RIT students to perform in Ovation on Friday

Sixteen acts of dance, singing, and instrumental music compete for cash prizes

Elizabeth Lamark

Kaitlyn Moy performed “The Flying Fairy” at last year’s Ovation competition. This year, 16 performances compete for a top prize of $500.

RIT students will have a chance to show their talents and compete for cash prizes during Ovation: RIT Performing Arts Showcase from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 in Ingle Auditorium in the Student Alumni Union.

It is one of several events for this year’s 13-day FreezeFest.

Ovation will feature 16 acts of dance, variety, singing, and instrumental music. The overall winner will receive $500, and the top acts in each category will receive $300.

RIT President David Munson and his wife, Nancy, will emcee the competition, which will feature judges from RIT and the community. The judges and their biographies can be found on the Ovation website.

“Nancy and I know our students are bright, but the number of students who also have talents in the arts is phenomenal,” Munson said. “We enjoy watching and hearing them perform at every opportunity we have and are delighted RIT allows them to continue their passions in performing arts.”

The performers come from diverse backgrounds, representing majors from nearly every college at RIT. They include:

  • “Indian Semi-Classical Medley,” drums, performed by RIT Awareness in Music
  • “Catching Shadows,” percussion, performed by Small Mallet Ensemble
  • “Schematic of a Wrench,” a song written and performed by Ear Piercings
  • “Beautiful City,” sung by Bradley Galeazzo
  • “Arcade,” lyrical dance and Cyr wheel, performed by Rachel Horrigan
  • “School House Rock,” percussion dance, performed by Pandemic Dance Team
  • “Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso,” salsa dance, performed by Latin Rhythm Dance Club
  • “Hungarian Rhapsody,” a classical show piece performed by Brandon Faunce and Andrew Bowman
  • “Summertime,” tap dance, performed by Jacobe Richard
  • “Time of Battle,” a funk-jazz fusion ensemble, performed by RIT Game Symphony Orchestra
  • “I Know What You Are,” musical ensemble written and performed by Jaeden Guarrasi
  • “Flex,” a rap track performed by Steven Simmons
  • “Complex,” danced by Carly Wicka
  • “Beggin,” tap danced by Riley Kranick
  • “Man of A Thousand Faces,” sung by Alexandra Pross
  • “Deep Cut,” performed by classical rock band Retrograde

Ovation is free and open to the RIT community.