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Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University, presented at the recent Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Batchelder’s presentation was titled “Festivals Crossing Borders: Influence of the Edinburgh Fringe on North American Fringe Festivals.” Her research encompassed nearly 20 years of field work in Edinburgh which included various interviews and archival recordings of Edinburgh Fringe venue managers and directors, in addition to numerous Edinburgh Fringe Society board meetings.

“Since the conference was in the home of the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, my talk focused on how the first-ever Fringe festival has influenced other Fringe festivals that have sprung up around the world,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder also participated in a panel discussion titled “City to City: How the Arts Transform and Connect Communities.”

Waynesburg University recently became a member of the AAAE, the only professional academic organization specifically devoted to educators who teach arts administration courses at the collegiate level.

As a member, Waynesburg fine arts faculty and staff are able to collaborate with and learn from arts administration professionals from around the globe. Information gained from conferences and events will be incorporated into the arts administration curriculum at the University.

“I expect my international work and academic experience at the conferences and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will help bring students in our program both knowledge and experiences they otherwise could not have,” said Batchelder.

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 Department of Fine Arts will host the second Chamber Works concert of the semester Thursday, April 13, at noon. The concert, which will take place in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel, is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. Donations can be made at the concert to benefit Relay for Life. Refreshments will be offered at a reception afterward.

Twice each semester, the University’s Music Program presents Chamber Works concerts to showcase the hard work and talents of small ensembles. The ensembles and repertoire featured vary at each concert; at a given event, attendees may hear performances from a brass, percussion or woodwind ensemble, a guitarist or pianist, or a beauty or barber shop quartet.

Small ensembles are taught by University instructors outside of general music classes and provide students opportunities for leadership within the group and individual creativity. Students in small musical groups are also exposed to a wider variety of musical genres than is possible in large ensembles. Chamber Works concerts illustrate the hours of practice dedicated and students’ passion for their craft.

For more information, contact Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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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Waynesburg University’s Music Program will present their annual spring concert Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert will feature the Lamplighter Concert Choir and Symphonic Band. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band, led by Professor of Instrumental Music Dr. Ronda DePriest, will complete a year-long cycle of film music. The band will feature the scores of John Williams, including “1941,” “Lincoln,” “The Terminal,” “War Horse” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Jeremy Olisar, instructor of music, will perform as the clarinet soloist with the band on “The Terminal.”

The Lamplighter Concert Choir will continue their exploration of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The choir will present familiar hymns such as “Amazing Grace,” in addition to three pieces based on Psalms 23, 121 and 148, and Rene Clausen’s “The Prayer,” which incorporates a prayer by Mother Theresa.

Dr. Sora Lee, Lamplighter accompanist and jury/recital accompanist for the University, will also perform.

The concert will mark the final musical event for seniors in both ensembles.

“It will be bittersweet in terms of the wonderful senior class that is such a vital part of our ensemble,” said DePriest. “Their commitment to presenting great wind band music on the Waynesburg campus will be evident during this concert, and their future presence in the ensemble will be greatly missed.”

A reception will follow the concert in the Marsh Center, directly below Roberts Chapel.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Melinda Rush at 724-852-7638 or msrush@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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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 Department of Fine Arts will host a student art show in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, April 10, through Friday, April 21. A reception will be held in the gallery to open the exhibit April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The exhibit will be a compilation of some of the best student work from studio art classes and will range from jewelry to sculptures to drawings and paintings. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite work from the semester to class, and professors will then choose a variety of pieces for the exhibit.

Much of the work included is created by students with majors outside of the Department of Fine Arts. As such, according to Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art, seeing their work displayed in a gallery is an exciting experience.

“Most of the time, it’s the only time they’ll have a piece in a gallery, and it looks different in the gallery than it does in the classroom,” said Heisey. “In ceramics, if you make a cup, it’s a nice cup. But when you put it in the gallery with the lights on it, it’s magical.”

Heisey also hopes that the campus and local community members who view the exhibit realize they have the ability to create art, as well, and become inspired.

“It’s a great way for people to see what we do, and maybe they see it and think, ‘that’s something I can do, too,’” said Heisey.

