Inspire: The magazine from the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts at Temple University

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a magazine for the Performing and Cinematic Arts

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Looking Ahead Adapting and growing to prepare the next generation of creative leaders

Learning from Commissions Building for the Future Advancing Creative Career Education

Temple Performing Arts Center hosts major events for the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts right at the heart of Temple’s main campus. Here are a few highlights: Rite of Swing Jazz Café Most Thursdays, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Enjoy some of the best jazz around in the inviting lobby of the Temple Performing Arts Center, with refreshments available for purchase at the bar. Chicago: A 50th Birthday Concert Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. Temple Theaters presents Kander/Ebb’s Chicago in concert featuring a student cast supported by several alumni in celebration of the history of the Department of Theater. VoCollage Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. A whirlwind showcase of vocal music presented by student soloists and the Temple University Concert Choir, University Singers, Women’s Chorus, University Chorale, Singing Owls, Temple Ten and Lab Choir. Diamond Screen Film and Media Arts Festival Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2: 6:00 p.m. reception and exhibition, 7:00 p.m. screening, 8:30 p.m. awards 20th annual festival showcasing a wide array of the best work by up-and-coming student filmmakers and media artists.

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News briefs Quick updates on scholarly, community and philanthropic activity Selected events Performance highlights for the year ahead


New Works


Building for the Future


Keeping It Fresh

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Commissioning projects provide students with unique opportunities

A first look at new ideas to expand classroom and performance space

Program innovations that prepare students for creative careers

New Faculty Profiles Learn about new faculty joining the CPCA this Fall Student Profile Master’s student Samuel Nebyu’s debut CD follows a string of competitive achievements


Alumni Profile For alumna Adong Judith, the arts are a powerful tool for social change Class Notes Recent accomplishments reported by some of our alumni Interview Get to know alumnus, faculty member and administrator Dr. Steven Kreinberg

Inspire is a new publication from the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts at Temple University. 1715 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 The Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts includes the Boyer College of Music and Dance and the School of Communications and Theater. Boyer College of Music and Dance 2001 N. 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122

School of Theater, Film and Media Arts 1301 W. Norris Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 Robert T. Stroker, PhD Dean and Vice Provost for the Arts Jason M. Horst, Director of Operations (CPCA), Editor Linda Fiore, Director of Marketing and Communications (Boyer) Dara Boyd, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications (Boyer)

10 Caehlin Bell, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications (TFMA) Jennifer Jordan, Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations (CPCA) Jeff Yurcan, Major Gifts Officer (CPCA) Shauna Goodman, Director of Alumni Relations (CPCA) Phuong Nguyen, Development Associate (CPCA)

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From the Dean and Vice Provost One of the many aspects that unites the Boyer College of Music and Dance and the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts is a desire to nurture talented students through quality programs; to provide access to excellence. This shared mission guides our teaching and shapes our programs. The result is visible in our classrooms, studios, theaters and concert halls, and throughout the world through the ongoing work of our talented alumni. Whether in one-on-one lessons or large-format seminars, our faculty motivate students to reach greater understanding and skill in the arts. Our students, from the stage of Conwell Dance Theater or a film screening in the Temple Performing Arts Center, challenge and thrill audiences with their virtuosity and imagination. In classrooms and clinics, theaters and concert halls, rehearsal studios and art galleries, our alumni stimulate minds and evoke powerful emotion. In short, we inspire. In these pages, I invite you to discover stories that will inspire you. Read about the unique opportunities that commissioning projects provide for our students. Learn about our ideas for expanding essential classroom, studio and performance space for our growing programs. Examine the many changes that we are making to provide our students with the best education possible. Get to know some of the amazing students, faculty, alumni and donors who make such a tremendous impact on everything that we do. Plan to attend a lecture, master class, performance or screening. The Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts benefits greatly from the generosity of alumni and friends who provide the resources that make all of this possible. If you would like to join in supporting the work discussed here, please consider making a gift at or With warm regards,

Robert T. Stroker, PhD Dean, Boyer College of Music and Dance Dean, School of Theater Film and Media Arts Vice Provost for the Arts


