Scholarly & Creative

November 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Music Faculty Complete Busy Summer

Throughout the summer, Arcadia University’s Music program proved its slogan, “Music is alive at Arcadia,” to be true.

In Center Stage Opera’s production of Andrea Chenier, Assistant Professor Dr. Elizabeth Murphy starred as lead soprano Maddalena.

Choir director Steven Gearhart performed “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” alongside the Rolling Stones with his choir group, The Crossing, on June 18.

Valerie Levicoff, violin instructor and string ensemble director, performed regularly with the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Levicoff served as assistant concertmaster for Berks Opera’s production of Aida.

Piano instructor Samuel Heifetz collaborated with Dorian Geisler, poetry instructor with Arcadia University’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing, to create and combine song and poetry.

CD Baby, iTunes, and CD Universe released the first volume of Voice Instructor Dr. Barbara Di Toro’s Singing Adventures: Imaginative songs and activities for young children. Di Toro created the album with partners Monica Liggins and John P. Dunphy.

Piano Instructor Stefanie Watson traveled to the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont to perform as a member of the Edwin Trio.

Kevin Rodgers, trumpet, history and jazz ensemble director, contributed as both a performer and composer to the newest CD by Abstract Truth, a jazz ensemble band based in Philadelphia.

Stephen Kleiman, Arcadia’s guitar instructor, performed as part of the orchestra for productions at both the Bucks County Playhouse and the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Lastly, instrumental ensemble director Edward Etkins traveled to the University of North Texas not only to continue his research on jazz musician Maynard Furguson but to aid in the repair of North Texas’ music library.

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