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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-2-Christmas-Concert.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The concert will feature the University’s Lamplighters Concert Choir and Symphonic Band.

The Lamplighters Concert Choir will present J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” which brings the text of Luke, chapter one, to life as Mary sings God’s praises as he remembers His promises to Israel. The 30 minute choral work will feature a variety of soloists.

Melanie Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music, looks forward to this annual event as it helps spread the joy and music of the Christmas season.

The Symphonic Band will present a medley of Christmas music, including classic and popular songs that have become synonymous with the Christmas season. The band will also perform songs from popular movies such as The Polar Express, Frozen and The Theory of Everything.

The Symphonic Band is directed by Ronda Depriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the music program.

“I love the holiday season and am looking forward to sharing some marvelous music from various types of movie scores and all-time favorite carols of the season,” said DePriest.

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit the students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information, contact DePriest at 724-852-3420 or repries@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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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Six Waynesburg University students successfully auditioned and participated in the recent 2016 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choir held at Susquehanna University.

Dr. A. Jan Taylor, director of choirs and music education at Prairie View A&M University, led the choir of 95 singers. A total of nine Pennsylvania colleges and universities were represented at the festival.

This was the first year that Waynesburg University music students were represented at the festival, according to Melanie Catana, director of choral music and instructor of vocal music at the University.

Students who participated include:

  • Susan Dunsworth, freshman entrepreneurship major from Erie (Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy)
  • Briana Ryan, sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Rachel Philipp, junior arts administration (music concentration) major from McMurray (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)
  • Kayla Goncalves, junior music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Thomas Faye, freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hills High School)
  • Philip Hurd, recent music ministry alumnus from Elizabeth

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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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band fall concert, “Movie Magic,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel.

This presentation will begin the Symphonic Band’s yearlong exploration of the vast world of movie themes. A variety of musical styles encompassing silent films, dramas, historical pieces, animated films and blockbuster soundtracks will be celebrated.

Musical themes will be presented that bring attendees back to many of their favorite movie memories. Themes from great composers, such as Leonard Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Randy Edelman, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others will be brought to life.

Concertgoers will be inspired by the melodies that set the stage for many facets of the human experience.

No reservations are necessary for the event.

For more information, contact Ronda DePriest 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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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-27-Lamplighters.jpgThe Waynesburg University Lamplighters choir will offer a Disney-themed sing-along concert in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Lamplighters will also offer the concert at an assembly at Waynesburg Central Elementary School on the morning of Oct. 13.

The choir will lead the audience in singing along to songs from Toy Story, The Lion King, Frozen and more. Disney characters from the movies represented may even make an appearance at the concert. Melanie Catana, director of choral music, said the concert is perfect for young children and hopes the music brings messages of joy and friendship to those who take part.

According to Catana, University students in the Lamplighters choir have been requesting to perform a Disney concert for years.

“We are already having a ball in rehearsal just preparing for this concert,” said Catana. “It is just a good time – singing purely for the love of it.”

Catana invites University students, in addition to children and parents in the community, to attend the concert and take part in the fun.

“The choir and the audience are both the performers for this event – we need all Disney lovers and singers on deck,” she said.

Tickets will be provided at the door prior to the event. For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or 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 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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Waynesburg University will host Chamber Music Theatre’s Core Ensemble Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Marsh Center. Core Ensemble will perform the Chamber Music Theatre work, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance.” 

Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. 

Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, “Of Ebony Embers” examines the lives of three African American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. 

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Jamyl Dobson portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. The trio performs chamber music ranging from new and traditional concert pieces to vernacular styles such as jazz, tango, folk and spiritual primarily by African American and Latin American composers. 

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reservations are suggested. To register, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/of-ebony-embers. 

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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