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New Institute Enhances Dance Research Dance scholars and luminaries gathered in April 2017 for the official launch of the Dance Department’s new Institute of Dance Scholarship. The Institute aims to foster and enrich dance research by engaging with scholars, artists and dance professionals working in the field. Through a range of public events, guest seminars and collaborative research projects, it creates a critical network for dance studies. There are three main pillars of the Institute. • The Dance Studies Colloquium is a dynamic interactive speaker series designed to facilitate a dialogue about emerging topics and issues related to dance. It brings together artists and scholars to explore how we assimilate ideas and events and our resulting actions within the field of dance. • The Reflection: Response Choreographic Commission invites choreographers into main campus dance studios to consider how we ‘reflect’ and ‘respond’ through different kinds of embodiment: the experiential body, the choreographic body and the activist body. • The Scholar-in-Residence program hosts three weeklong opportunities for visiting scholars to present and gather feedback on their own research, and to provide mentoring for doctoral faculty and graduate students from the Temple University Dance Department.•

Students Explore London Last spring CPCA students participated in the second year of the Department of Theater’s study away program in Great Britain. A core part of the program was attending performances in London, which had a profound impact on the students. Rising musical theater senior, Katie Horner remembers one day when she and a friend attended Ugly Lies the Bone and Twelfth Night at the National Theater. Katie says, “[Twelfth Night] ended up being my favorite production I saw in London. It was visually striking, the direction brought the language to our modern sensibilities, and the actors dealt with the text with the utmost creativity and joy.” The students learned a lot about theater and about themselves. Katie says, “All of the new theater we were seeing with our Temple Theaters curriculum helped me realize my voice as a writer. Seeing what new writers are discussing in their plays, in conjunction with all the new experiences and thoughts I was having abroad inspired me to find my own voice.” Rising senior Corrina Brabham adds, “I’ve learned to take more risks, to be more independent and willing to explore the world by myself. The Temple Theater’s London Study Away Program is a great opportunity for students to see what the theater world is like in a global context.”•

Visiting Professors Bring New Perspectives With great pleasure, Dean and Vice Provost for the Arts Robert Stroker announces two outstanding Visiting Professors for the 2017–2018 academic year. Visiting Professor Ann Ziff, BYR ’16, has one of the most visible and influential positions in the international opera world today and is a passionate advocate for music therapy. As chairman of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Professor Ziff is part of virtually all operations at the MET Opera, providing her intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the MET, including it’s singers, stage directors, set Ann Ziff designers, conductors and management teams. Additionally, as vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, vice chairman of the Artist Tribe Foundation and board memberships at numerous other arts and culture organizations, Professor Ziff has a wide depth of knowledge about arts organizations across the country. She holds a master’s degree in social work from NYU and the Master of Music in Music Therapy from Temple University. Visiting Professor Kenny Leon is a Tony Award

winning Broadway and film director. His Broadway credits include the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington (Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony Kenny Leon nominations and won three Tony Awards including Best Revival), the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean P. Diddy Combs, among many others. Professor Leon is Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. He has presented acting and theatre workshops at universities and corporate offices across the country, and in South Africa and Ireland, and is currently the Denzel Washington Chair at Fordham University. Professor Ziff and Professor Leon will meet with groups of students several times throughout the school year, offering unique perspectives gained by their extensive professional experiences.• inspire Magazine / Fall 2017


Feature films by faculty filmmakers Elisabeth Subrin and Lauren Wolkstein have received fantastic recognition this year. The films have received highly prestigious premieres, have toured festivals and are now entering broader release. Both were screened as part of a double bill launching the annual Diamond Screen Film Series at the Temple Performing A Woman, A Part Arts Center on September 6. Elisabeth Subrin’s debut feature film, A Woman, A Part, premiered at the 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam as one of only eight feature films selected internationally. Official selections followed at BAM Cinema Fest, Denver Film Festival, Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Gotenborg Film Festival and the Philadelphia Film Festival, and the film made its theatrical premiere at the IFC Center in New York City in March 2017. Of her film, The New York Times wrote, “Touching on issues of artistic survival and the porous boundary between work and pleasure, Ms. Subrin, an accomplished visual artist and filmmaker, sifts addiction, celebrity and the plight of the aging actress into something rarefied yet real.” Preceding the premiere of The Strange Ones, IndieWire named Lauren Wolkstein to its list of 10 breakout talents from the 2017 SXSW Festival, calling the film “one of the most hotly anticipated premieres of the festival.” Co-written and co-directed by Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliffe, The Strange Ones premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, receiving a Special Jury Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (James Freedson-Jackson). Additional awards were garnered at subsequent festivals including Best Narrative Feature at the Greenwich International Film Festival and the American Independent Jury Prize at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival. The Strange Ones premiered on DIRECTV on December 7 and opens in theaters on January 8. A Woman, A Part is now available on Netflix and Showtime.•

