of numerous music venues, big-name artists who frequent Philadelphia on East Coast tours and house shows that are warmly embraced by college students.
Each year, The Temple News dedicates an issue to coverage of the music scene not only at the university, but throughout the city of Philadelphia.
In this issue, our music coverage shows musical passion in many capacities. In Arts & Entertainment, learn about the evolution of DJs’ roles in Philadelphia, catch up with 2014 grad BriaMarie before the release of her first album “Freshman,” delve into a sophomore’s hip-hop inspired short film “Club Milk” and check out an in-depth look into the relationship between DIY and music in the City of Brotherly Love.
In Lifestyle, read about a highly specialized program for young harpists called Youth Harp Ensemble and commemorate the life of Temple graduate and founder of Philmore Ensemble, Duane Large.
In Opinion, read two students reflect on mentors that helped them develop their love of music, and in sports, see the success story of recently signed Diamond Gem and singer, Fallon O’Neill.
It’s not necessary to major in a music-related field to understand just how integral music is to the Philadelphia community. It’s not just excellent programs and talented students within the Boyer College that define musical artistry for Temple students – it’s the opportunity to live in a city that is big enough to house the full spectrum of musical interests. From classical pursuits to the underground electronic scene, studying at an urban university is a starting point of access.
That diversity of sound and multi-faceted musical community is something The Temple News strives to showcase with our Music Issue, a tradition in features coverage.