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Waynesburg University will offer fine arts studies for community members through its new Fine Arts Academy, beginning this spring.

The Fine Arts Academy is open to anyone who shows motivation to study in comprehensive collegiate music and art settings. Curriculum includes weekly lessons on major instrument/voice, as well as classes in written music theory, aural skills and art.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Andrew Heisey, chair of Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts. “We have great professors and great facilities. I want people to be able to come and see what we have here.”

Heisey will be teaching the first pottery class this spring. Eventually, he hopes to include more professors, as well as local artists, who can teach their skills in art and music.

This spring marks the Fine Arts Academy’s soft opening, to gauge interest in the community. Heisey said he is planning a camp program for this summer, and the Academy will be fully pursued in the fall.

Classes will be held Saturday mornings, and students will have the opportunity to schedule additional private lessons. All classes follow the Waynesburg University calendar from September to April.

Academy students will have the opportunity to participate in both solo and chamber ensemble performances near the end of each semester, as well as in large ensemble concerts throughout the year.

For a complete schedule of classes and tuition and fees, visit waynesburg.edu/arts-academy or contact Heisey at 724-852-3274.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-24-Colleen-Nelson.jpgThe Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host a visiting artist exhibit from Monday, January 29, until Friday, February 23. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The visiting artist will be Colleen Nelson, a local freelance reporter. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, most people don’t know that Nelson is also a strong prolific artist in the community. Her work, which Heisey described as “almost Post-Impressionist style,” will stretch all the way from the 1980s to the present.

“In her written work, she frequently documents our community, and her artwork is no different,” said Heisey. “She has been creating images of historic Waynesburg for years.”

Heisey hopes students learn from Nelson’s unique style, as well as her resiliency in pursuing her artwork.

“One thing I hope people will glean from Ms. Nelson’s work is that you can always fulfill your dreams,” he said. “Never let someone tell you that you cannot do what you love. Even though Colleen makes her living writing for the papers, she still can follow her passions in the visual arts.”

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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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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will hold two audition days for admittance into the University’s Music Program and for music scholarships Saturday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 10.

Each audition day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

In order to be eligible for a 2018 Music Scholarship, students must complete an application to Waynesburg University by Wednesday, Jan. 10. The application can be found online at www.waynesburg.edu/apply-now.

The music program audition application is available online at https://forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=940131.

Prospective students are eligible to audition for the Music Program throughout the year, but are not guaranteed scholarship consideration after the Scholarship Application due date.

Any high school student who wishes to enter Waynesburg University’s Music Program must apply to Waynesburg University as well as audition for admittance. This includes students wishing to major in music ministry or arts administration (music concentration) or earn a music minor.

Prospective students may also set up an audition on any Visitation Day hosted by the University’s Office of Admissions throughout the year.

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

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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