Feature Films

The Strange Ones


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Scholars On Campus The year ahead presents several amazing opportunities to connect with internationally renowned arts scholars on Temple’s main campus. Several examples are below. Additional details about these and other scholarly presentations are available on our website. Part of the Institute of Dance Scholarship, the Dance Studies Colloquium features a remarkable range of artists and scholars working from diverse perspectives on history, theory and contemporary creativity in bi-monthly events. The Music Studies Colloquium provides exposure to a wider range of ideas than would be available in the typical classroom experience. This series features a mix of scholarly presentations from international and local guests as well as current students and faculty, on a wide range of topics including composition practice, pedagogy, historical research and theoretical analysis. On September 22, the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts hosted a one-day international documentary film conference. Thomas Levin (Princeton University) and Kevin B. Lee (Paris-based international media maker) presented the keynote lectures. The conference initiated the dialogue with students and researchers connected to the Harun Farocki Institute based in Berlin. Boyer College hosted “Georg Philipp Telemann: Enlightenment and Postmodern Perspectives,” part of the Philadelphia Telemann Festival. Paper sessions, featuring twenty leading scholars from the USA, Germany, the UK, and Japan, were held on Temple’s main campus on October 12–14. The festival included performances by Tempesta di Mare, Night Music, viola da gambist Thomas Fritzsch, and ensembles from Boyer College. Dr. Steven Zohn coordinated the conference and presented. The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center will host its second international conference on Temple’s main campus on March 16, 2018, titled “Advancements in Music Therapy Methodology: GIM, Improvisation and Song Methods.” Following a successful first conference showcasing research by 17 international experts this conference will again include significant involvement from the Center’s international consortium of eight research universities. International experts and Temple faculty will make presentations concerning music therapy improvisational methods, receptive methods and song methods and current graduate students in Music Therapy will present their clinical work in advancing those methods.•

Temple Music Prep joins nine partners in the newly formed Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY), a coalition receiving $2.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support specialized intensive instruction and professional mentoring to prepare highly qualified students for entry into university-and conservatory-level music programs. In the next year, 12-15 fourth through eleventh grade students will receive support to participate in Music Prep programs as a part of the project. One of the project participants, John Polanco, has been a student in the Community Music Scholars Programs Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, is principal trumpet in Philadelphia All-CityEnsembles and was recently selected to the 2017 NAfME All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble as Lead Trumpet. “PMAY Artist Initiative is a huge step in the right direction for me,” said John. “I am extremely thankful for this program because without this help I wouldn’t be able to progress at the extraordinary rate that I’m progressing now. I definitely see a brighter path for my music career in the future.”• Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) received




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Music Therapy aids

homeless Philadelphians

An innovative research project was launched last year to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with artists and music therapists. A collaboration between Temple University’s Arts and Quality of Life Research Center and both The Philadelphia Orchestra and Broad Street Ministry, The Wellness Project brings Philadelphia Orchestra members together with homeless individuals and trained researchers to provide weekly improvisation/therapy sessions with the goals of experiencing hope, mastery, self-expression, coping skills and ultimately enhancing quality of life. The project is ongoing and so far the results have been very positive. In an executive summary co-authored by

Dr. Cheryl Dileo, participants reported that music therapy improved their moods, connected them with others in meaningful ways, and helped them to express themselves musically and to feel a sense of empowerment. One participant noted, “Sometimes when I’m stressed, this is the only place where I can talk, playing music really helps me to release every negativity in my heart.” The Wellness Project is the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center’s most recent project. Other projects have shown the positive effects of arts therapies for HIV/AIDS patients and their caregivers, hospitalized children with spinal cord injuries, individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease and at-risk youth.•

