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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_027.jpgA combined concert presented by the Waynesburg University Lamplighter Concert Choir and Symphonic Band will be held in Roberts Chapel Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The choir’s portion of the concert, to be directed by Melanie Catana, director of choral music, is centered around Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana,” featuring poetry-based works by American composers such as Leonard Bernstein and Martin Shaw. The Symphonic Band, led by Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music, will focus on American hymn tunes and include works by composers William Schuman, Jack Stamp and more. The two groups will perform John Rutter’s “Look at the World” as a combined number.

Both groups are comprised of students from all degree areas at the University, and the Symphonic Band also includes community members. According to DePriest, the groups provide an opportunity for students to continue their music education, and she believes the experience gained is valuable.

“I think the students would tell you that it kind of feeds their spirits a little bit, and we hope sharing that with others will do the same for the audience,” said DePriest.

After the concert, a reception will be held for musicians and audience members in the Marsh Center in the lower level of the Chapel.

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University’s small musical ensembles will showcase their work at Chamber Works II Thursday, April 21, at noon in the Marsh Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music, anticipates that the University’s woodwind quintet, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble and the James Randolph Kiltie Band will be among the groups contributing to the concert. The student-comprised ensembles are led by part-time faculty members of the University.

Not included in this semester’s Chamber Works concert is the chamber orchestra group, who will be holding their own concert Saturday, April 23. This is the group’s first isolated performance and will be entitled “Around the World in 80 Days.”

“This is the first time they’ve done a concert all on their own, which shows some growth in the program,” said DePriest. “We’re hoping it becomes a unit that can stand alone.”

Now in its eighth year, the Chamber Works program offers students in small ensembles a chance to focus on individual musical skills and develop leadership skills within their ensemble. Chamber Works concerts are offered twice each semester for the campus and local communities.

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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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 Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in New York City.

Batchelder’s presentation, “Making Career Decisions,” focused on identifying resources, such as skills and degrees, necessary for starting out in the performing arts field or launching a new career within the field. She presented alongside three other higher education professionals in arts administration and arts management.

“I enjoy being able to help students and professionals who are at a turning point in their careers and teach them about opportunities they may not have known existed,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder has attended the APAP conference since 2009. She is also the chair of a special panel for the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), which is represented at the APAP conference.

“As the director of an arts administration program, I think it is an honor to represent AAAE at the APAP conference,” said Batchelder. “I enjoy networking and keeping up with what is happening in the field.”

Eventually, it is her goal to bring Waynesburg University students with her to the APAP conference so that they can learn about job opportunities first-hand and have a chance to network with important and influential professionals in the field.

Batchelder joined Waynesburg University in 2015. She received a M.A. from St. Andrews University and a M.A. and Ph.D., from The Ohio State University.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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