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. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-6-Musical.jpgThe Waynesburg University Players will present “The Addams Family” Wednesday, March 22, through Saturday, March 25, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Admission is $5 per person, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The Addams Family,” a new musical with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, features an original story where Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a young man her parents have never met. Everything changes on a night when the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

“The story has a sweet little message about growing up and parents letting their children make their own decisions,” said Edward Powers, director of the theatre program and professor of theatre. “I knew our students would enjoy the quirky characters as well as the dark humor.”

A new cast and a new show always excites Powers. He enjoys bringing the art of theatre to students and the community.

“Theatre is entertaining, enlightening and educational, and it can appeal to everyone,” said Powers. “Being involved in plays and musicals, on stage and off, can strengthen a person’s confidence, creativity, leadership and critical thinking skills, among other things.”

Reservations for general admission are suggested, and tickets can be purchased at www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/family.

Additionally, the University will host its annual Alumni and Friends Dinner Theatre Saturday, March 25. Alumni are invited for dinner in Benedum Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance of “The Addams Family.”

Tickets cost $35 for adults and $12.50 for children ages 12 and under. Alumni should register online by March 17, 2017, at www.waynesburgunited.com/dinnertheatre17. Theatre seats are limited and reserved on a date-received basis.

For more information about the dinner theatre, contact Lisa Colcombe in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 724-852-3256 or lcolcomb@waynesburg.edu.

Participating students and staff include:

  • Gomez: Kaleb Jefferson, freshman English literature major from Federalsburg, Maryland (Colonel Richardson High School)
  • Lurch: Jake Restanio, junior engineering math major from Houston, (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Fester: Zack Zeigler, senior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from West Mifflin (West Mifflin High School)
  • Mal: Mike Merten, senior history major from Columbia, New Jersey (North Warren Regional High School)
  • Lucas: Thomas Faye, freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills High School)
  • Motricia: Tessa Masula, sophomore English/secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory School)
  • Wednesday: Emily Mielcarek, senior international cultures major from Orchard Park, New York (Orchard Park High School)
  • Grandma: Kayla Coughlin, sophomore early childhood/special education major from Buena Park, California (home schooled)
  • Alice: Mandi Pascarella, sophomore biblical & ministry studies (children & youth) major from Greensburg (Hempfield High School)
  • Pugsley: Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School)
  • Cousin It/Chef Ancestor: Katie Kondrick, junior history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel High School)
  • The Moon/Warrior Ancestor: Michelle Frye, junior advertising major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels High School)
  • Pirate Ancestor: Ronnie Loebker, junior engineering math major from Ripley, Ohio (home schooled)
  • Caveman Ancestor: Matt Colaluca, junior environmental science major from Monaca (Central Valley High School)
  • Singer Ancestor: Christian Wilson, sophomore with an undecided major from Waynesburg (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Gambler Ancestor: Matt Desrosiers, sophomore criminal justice major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Puritan Ancestor: Steven Caumo, sophomore English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Nurse Ancestor: Rachael Crosbie, sophomore mathematics major from Washington (Trinity High School)
  • Saloon Girl Ancestor: Megan Leiter, freshman nursing major from Erie (McDowell High School)
  • Cavewoman Ancestor: Holly Hendershot, freshman communication (journalism) major from Manheim (home schooled)
  • Native American Ancestor: Allyson Barker, freshman art major from Palmer, Arkansas (Palmer High School)
  • Roman Princess Ancestor: Tara Barnard, junior early childhood/special education major from Millerstown (Greenwood High School)
  • Flapper Ancestor: Elizabeth Nicodemus, sophomore sports management major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Bride Ancestor: Gailan Williams, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Williamsport (home schooled)
  • Convict Ancestor: Heidi Dziak, freshman accounting major from Bentleyville (Bentworth High School)
  • Stage Manager: Tre’ Thomas, freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Mill Hall (Central Mountain High School)
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Joanna Peters, sophomore human services education major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community High School)
  • Choreographer: Denise Branthoover, junior nursing major from Murrysville (Franklin Regional High School)
  • Assistant Choreographers: Kayla Couglin, sophomore early childhood/special education major from Buena Park, California (home schooled), Megan Cook, junior communication (electronic media) major from McKees Rocks (Montour High School), Tessa Masula, sophomore English/secondary education major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory School), Megan Leiter, freshman nursing major from Erie (McDowell High School)
  • Director: Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre
  • Music Director: Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music/director of the music program
  • Vocal Director: Melanie Catana, director of choral music/instructor of vocal music

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and 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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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