Film students present work in


This October, several film students traveled to Berlin to present their work before an international audience. Temple was the only North American institution represented at the highly selective and competitive event “Farocki Now: A Temporary Academy,” hosted by the Harun Farocki Institute in conjunction with the Arsenal, the oldest independent film foundation in Berlin, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the primary cultural foundation in Berlin. The honor to participate was shared with four other schools hailing from Germany, Indonesia and Lebanon, and represents Temple’s outstanding reputation for documentary and non-fiction film production. The planning team for this project included faculty members Nora Alter, Chris Cagle, Sarah Drury and Catherine Pancake.•


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n June 2017, Temple Music Prep’s Youth Chamber Orchestra traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland for the second time as part of an ongoing relationship with the Tonskoli Sigursveins. A clear highlight of the five performances during the week-long trip was a performance for the President of Iceland, Guðni Jóhannesson (center).•

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Under the direction of Professor Amina Robinson, TFM ’03, ten theater students presented workshops and performed for approximately 200 elementary students from schools near Temple’s main campus as part of a project supporting the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate initiative. After developing a 30 minute script and rehearsing for three weeks, the students presented several workshops to classes at the independent Community Partnership School to prepare them for the performances. They then performed

Music Education Students Volunteer in Local Schools

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This past year, several music education majors developed lessons and delivered instruction in schools where music programs had been reduced or were non-existent. These activities developed out of the Music Education Department’s commitment to facilitating community engagement activities that allow pre-service teachers the opportunity to interface with schools and community organizations around the city, a core part of the department’s mission. For the past three years, Olivia Gusmano, BYR ’17, facilitated an elementary string program at Community Partnership School. Elsewhere, students Nathan Bergey and Rachael Bloemker developed a high school general music program at Liguori Academy in Northeast Philadelphia. In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and the POPS in Schools program, students Nathan Bergey, Thieny Bui, Alejandro Ramos and Merrill Woodruff, under the supervision of Diane Dannenfelser, BYR ’81, created an elective choir and taught general music at Issac A. Sheppard School. Both the Liguori Academy and Sheppard School partnerships will continue during the 2017–2018 academic year. A new partnership with the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music at 17th and Allegheny, is planned for the upcoming school year as well.•


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for students at Community Partnership School and nearby public school Dunbar Promise Academy. Taking themes from the ADL’s initiative, the show centered specifically around issues of identity, self-determination and loving oneself. The No Place for Hate project was extremely successful and teachers reported that students continued to talk about the performances throughout the rest of the school year. A similar project is in the planning stages for the year ahead with plans to expand to additional schools to reach more students.•

Fifty years ago, our Theater and Film programs were united, along with programs in Journalism, Radio and Television, into a new School of Communications and Theater. While theater courses had been introduced at Temple in the 1930s and film had been taught alongside of radio and television for years, 1967 marked an important time in the life of all of these programs as establishment within a separate school at the university brought increased prominence and prestige. Departments and degrees have changed over the years. In 1995, the Department of Radio, Television and Film was split to form the Departments of Film and Media Arts (FMA) and Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media (BTMM). Then, five years ago, the School of Communications and Theater split to become what we now know as the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts and Klein College of Media and Communication. We invite you to join us for 50th birthday celebrations at several events this year including a 50th Birthday Concert on March 24 and 25 and at the 20th Annual Diamond Screen Film and Media Arts Festival on May 1 and 2.•




TFMA Associate Dean Doug Wager (left) and Dean and Vice Provost Robert Stroker (right) congratulate TFMA Tribute Award honoree Sheldon Harnick at a reception in his honor prior to a concert performance of She Loves Me at the Temple Performing Arts Center on April 15, 2017. Mr. Harnick is the Tony and Pulitzer winning lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!, Tenderloin, She Loves Me and many other Broadway hits, and has written several opera libretti.

