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b2ap3_thumbnail_2-15-Harris-art.pngSydney Harris, a senior art major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open her senior art exhibition with a reception Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, which is open to the public, will be on display through Thursday, March 29.

Harris’ exhibit will showcase a variety of styles, including ceramic, jewelry, paintings, drawings and digital prints.

“It is an amazing feeling knowing that you have worked so hard for the past couple years to reach this point,” said Harris. “I am so proud to be able to show all of my hard work to the public [and] see how far I have truly come on this journey here at Waynesburg.”

Harris shared that her favorite work in the display is a series of pieces that combine glass with pottery. Pottery is one of her passions that she has been studying for many years.

“I learned from a past teacher about this technique where you melt glass into the pottery and it makes this crackle effect,” said Harris. “These pieces show my love for nature in its simplest forms.”

Harris gives much credit to her success and learning over the past few years at Waynesburg to her professors.

“They have been so supportive and without that kind of a positive environment, I cannot even imagine where I would be today as an artist,” she said. “I am proud to say that I am a part of this program and will always speak highly of it to others.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-852-3247.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will revive its Annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. The symposium will be held in the Marsh Center on the University’s main campus beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and ending at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Colonel Lowell Graham will serve as the guest clinician for the event. Graham is currently the director of orchestral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was formerly the commander and conductor of the United States Air Force’s premier musical organization in Washington, D.C., earning the position of senior ranking musician in the Department of Defense.

Graham is president-elect of the American Bandmasters Association and president and CEO of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Additionally, he has been inducted into the University of Northern Colorado School of Music “Hall of Honor” and was a recipient of the Award of Distinction for Contributions in Music Education from the Illinois Music Educators Association, among many other awards.

He has released recordings on six labels, including Naxos, Telarc, Klavier, Mark, Altissimo and Wilson that have been recognized for both their artistic and sonic excellence. These recordings have been recognized in Stereophile’s “Records to Die-For” list and The Absolute Sound’s “The Super Disc List,” as well as one having won a Grammy.

Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in music performance from the University of Northern Colorado, in addition to a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from The Catholic University of America.

The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will function as the clinic band for the workshop experience. Repertoire will include “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter, “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland, “Tempered Steel” by Charles Rochester Young, “Incidental Suite” by Claude T. Smith and “El Capitan” by John Philip Sousa/Brion & Schissel.

The opportunities to register as a conducting fellow, observer or ensemble member still exist. The fee to observe is $10 for high school students and as low as $30 for adults.

Those interested are asked to complete the online registration form at forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=909839.

For other information or inquiries, contact Dr. Ronda Depriest, director of the Music Program and professor of music, at 724-852-3420 or rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will showcase a collection of student artwork Monday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Dec. 8. The art show will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery and opens with a reception on Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The goal of this exhibit is to show the best work made within each art class [from the semester],” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art and chair of the Fine Arts Department. “It is always exciting to see these students discover a hidden talent that they did not know they possessed.”

The art show will include the following types of work: drawings, functional ceramic pieces, jewelry, prints and sculptures, among other types of art.

“When students make artwork in the classroom, they are used to seeing art in the process,” said Heisey. “When their work hangs in the gallery, it changes. What looked like an ordinary drawing, sculpture or painting now appears to be a masterpiece.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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The Lamplighters Touring Choir will be presenting their Fall Concert Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Melanie Catana, assistant professor of music, directs the choir, which is made of 18 students from a variety of majors and classes. At the Fall Concert, the students will sing pieces from GLAD’s A Capella Project—a Christian rock group—and will also collaborate with the South Hills Children’s Choir.

“I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing the children’s choir and the Lamplighters perform together,” said Catana. “I am also excited for the Lamplighters to perform the GLAD songs that we are preparing.”

Catana said that in their rehearsals, the choir students work extensively to combine vocal skill with faith and Biblical learning.

“One of the most important elements to our choir is that we spend time talking about our faith in Jesus, together and in small groups,” she said. “Our choir wants to be able to share the Good News of Christ by maintaining active and healthy individual relationships with the Lord. Prayer and devotions on Biblical passages are what keep us focused on our calling as a group: to be a choir that ministers God’s message of salvation and love through meaningful and beautiful music.”

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or email mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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The Waynesburg University Music Program will present a special performance Friday, Nov. 17, featuring the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. The concert, “Out of This World,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsh Center, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program, said this performance is distinctive as the students will be able to showcase a more complete arrangement of music.

“The Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert will feature full sets of music, rather than one or two pieces as they would on a Chamber Works concert,” said DePriest. “So, the music for the event will be half orchestra and half jazz.”

The performance will include themes from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Halo,” “Doctor Who” and other selections related to space and space travel. Space-inspired music from movies and composers will be featured at the concert, such as “Rocket Man” by Elton John and “Jupiter” from The Planets.

For more information about the event, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-3420 or email rdepries@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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