Wearing traditional feather headdresses and anklets called chachayotes, Mexica (pronounced me-shee-ka) dancers have made a name for themselves at traditional Mexican festivals like Dia de ls Muertos and Cinco de Mayo in Minnesota. But, as producer Allison Herrera explains, there is more to being a danzante, or dancer than what you see.
In this feature interview, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with SCSU Music Department Chair Terry Vermillion about his recent performance with Trio Lorca at Carnegie Hall. Yes, THE Carnegie Hall. Joining Professor Vermillion in New York City and rounding out the group Trio Lorca were soprano Catherine Verrilli and flutist Melissa Krause. Also during this lively conversation about the journey that led from right here in central Minnesota all the way to the pinnacle of musical performance in the Big Apple, Jeff and Terry talk about the importance of music education and what the SCSU Music Department is doing to help graduates succeed in their teaching careers.