The generosity of alumni and friends is vital to the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. Your giving will impact generations of future students. Captured here are profiles that represent your recent remarkable philanthropy. We are extremely grateful for your support. DESI ALSTON Philadelphia native Desi Alston, BYR ’74, met Edgar Ortenberg, a former member of the famed Budapest String Quartet at Settlement Music School. Ortenberg eventually mentored and taught Desi from age nine through his graduation from college at Temple University where Ortenberg was the head of the string department. After graduating, Desi joined the National Symphony Orchestra and has remained with the Orchestra until this day. Because of his successful and fulfilling career, he decided to support that opportunity for other students in honor of his dear teacher. Desi established the Edgar Ortenberg Scholarship to help future Boyer College students succeed in their careers. The same drive that propels Desi to excel in music and life, (he is also an avid Ironman competitor) will be encouraged in other Boyer students in the future through his generosity. SUSAN CARSON After graduating from Temple University, Susan Carson, BYR ’68, ’70, moved to Stockton, California and purchased the radio station KFMR FM-100, later KQOP, becoming the first woman owner of a private radio station (country-western format) in the country. A longtime donor to the

Boyer College of Music and Dance, Susan recently established the Susan V. Carson Fund for Arts and the Susan V. Carson Fund in Music. Ms. Carson sits on the Board of Visitors for Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. Susan’s generous philanthropy and her dedication to Boyer and art is inspirational. CYNTHIA FOLIO Dr. Cynthia Folio, Chair of the Department of Music Studies and Professor of Music Theory, is an accomplished musician and dedicated educator. She has been recognized for her many achievements including receiving the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1996 and the Creative Achievement Award in 2012. As a flutist, she performs regularly in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Folio knew she wanted to give back in another way and feels grateful to celebrate her own endurance and resilience in establishing the Dr. Cynthia Folio Award Fund to support students pursuing a degree in Music Technology within Boyer’s Music Studies Department.

LARRY MAGID Mr. Larry Magid, HON ’12, is President and Owner of Larry Magid Entertainment and was co-founder and former Chief Operator of the legendary Philadelphia concert venue Electric Factory Concerts. He was also the Vice President of SFX Entertainment’s Mid-Atlantic division which was later purchased by Clear Channel and subsequently spun off as Live Nation. Mr. Magid attended the Fox School of Business from 1963 to 1965 with a concentration in Business Administration and Communications and Theater. Mr. Magid received an honorary degree from Temple University in 2012 and received the Boyer College of Music and Dance Tribute Award in 2016. Larry Magid has supported many scholarships such as the Billy Crystal Scholarship, Joe Smith Scholarship Fund for Music, the Miles Davis/Jack Whittemore Scholarship Fund for Jazz, and the Frances G. Lumsden Memorial Scholarship Fund. Temple University is gracious of Mr. Magid’s philanthropy in supporting excellence.

THE ROBERT PAGE FAMILY Robert Page loved his many years as head of Choral Activities at the Boyer College. His family has contributed to the Robert Page Graduate Choral Conducting Scholarship to honor their loved one. Colleagues, students, and friends have remarked how much Robert first and foremost loved music, loved singing and loved singers. The Robert Page family sees their philanthropy as a way to permanently institutionalize the Robert Page legacy. THE BARBARA WILLIG FAMILY Barbara “Bobbi” Willig, BYR ’63, was a talented music educator, choral singer, Boyer College Alumni Association Board member, coach of student teachers, and “snack mom” for Boyer students during the final exam crunch. Deborah R. Willig, LAW ’75, Louis Willig, and Julie Braman have created The Barbara A. Willig Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund which provides financial support to outstanding Boyer students. Through this gift, the Boyer community continues to be inspired by Bobbi’s generosity and boundless energy.•

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Selected Spring 2018 events This is just a sampling of the amazing events presented on a nearly daily basis by students and faculty of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. For complete details about these and information about other events, please visit Tuesday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. Temple University Jazz All Star Concert The Temple University Jazz Band and Terell Stafford Quintet, featuring Joe Lovano, Rene Marie, Dick Oatts, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis and John Clayton. Tickets: Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center Friday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Dance Faculty Concert This performance features works by current faculty and guest artists Kyle and Dinita Clark. Tickets: Conwell Dance Theater

Friday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. (TPAC) Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. (Haverford) Temple University Symphony Orchestra The orchestra, under the direction of maestro Andreas Delfs, performs Balada’s Hommage to Sarasate and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony along with the winners of the student soloists competition (Feb. 9) and DMA piano candidate Gretchen Hull (Feb. 11). Free and unticketed Temple Performing Arts Center|The Haverford School Wednesday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. Diamond Screen Film Series: Alumni Spotlight An evening of film by our award-winning alumni. Free and unticketed Temple Performing Arts Center


