Nashville, Tennessee, is far from the Moreno Valley in New Mexico.
Despite the drastic change, Christine Subratie took the plunge and followed her musical passion at Belmont University.
“It was culture shock,” she says of her move to Nashville. “But I knew it was part of my plan and I had to follow it. I am one of two New Mexico students at Belmont.
Subratie recently appeared in the “Christmas at Belmont” concert, produced by Nashville Public Television.
It airs at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 20 on New Mexico PBS, channel 5.1.
The concert was recorded at the 1,700-seat Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on the Belmont campus.
“Christmas at Belmont 2021” features nearly 650 Belmont University students performing favorite holiday songs, traditional Christmas carols and festive tunes.
“NPT is delighted to collaborate once again with Belmont University to bring ‘Christmas at Belmont’ to a national audience on PBS,” said Becky Magura, President and CEO of NPT.
The concert features 15 student musical groups, including the Belmont Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale (traditional choir) and Jazzmin (vocal jazz ensemble) performing a variety of genres. Students perform an arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” that includes a bit of a mix of holiday tunes. Outstanding performances in a night of beautiful music include a bluegrass rendition of “It’s Christmastime Again”, a gospel rendition of “Go Tell It on the Mountain / Glory to God” and a version of “¡Navidad! By the percussion ensemble full of verve and syncope – and some musical surprises.
“I play the transverse flute in the symphony orchestra,” says Subratie. “They try to include as many bands in the school. It really is a great opportunity and they still have a guest artist.
Music has always existed while Subratie was growing up. His father is a musician.
By the time the sixth grade arrived, she began to play the flute in the school orchestra.
During her freshman year at Cimarron High School, she did the New Mexico All-State Band. She graduated in 2020.
“I was the first person to do this in my school,” she says. “I quit sports to focus on music. Once accepted to Belmont, I chose music education as a specialty. I want to teach others what I have been taught. I was able to be in a strong community thanks to the music. Now I want to give back. I had such great teachers, I want to thank them for helping me think big.
Subratie and her classmates recorded the performance for two long days – from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“It’s been two long days,” she says. “It was also amazing to see the process of creating a TV show like this.”
“Christmas at Belmont” was recorded in early December with an invitation-only audience and COVID-19 protocols in place.
“The hope of Christmas is reflected perfectly in so many songs this season, and I look forward to showing off the talents of our students in front of a national television audience,” said Greg Jones, president of Belmont University.