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A selection of Waynesburg University small ensembles will present Chamber Works I Thursday, Feb. 23, at noon in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel. Admission to the concert 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 after the concert.

The concert will feature the University’s Beauty Shop/Barber Shop Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Students who take private music lessons will also perform.

Small music ensembles give students an opportunity to hone and develop their music and leadership skills in intimate settings, and the Chamber Works concerts, offered twice per semester, allow ensembles to share their work with the campus and local communities. Smaller group settings also allow students to experience and connect to repertoire from a wider variety of musical genres than is possible in large ensembles.

“These concerts are a great way to break up a busy week and enjoy a little musical time together,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program and professor of instrumental music. “We hope both our campus community and the Waynesburg community will take an hour out of their day to spend some quality time together.”

For more information, contact 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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Students in Waynesburg University's Honors and History programs are preparing to begin a cemetery conservation project in conjunction with Hill’s Schoolhouse Cemetery.

Led by senior history major David O’Donoghue, the project is the result of collaboration between students in the Honors Program, the History Club and a Public History course taught by Dr. Karen Fisher Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities.

Throughout the semester, history students will research the history of the cemetery site and delve into the genealogy and lives of families buried there.

Then, the Honors Program will host a cemetery preservation workshop March 18, the University’s Day of Service. The hands-on workshop will teach students about upkeep of grounds and preserving and documenting tombstones at the cemetery.

Younger said the project is just one example of the University working to tie students’ learning into contributions to the local community.

“History is alive all around us. I hope students will come away with a feeling of great satisfaction knowing that they served the surrounding community by caring for the final resting place of over two dozen men, women and children,” said Younger.

Members of the community with information about individuals or families buried at the site and/or old photographs of the cemetery that could aid students in their research are encouraged to contact O’Donoghue at odo1639@student.waynesburg.edu.

The University owns and maintains the cemetery; it was acquired in the same purchase as the land that now holds the baseball fields and tennis courts.

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_IMG_2671.JPGThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will present a senior student’s art exhibition from Monday, Jan. 30, through Friday, Feb. 24, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. 

The exhibit, featuring work by senior art student Maggie Denniston, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30. The reception and exhibit are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

A senior art exhibit is the equivalent of an art student’s capstone course, the culmination of their education and hard work. Denniston, who has chosen the pieces for this particular exhibit from her work during the past four years, tends to use symbolism to express personal feelings about her life and the world through her art.

“I hope [Denniston] will feel a deep sense of pride in the hard work she has put into the exhibit,” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art. “It is a great feeling to look back at your work over the past few years and to share that with people visiting the gallery.”

According to Heisey, senior exhibits teach students how to set up and display their work, run a gallery space, promote an event and talk about their work in verbal and written forms. Each student is also required to create new pieces for their exhibit, which Heisey said tends to be their best work. The exhibit also serves as an educational experience for attendees, who can see how an artist works in a variety of styles. 

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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 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. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 18. Each audition day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel on Waynesburg’s main campus.

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.

In addition, students who audition and are accepted into the University are eligible for one of two instrumental and two vocal scholarships, even if they do not wish to pursue a music-related major. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the scholarship application by Jan. 23. The application can be found online at http://www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/fine-arts. 

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

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Waynesburg University faculty of the Fine Arts Department will perform in a music recital Friday, Jan. 27, in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Every other year, professors in the University’s Music Program step out of their usual teaching role to perform a recital with a variety of music types and genres. Each faculty participant will share pieces using their specific area of expertise. The recital highlights the strengths of the faculty and provides an opportunity for professors to showcase their skill outside of the classroom. 

“We are blessed to have these wonderful instructors here at Waynesburg University who love music and are intent to share that respect for artistry with our students on a daily basis,” said Dr. Ronda DePrist, director of the Music Program. “For our students, I hope they gain a greater respect and understanding of the necessary study and building of skills for their future as musical performers.”

For more information, contact DePriest at rdepreis@waynsburg.edu or 724-852-3420.

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