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Jamming out with the Jazz Ensemble: Student Spotlight

Friday, February 23, 2018

Justine Levine is a third-year student from Westchester, N.Y., who plays the vibraphone in RIT’s Jazz Ensemble. Levine is a self-taught musician who learned how to play music by listening to video game scores and playing them by ear. Through this experience of learning music through video games, Levine was able to identify two of his passions and see how they work together. As a game design and development major, Levine hopes to work with programing and video game level design so he can tell stories and create interactive and emotional experiences for players. A big part of that emotional experience, Levine said, is the musical ambiance.

In addition to his involvement with RIT’s Jazz Ensemble, Levine is also a part of the RIT Concert Band and the RIT Orchestra. He is also the founder of a new music group on campus called the RIT Game Symphony Orchestra. Levine’s orchestra is a Student Government-recognized club that started last semester. Already, the group has more than 35 members and they are looking to recruit more video game and music lovers so they can continue to grow. There are recordings of different songs they performed in concert on their YouTube page.

RIT’s Jazz Ensemble is having a Winter Concert at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Ingle Auditorium. This is their first concert of the semester and admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert and the Jazz Ensemble, go to http://bit.ly/2HySoQ7.

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