Engineers in Concert Showcases Students’ Musical, Dancing Talents

Monday, February 26, 2024
Rose-Hulman students perform in the Engineers in Concert performance at Hatfield Hall Theatre.

The many talents of Rose-Hulman students were featured in solo, small group, and ensemble performances on the Hatfield Hall Theater stage during the Engineers In Concert – part of the annual Student Performing Arts Series.

The annual Engineers in Concert lived up to its billing as students at the leading science, engineering, and mathematics college showcased their singing, instrumental, and dancing talents on February 16 across the Hatfield Hall Theater stage.

Now in its 43rd year, this annual concert that’s part of the Student Performing Arts Series featured more than 40 students from nearly every academic major performing in a variety of solo acts and groups. There also were performances by the Rose Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Rose Chorus, and Drama Club. The show’s musical program was produced by Norm Hanson.

Singing Enya’s “May It Be” was an a capella vocal ensemble of seniors Noah Blankman, Veronica Kleinschmidt, and Aron Murnane; junior Grace Sheridan and Gabriel Wollen; sophomores Elaina Baker and Erin Cass; and first-year student Eric Sparks.

Performing “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Besame Mucho” was the saxophone ensemble of junior Zachary Yong, sophomores John Dickinson, Miguel Vasquez Lopez, and Tessa Powers, and first-year student Jacob Morgan.

A percussion ensemble of juniors Nathan Rosmarin and Vincent Hammer, sophomore Erin Cass, and first-year students JT Emke, Charlie Nichols, Mason Rice, and Audrey Theuring presented Nathan Daughtry’s “Power Struggle.”

Meanwhile, soloists were senior trombone player Jackson Morris, junior pianist Emily Maxwell, and senior vocalist Aron Murnane, while sophomore Michael Wilson’s mandolin playing was displayed with other performers in several Bluegrass music tunes.

Presenting Sheryl Smith’s arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Cello Concerto in G Minor” were cello players Sam Betts, Sophia Gospodinova, and Tyler Kessis, all seniors; and sophomore Edward Kang.

Senior vocalists Mackenzie Hunt and Aron Murnane performed “First Date/Last Night” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, accompanied by sophomore Riley Vallier.

Singing “I Am in Need of Music” was the chamber vocal ensemble of seniors Mackenzie Hunt and Aron Murnane, juniors Mason Reynolds, Sophie Rund, and Abby Weinreb, sophomores Sean Rody and Riley Vallier, and first-year students Dustee Forster, Emma Johns, Alec Melendez, and Emmett Southfield.

The Rose-Hulman Dance Company presented a lyrical dance routine to Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” It was choregraphed by senior Rachel Kelly and Amelia Robinson, and included fellow dancers in senior Isabella Patterson, juniors Dominic Cipriani, Natalie Hannum, Eliza Stelle, Phoebe Worstell, and Noah Zahm; sophomore Ruby Browning; and first-year students Brianna Bittel, Grace Booher, and Allison Waldon.

Rose-Hulman Symphony Orchestra performed Robert W. Smith’s “Into The Storm” and Calvin Custer’s arrangement of “A Salute to the Big Bands” while the Rose Jazz Ensemble presented Sammy Nestico’s “Wind Machine” and Victor Lopez Norman’s arrangement of Dennis Diblasio’s “Coconut Champagne.” Both groups are conducted by Hanson. 

Rose Drama Club members Sarah Allen, Mackenzie Hunt, and Mason Reynolds presented Alan Menkin’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the musical that the club will be presenting April 26-28 in the Hatfield Hall Theater. Tickets are now available at the Hatfield Hall Ticket Desk (see contact information below).

Other future Hatfield Hall Theater performances by student groups and ensembles will be:

  • Dance Company’s Spring Showcase, May at 7:30 p.m.
  • Rose Concert Band’s Spring Concert, May 5 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Rose Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Concert, May 12 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Jazz Ensemble and Rose Chorus’ Spring Concert, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public. No advanced tickets are required as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, with the theater open one hour before each show. For more information on these performances, visit us at or call the Hatfield Hall Ticket Desk at 812-877-8544.