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Wednesday, February 28–Sunday, March 18 Romeo and Juliet Temple Theaters presents Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers with direction by Associate Dean Douglas C. Wager. Tickets: Tomlinson Theater Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. Chicago: A 50th Birthday Concert Join us for the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago in concert featuring a student cast supported by alumni Elena Bossler, TFM ’07; Victoria Guiteras Mayo, TFM ’11; Sean Thompson, TFM ’08; Warren Kelley, TFM ’79 and Bryan DeSilva, BYR ’14, in celebration of the history of the Department of Theater. Tickets: Temple Performing Arts Center Sunday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. 17th Annual Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Concert The Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs, under the direction of conductors Andreas Delfs and Paul Rardin perform Strauss’ iconic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra and Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time. Tickets: Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Kariamu & Company: Traditions Led by artistic director Kariamu Welsh, Kariamu & Company: Traditions presents a performance titled “Celebrate.” Tickets: Conwell Dance Theater

Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. 20th Annual Diamond Screen Film and Media Arts Festival Highlighting the most creative and outstanding student films in the documentary, narrative and experimental categories, as well as showcasing the works from student in the media arts program. Free and unticketed Temple Performing Arts Center

Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. Cosi fan tutte Temple University Opera Theater presents Mozart’s comic masterpiece conducted by Valéry Ryvkin with stage direction by J.J. Hudson. Tickets: Tomlinson Theater

Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Music Prep: Festival Gala Concert The final performance of the annual Festival of Young Musicians, this performance features the Youth Chamber Orchestra and Youth Harp Ensemble. Free and unticketed Church of the Holy Trinity

Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. VoCollage Temple University Choirs and Soloists perform in quick succession under the direction of conductors Paul Rardin, Mitos Andaya Hart, Rollo Dilworth, Christine C. Bass, and Lawrence Hoenig. Free and unticketed Temple Performing Arts Center Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Temple University Jazz Band Temple’s top big band, under the direction of Terell Stafford with special guest Ann Hampton Callaway, performs two sets in a spectacular New York City venue. Tickets: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, New York

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NEW WORKS! For an actor, each role is unique, an opportunity to live in another person’s story and share it with the world. But, it’s even more special when you’re the first one, ever, to inhabit that role. There are no preconceived notions about how the part should be portrayed, no comparisons to someone else’s interpretation. It’s your own. The same can be said in dance and in music. To be the first one to bring movement or sound to another artist’s creation, to breathe life into something that had only before been a thought, is a challenge, a gif￰ and an incredible learning opportunity. Programs within the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts commission several new artistic works each year. These projects provide students with inimitable experiences, giving them direct access to professional composers, choreographers and playwrights in an intensive atmosphere. Commissioning new work has become essential to the education of CPCA students and the forward momentum in each field. PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY February 2017 marked the culmination of the Theater Department’s first Playwright Residency Program with the world premiere performances of Reggie Hoops. Directed by Professor Ed Sobel, the play was commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Kristoffer Diaz and written specifically for the current cohort of six students in the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program. Over the course of the preceding year, Diaz had met with students and faculty, conducted master classes in the


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MFA playwriting program, observed work produced by MFA acting students and familiarized himself with Temple’s community of graduate and undergraduate students. “Diaz spent time on campus getting to know Temple and our MFA acting students and then crafted a play with our actors and our audience in mind,” Sobel said. “Our intention was to give our students the opportunity to originate roles in a new play, and to offer Kris opportunities rare in American theater: to write a play and almost immediately see it in front of an audience.” Associate Professor Sobel, head of the playwriting and directing programs within the Theater Department and the former director of new play development at Chicago’s

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Steppenwolf Theater Company, led the project. In addition to involving the student MFA acting students and one undergrad actor, the production team included Professor Marie Anne Chiment as costume designer, third year MFA candidate Nick Ligon as lighting designer and first year MFA candidate Kate St. John as scenic designer. “We needed to create a design that could adapt easily to a change of setting or text,” St. John said. “Fortunately, this play was better served by stylization and abstraction that realism. Focusing on the flow of the script and the beats hidden within the text, we developed a system of abstracted furniture pieces that transformed in function from scene to scene.” Another crucial member of the production team was associate producer David Steele, FOX ’91. A playwright himself and a supporter of new theater work through his role on the board of Playground, a nonprofit playwright incubator in San Francisco, Steele provided the crucial funding that initiated the residency project. Steele’s generosity was vital to bringing this project to life and providing rich experiences for the students involved in Reggie Hoops.

