Story and photos by IPR student Rosalyn Heinemann
As students in a media arts school where it’s easy to lose track of the time of day and what day of the week it is, it’s not too often we are able to come together, hang out, relax and listen to the projects that our fellow students are working on. The Student Advisory Board (SAB) at IPR recognized this issue and realized that being able to show off work, as well as being able to practice performing and networking with other students, is just as important as spending hours in a studio working on a project.
As a result, the SAB spent weeks organizing and promoting a student showcase called Show Up to Show Off, held in Robinson Hall. The main focus of the showcase was that it was created “by the students, for the students.” Students from every degree program were all invited to participate and show off their music, mixes, photography or sound design and post-production work.
What ensued was two hours of laughter, relaxation and amazing performances by IPR’s students. The energy in the room throughout the night was just as engaging and fun as every artist who went up on stage and performed. The students who participated in the showcase showed off all types of original music including spoken word, electronic dance music (EDM), R&B, trip hop and hip-hop. The talented students on stage that night included De’Arris Judkins, Doug Lindberg, Thad Hill, Justin Andersen, Del Sabatogo, Mike Turner, Rodger Bell and Jonathan Baum. This event would not have been as successful as it was if it hadn’t been for them!
It’s safe to say that this kind of relaxing, hilarious and fun student-organized showcase won’t be the last one! There will be plenty more to come in the future — so stay tuned!