The Waynesburg University Music Program will present a special performance Friday, Nov. 17, featuring the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. The concert, “Out of This World,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsh Center, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program, said this performance is distinctive as the students will be able to showcase a more complete arrangement of music.

“The Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert will feature full sets of music, rather than one or two pieces as they would on a Chamber Works concert,” said DePriest. “So, the music for the event will be half orchestra and half jazz.”

The performance will include themes from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Halo,” “Doctor Who” and other selections related to space and space travel. Space-inspired music from movies and composers will be featured at the concert, such as “Rocket Man” by Elton John and “Jupiter” from The Planets.

For more information about the event, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-3420 or email 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 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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The Waynesburg University Players will present Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” Wednesday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the Waynesburg University campus.

“This production is an opportunity to see one of the greatest plays of all time on a local stage,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre. “Seeing the Shakespearean characters and hearing their words, instead of merely reading them, can be an exciting opportunity.”

“Hamlet” first premiered around 1600, and is a story of family turmoil and revenge. Powers stated it is a 400-year-old story that can still relate to a present-day audience.

The story is set in Denmark, where Hamlet, who has been away to school, has learned that his father has died and that he is next in line for the crown. However, upon returning home he finds that his Uncle Claudius has assumed the throne and even married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. After a night-time encounter with the spirit of his dead father, young Hamlet learns that it was Claudius who killed the old man, which emboldens Hamlet to seek revenge.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Waynesburg University students. To purchase tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/hamlet.

Available tickets will also be sold at the door.

The cast and crew include:

  • Hamlet - Shawn White, senior English (creative writing) major from Amity, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • King - Ronald Loebker, senior computer science major from Ripley, Ohio (Home School Clearing House)
  • QueenSara Lesher, senior criminal justice administration major from Masontown, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin High School)
  • PoloniusChristian Wilson, junior digital design major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • OpheliaTessa Masula, junior English (secondary education) major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Wellspring Preparatory High School)
  • LaertesSteven Caumo, junior English (creative writing) major from Meadow Lands, Pennsylvania (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Rosencrantz/GravediggerMichelle Frye, senior advertising major from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania (Carmichaels High School)
  • GuildensternHolly Hendershot, sophomore communication (journalism) major from Manheim, Pennsylvania (home schooled)
  • Francisco/OsricRachael Crosbie, junior English (literature) major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Trinity High School)
  • Ghost/Player King/PriestMatthew Colaluca, senior environmental science major from Monaca, Pennsylvania (Central Valley High School)
  • Marcellus/Player KingEdward DiOrio, freshman communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from Hunker, Pennsylvania (Hempfield High School)
  • BernardoCory Tretinik, freshman communication (electronic media) major from Clarksville, Pennsylvania (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Player Queen/ServantVeronica Kayona, freshman criminal justice administration major from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)
  • A Maid/SailorGabrielle Urschel, freshman criminal justice administration major from Ashburn, Virginia (Briar Woods High School)
  • Stage ManagerKathryn Kondrick, senior history major from Cheswick, Pennsylvania (Fox Chapel High School)
  • Assistant Stage ManagerSamantha Morad, freshman English (creative writing) major from Glassboro, New Jersey (Washington Township Board of Education)
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Victoria Rossignol, sophomore sociology (urban studies) major from Norridgewock, Maine (Temple Academy Christian School)

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226 or epowers@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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Waynesburg University’s small musical ensembles will perform for the second time this semester at Chamber Works II, Thursday, Nov. 16, at noon in the Marsh Center. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

According to Dr. Ronda DePriest, professor of instrumental music and director of the Music Program, attendees at Chamber Works II can expect exciting new arrangements from the ensembles.

“Each Chamber Works concert is unique, because there are eight different chamber ensembles and a host of individual performers that present works on any given concert,” she said.

DePriest looks forward to the event because it gives students the opportunity to come together and explore their interests.

“I love that our students have these venues to share what music means in their lives,” she said. “It is great that Waynesburg students, from such a variety of degree plans, have the opportunity to be a part of something larger than themselves. The friendships that these students make is evident in the music they prepare and present throughout the year.”

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-3420 or email 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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-31-Performing-Arts-Series_Haller.jpgWaynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will host an organ recital by Dr. William Haller Sunday, Nov. 5, as part of its Performing Arts Series. The 3 p.m. recital will be held in Roberts Chapel on the Waynesburg University campus. Tickets cost $5.

Dr. Sora Lee, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University, will join Haller for the recital. Lee is a former doctoral student of Haller.

“This concert is a marvelous addition to our Performing Arts Series, and it will provide inspiration to the audience,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at Waynesburg University.

Haller will perform pieces from his personal collection in addition to repertoire chosen from the library donated by Waynesburg alumna Julianne Johnston Peterson.

Haller is the professor emeritus of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University (WVU). He taught full time at WVU for 22 years and continues to teach music theory, organ and harpsichord on a part-time basis.

In 1982, Haller was named a fellow of the American Guild of Organists.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and his doctorate of musical arts degree from North Texas State University. Haller studied organ with David Craighead, Donald Willing, Helen Hewitt, Finn Videro and Robert Glasgow and harpsichord with Robert Parmentier.

To purchase tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/hallerrecital. For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 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 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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b2ap3_thumbnail_10-24-McCracken-Legacy-Award.JPGWaynesburg University was awarded the 2017 McCracken Legacy Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce at an Oct. 21 dinner held in the Benedum Dining Hall on the Waynesburg University campus. The McCracken Legacy Award is awarded annually to a business or organization in Greene County. 

Jeff McCracken presented the award on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce.

“This award is so special because it comes from the hearts of the people of this community,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “It is also special because many at the University know the legacy of the McCracken family. They have touched many lives over the years with kindness and generosity and demonstrate what true American entrepreneurism is.”

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the award recipient must have demonstrated ambition, profitability, growth, sound business planning, customer satisfaction and management of people as well as a commitment to social responsibility and exemplary community involvement. The business or organization selected for the award must also have demonstrated a positive social and/or economic impact on the community and exemplary civic community leadership. 

Special guests included Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta and Pennsylvania State Representative Pam Snyder, and both commended the University for its service to the county and its commitment to educating students. 

Bartolotta lauded how Waynesburg makes good people, while Snyder remarked that sometimes we forget to appreciate what’s in our backyard but Waynesburg University is a crown jewel of Greene County.

Greene County Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader also spoke.

Waynesburg University has been a leader in the local and regional economy for many years and is one of the premier partners for economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Waynesburg University community contributes approximately 50,000 service learning and community/civic engagement hours each year. Those hours provide a total annual economic impact of approximately $1.2 million.

The University is proud to be one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country. With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship program offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg. Bonners contribute approximately 17,290 hours of service locally each year.

The Waynesburg University Bonner Program has developed meaningful, longstanding relationships with partner organizations in and around Greene County. Through this long-term approach, these local organizations benefit from ongoing weekly service contributed by students while students experience personal and professional growth.

With the numerous educational centers at the University, business partners and community members alike benefit from the University’s distinctive offerings. Examples include training exercises for law enforcement in the criminal justice facilities and monthly labs for homeschooled students.

Waynesburg University also has a long-standing history of supporting the local community. The University has donated more than $500,000 in recent years to the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, construction and fire safety equipment, as well as contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance.

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