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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will present a Symphonic Band Mid-Winter Concert Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

According to Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, this year’s Mid-Winter Concert will be a special one. That is because the Symphonic Band will be able to present to the public material used in the 2018 Conducting Symposium, featuring music by Charles Carter, Aaron Copland, Charles R. Young, Claude T. Smith and John Philip Sousa.

“After a hiatus of four years, our annual Conducting Symposium is back,” said DePriest. “The student members of this year’s Symphonic Band have not had the opportunity to approach our repertoire in this setting during their time at Waynesburg.”

DePriest said the Conducting Symposium gives students the “opportunity to study music in an in-depth manner with professional instrumentalists and an internationally known conductor.”

“We have not presented a concert utilizing this material in the past eight Conducting Symposia, so this will be a treat for our audience and Symphonic Band members alike,” said DePriest.

The concert marks one of the Music Program’s first events of the semester. DePriest said she is looking forward to continuing the program’s work inspiring different musical groups and individuals.

“Our goals continue to be connected to the daily singing and playing of our ensembles and individual musicians,” she said. “I am proud that Waynesburg continues to support these students in terms of offering quality music classes of which the whole student body can be a part. The self-expression that our music students find within themselves and choose to share with others is a pleasure to witness.”

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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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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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_12-2-Christmas-Concert.jpgThe Music Program will host their annual Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The concert will feature both separate and combined performances from the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Symphonic Band, and will include festive music such as “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and “Silent Night.”

According to Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, the concert is a great way to display the broad talents of students in the Department of Fine Arts.

“This concert always brings the full department together at a most enjoyable time of year,” said DePriest. “The audience will hear some pieces that are traditional Christmas-time pieces and some that utilize melodies that are very familiar but are treated in new and interesting ways.”

For more information, contact DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or call 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 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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The Music Program at Waynesburg University will be hosting their annual TUBACHRISTMAS celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The free concert will take place in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus. Doors open at 7:05 p.m.

Registration is open to euphonium and tuba players of all ages and will begin at 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. The cost is $10 to register. Rehearsal will take place beforehand at 6 p.m.

This year, TUBACHRISTMAS celebrates its 44th anniversary. The world-wide event was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell. Bell was born on Christmas in 1902.

Ironically, much of the music performed at these events was composed by American composer Alec Wilder who passed away on Christmas Eve in 1980.

The first TUBACHRISTMAS concert was held in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Dec. 22, 1974.

For more information, contact Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program, at 724-852-3420 or rdepriest@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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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Lamplighters Touring Choir will be presenting their Fall Concert Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Melanie Catana, assistant professor of music, directs the choir, which is made of 18 students from a variety of majors and classes. At the Fall Concert, the students will sing pieces from GLAD’s A Capella Project—a Christian rock group—and will also collaborate with the South Hills Children’s Choir.

“I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing the children’s choir and the Lamplighters perform together,” said Catana. “I am also excited for the Lamplighters to perform the GLAD songs that we are preparing.”

Catana said that in their rehearsals, the choir students work extensively to combine vocal skill with faith and Biblical learning.

“One of the most important elements to our choir is that we spend time talking about our faith in Jesus, together and in small groups,” she said. “Our choir wants to be able to share the Good News of Christ by maintaining active and healthy individual relationships with the Lord. Prayer and devotions on Biblical passages are what keep us focused on our calling as a group: to be a choir that ministers God’s message of salvation and love through meaningful and beautiful music.”

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or email 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 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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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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