QU Alumni Return To Support Previous Professors
By Rebeka Porter
Quincy University’s annual faculty music recital was on Sept. 9 at the Connie Niemann Center.
Faculty music department members Laura Kammerer, Michael Saul, Bill Machold, Amy K. Stollberg and Dr. Christine Damm performed at the recital. Amanda Saul Ensign , a WIU grad student, was a guest performer during Ensign’s performance.
Courtney Gear and Darren Lillard, QU alumni, returned to support their previous professors.
Gear and Lillard met at QU, fell in love through their shared interest in music, and have been together for four years. They both currently attend Western Illinois University.
Gear is enrolled in the communication graduate program at WIU and loves visiting because she views QU as her home away from home.
“I always feel comfortable coming back to Quincy University. And my home has always been with the music department and the communications department. So I feel that when I come back I always have kind of a welcome home party for me,” Gear said. “I have people that I can catch up with and I can always enjoy the atmosphere and watch the great performances and the great performers that are at Quincy University.”
Lillard is currently studying saxophone performance at WIU.
“I came back to the recital to enjoy the music of my former teachers, especially Dr. Christine Damm, who tore it up on clarinet,” Lillard said.
Gear and Lillard have been active in the music department and Kappa Kappa Psi, the honorary music fraternity, since they were freshmen. The music department here at QU holds a special place in their lives.
QU’s marching band will be performing at the homecoming game on Sept. 24. The parade, commonly referred to as the Hawk Walk, will start at 10:30 a.m. and the football game will begin at 1:00 p.m.