“Our Saxophone Quartet is really cool. This is my first time playing in a quartet setting,” notes Harris Allgeier `14, a double major in English and drama.
“We play a wide range of fun and technically challenging music – from quartet adaptations of popular music to more refined pieces, and we perform in Hotchkiss Recital Hall. I’ve played the saxophone since the age of 12,” explains the Maryland native.
“Last year Kenneth Schweitzer (Assistant Professor of Music) approached me to join the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. Ken’s a good professor and he also knows what he wants from the groups.” Harris plans to take Music Technology with Schweitzer in the new Keyboard and Technology Laboratory where student compositions are created in the Gibson Center for the Arts.
“I don’t have enough time to do all the things I like to do; besides playing the sax, I like to act and write,” says Harris. He added Drama to his double major when Dale Daigle, Associate Professor of Drama, chose him as an ensemble cast member. His freshman year he starred in two senior thesis productions: Sam Shepard’s True West and Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs.
As a sophomore, Harris has worked with playwright Robert Earl Price, Washington College Lecturer in Creative Writing and Drama on the world premier drama All Blues. “He trained the cast in their parts and took us to Atlanta to perform in a professional theater. Then we worked with a professional cast and handed off the play – it was an incredible experience,” recalls Harris.
Academically speaking, he is taking a playwriting class as well as working for Michele Volansky, Chair of the Drama Department.
Revitalizing the student-run drama group, “Fakespeare,” has been another big project for Harris. He pulled together an interested group of writers and actors who are busy developing a “big night of sketch comedy” for the spring entitled “Nowhere Near Broadway.”
Harris is exploring his other passion in the Creative Writing Workshop taught by author Robert Mooney, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing. “My immediate goal is to ‘shoot for the stars’ – I would like to compete for the Sophie Kerr Prize for writing,” says Harris, reflecting on the largest undergraduate prize in the U.S. for a senior who demonstrates promising literary instincts.
“After I graduate, I want to continue writing short fiction; I’d love to teach English and make a difference.”