Martina L. Svrchek

Martina L. Svrchek
Music, Fine Arts
North Creek, NY
Soul Funk Revue, SLU Dance Team, Community Assistant, Teaching Assistant for the Music Department

The Departments of Music and Art & Art History at St. Lawrence have allowed me to explore different artistic interests, and really narrow down what I am most passionate about. I am grateful for the multitude of music and art focused classes offered and the knowledge I have gained from them. The music department offers numerous ensembles as well as the private lessons, which I have taken advantage of. I am a member of the Soul Funk Revue, where Mr. Larry Boyette along with extremely talented musicians at St. Lawrence explore their soulful side while learning to work together and play great music! Lately, I have been taking courses that deal with the technology behind modern music, audio recording, and musical structures. I am interested in creating music through Garageband and Logic, and hope to explore that type of composition more. In the fine art field, I focus mainly on painting and working with different mediums of cosmetics, for example eye shadow, to paint on canvas. Overall, the experience so far with the SLU music and art departments has been extremely challenging, but rewarding at the same time. The opportunities in terms of work space, lessons, participation, and live concerts are endless!

In the spring semester of 2012, I studied abroad to Trinidad and Tobago. There I ventured into the genre of calypso and soca, and I became obsessed. It is safe to say the study of those genres is now my main passion, and I hope to continue my research of Caribbean music, primarily soca, in the future. I began writing and recording my own soca music based off of what I learned, faced, and loved about Trinidad and Tobago, and have released it for the Carnival 2013 season. Youtube links are attached.