The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College is more than just a building with four stages, more than just a place for professional artists to perform and move on to their next gig. It is a creative hub, an artistic learning community, and a training ground for the next generation of performing artists.

On Thursday, December 1, members of this next generation from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music’s Music and Technology Department — aspiring songwriters, musicians, lighting designers, sound technicians, and videographers — joined forces to present the Music & Technology Festival Showcase in The PAC’s PepsiCo Theatre.

The Festival, which was open to the public, was styled after an NYC singer/songwriter showcase, giving each of the participating artists time in the spotlight to perform their original, contemporary compositions. Production support was provided by their peers under the guidance of faculty members who are all highly regarded arts professionals, along with The PAC’s own professional production staff.

Collaborating, making connections, sparking creativity, building community — that is what drives us, and that is what makes The Purchase PAC the unique and special place that it is.

Music & Technology Festival Showcase featured performances by: Amira B (Mario Gutierrez on drums and Kevin Carey on keys), Gavin Maguda (Cadence Plenge, on bass, David Goldstein on keys), Harrison Gacer, Nora Baier, Billy Buono, Chloe Medina, Wendi Mancaku & Ethan Famodu (Aiden Froman on bass, Brandon Vassallo on drums), Andrew Gonazalez (Edward Donahue on guitar and production, Olive Fretts Howard on Viola), and Eli Shane (Ben Caranicas on Flute), as well as live sound and filming from students of Peter Denenberg, Silas Brown, and Chris Greco, and lighting design by students of Dave Grill. The performance was produced by Rebecca Haviland.

Pictured: Student musicians backstage. Photo (c) Luna Threadgill.