September 2, 2019: “Cesar Leal on teaching musicology in a liberal arts environment, his plans for the orchestra”

September 2, 2019: “Cesar Leal on teaching musicology in a liberal arts environment, his plans for the orchestra”

 
 
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Dr. Cesar Leal (Photo Mary Frasier/The Gettysburgian)

Dr. Cesar Leal (Photo Mary Frasier/The Gettysburgian)

In season three, episode one of “On Target,” co-hosts Benjamin Pontz and Mary Frasier discuss the college’s plan to hire armed external security contractors and recap the college’s first faculty meeting of the year. Then, they sit down with Dr. Cesar Leal, Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Orchestral Activities in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music about his plans for classroom teaching — such as a new course on “Women in Mozart” — and for leading the orchestra including a passion for “exploring the voices of minorities” in selecting music. He also makes a pitch to campus organizations — specifically fraternities — to partner with the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra.

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 serves as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian. Previously, he served as a staff writer, event coverage coordinator, news editor, and managing news editor. During his tenure, he has written more than 200 articles on topics ranging from sports to faculty meetings (which, truthfully, are not all that dissimilar). He led the team that won first place in the 2017 Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage of Robert Spencer's visit to Gettysburg College, co-wrote the package of editorials that won first place in the 2018 Keystone Press Awards, and led the coverage that won both first and second place for ongoing news coverage in the 2019 competition. His review of a Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony concert, an ensemble in which he formerly performed, also won accolades. He has interned with "Smart Talk" at WITF in Harrisburg and with PA Post. Ben is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, he reads up to seven newspapers daily, and his next step is law school. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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