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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-8-MLK-Jr-Day.jpgWaynesburg University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with participation in the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15, followed by a special convocation Tuesday, Jan. 16.

On Monday, Waynesburg University Bonner Scholars will lead other students along with faculty and staff in a series of on-campus service activities that will support local charities and service organizations.

On Tuesday, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel, Waynesburg University Board of Trustees Chair Marilyn House West will serve as the speaker during the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

West is the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of M.H. West and Co., a Richmond, Virginia, based planning and consulting company with specialization in management, education and planning services. West and her team have served clients ranging from government agencies to large corporations and school systems.

West currently leads the board of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center and the Senior Center of Greater Richmond. She serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Metro Transportation Authority, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation and the St. Joseph’s Villa.

In 2015, West was honored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Richmond with its 2015 Outstanding Women Award, which recognizes women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to the community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication and inspiring achievements.

In 2016, she was recognized by Style Weekly with an Executive Women in Business Achievement Award. She will be inducted into the Virginia Business Hall of Fame later this month.

West received Waynesburg University’s Margaret Bell Miller Leadership Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.

West holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Waynesburg University.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-19-Redd-essay.jpgFor Rea Redd, director of Waynesburg University’s Eberly Library, Civil War area history is more than a hobby or interest—it is a passion. And during the past two years, Redd has put his passion and expertise to use to produce a chapter in the recently published book of essays, “Turning Points of the American Civil War.”

Redd’s chapter, ‘The Point of No Return: Turning Points Within the 1864 Presidential Election and the Doom of the Confederacy,’ examines attitudes during the election for Lincoln’s second term, during the Civil War. Redd said that the process for publication took about two years.

“I worked on it nearly every evening and weekend for three months,” he said. “The editing process took a year and then another 12 months for its publication.”

Redd conducted extensive research to perfect his essay, and said it was a “learning experience.” He especially enjoyed the process of dealing with deadlines and revision.

“My favorite part was writing the drafts, sending them to the editors, receiving a prompt reply from them, making changes and sending it back very quickly to the editors,” said Redd. “There was a bit of suspense and a bit of a race to get it done correctly and quickly.”

In the past year, Redd has written another manuscript about Civil War medicine, as well as several fiction manuscripts that he hopes to develop and publish in the future. For more information about Redd’s writing, contact rredd@waynesburg.edu or call 724-852-3419.

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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During Winter Break, 10 students will travel to the Bahamas to work with children in schools and orphanages. The trip, which is designed for education majors at Waynesburg University, will run from Saturday, Jan. 6 through Saturday, Jan. 13. 

This year, Kylee Sargent, help desk coordinator, is one of the trip leaders. While it is her first year going on the trip, she is excited to witness the students in action.

“I’m very excited to see our education students using what they learn to serve others,” said Sargent. “This trip displays the purpose of Waynesburg University perfectly.”

Students will assist in teaching a variety of grade levels at a primary school in Nassau, Bahamas, and will also be visiting a local orphanage to work with children. Sargent said she hopes the students benefit from working with kids in an environment very different from the ones they are used to in the United States.

Students attending the trip include:

  • Abigail Bausch, sophomore early childhood education with special education major from Sunbury, Pennsylvania (Shikellamy High School)
  • Michaella Callander, junior early childhood education with special education major from Parker, Pennsylvania (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Jessica Costolo, senior early childhood education with special education major from Hopwood, Pennsylvania (Laurel Highlands Senior High School)
  • Kayla Coughlin, junior early childhood education with special education major from Buena Park, California (Home School Clearing House)
  • Caroline Frye, junior early childhood education with special education major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Home School)
  • Hannah Sembower, sophomore early childhood education with special education major from Somerset, Pennsylvania (Somerset Area School District)
  • Moriah Sivavec, senior early childhood education with special education major from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Shelby VanSickle, senior early childhood education with special education major from Fairchance, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Brittany Woodcock, sophomore early childhood education with special education major from Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania (Burrell High School)
  • Jordyn Wyllie, junior early childhood education with special education major from Grove City, Pennsylvania (Grove City Area High School)

For more information about the trip, contact Kelley Hardie by calling 724-852-3461 or emailing khardie@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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