ORCHESTRAL AND JAZZ COMPOSITIONS For several musical projects, commissions have led to recordings—including three Grammy Award nominations in the last decade—with invaluable experiences for students along the way. The first Temple commission nominated for a Grammy Award was the 2010 recording of Bill Cunliffe’s fourth stream...La Banda, a commissioning project that included close collaboration with the composer, who had been on faculty at the Boyer College for several years. This piece and the co-commissioned Ansel Adams: America by Chris and Dave Brubeck were performed side-by-side for sold-out premieres at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. A recording of the Brubeck was released in 2012, and that year the Brubeck and the Temple University Symphony Orchestra recording of Cunliffe’s Overture, Waltz and Rondo each received Grammy Nominations. In addition to being the first of these Grammy nominations, Cunliffe’s fourth stream...La Banda was also the first of several projects blending the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Temple University Jazz Band. Three recent collaborative projects that continue this amalgamation of genres include an arrangement by Cunliffe of George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Daniel Schnyder’s UNITED, Symphony for Orchestra and Big

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Band, and Luck Be A Lady: A Tribute To Frank, arranged by Michael Abene. Each combined the ensembles in different ways, providing orchestral and jazz students with opportunities to share the stage and experience varied perspectives on the synergy between them.

the input and fresh perspectives of Temple’s skilled, talented and disciplined students through their participation in the choreographic process alongside the artist’s own company. Dance students, in turn, gain invaluable experience working directly with a professional choreographer and

Commissioning new works provides an opportunity for a composer to Following rehearsals and performances, Luck Be A Lady: A Tribute to Frank, was recorded by the Temple University Studio Orchestra and subsequently released in April of 2017. The studio orchestra, similar in composition to a pops orchestra, has not typically been included in the standard ensembles at Boyer College. “It’s not that common to be on that kind of record, especially with the orchestra and the big band. It was really cool, because for the most part, we don’t get to interact with the orchestra too much,” said Sean Markey, a guitarist on the project who is now in the Master’s program in Jazz Performance. “I really enjoyed listening to the orchestra.” Markey and Hailey Brinnel, a jazz education major and trombonist on the recording, said the experience of playing on a record of iconic music that includes such prominent names in the field will serve them in their careers. “I’ve been growing up listening to these arrangements, so of course taking the music of Sinatra in such iconic arrangements can be really daunting,” said Brinnel. “But Abene arranged it in a way that was so fresh, so we felt like we really were putting our mark on this iconic music.” Professor Terell Stafford, Chair of the Department of Instrumental Studies and Director of the Jazz Studies program, appreciates all of the opportunities afforded to students through these commissioning projects. “Commissioning new works provides an opportunity for a composer to compose a piece to complement, challenge and stimulate the students,” he said. “It provides the students and conductor the liberty to shape and mold the music as they see fit, and it instills in the students a feeling of pride, creativity, excitement and spontaneity, knowing that this “tailor-made” new work was composed for us; to be debuted by us.” CHOREOGRAPHIC COMMISSION Commissioning is an annual project for the Institute of Dance Scholarship through the Reflection: Response Choreographic Commission. Now in its sixth year, the program has connected students with noted choreographers Laura Peterson, Charles O. Anderson, Tatyana Tennenbaum, Jennifer Weber, Kathy Westwater, and this year’s commissioned artist, Bessie Award nominee Lela Aisha Jones. Chosen for their individual contributions to the field, recipients of the Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission receive commissioning funds, rehearsal space, production support and community engagement opportunities. Additionally, the choreographers gain from


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their company. This takes various forms from master classes and talk back sessions to dancing in the produced works in a performance in Conwell Dance Theater. While the exact details of each project vary slightly depending on the artists and the students involved, the commission generally begins with a master class for the Temple dance community in the spring semester. This provides wide exposure to the artist and their process, and an introduction to the largest possible group of students. Following this, there is typically a loose audition process, through which anywhere from four to twelve students are selected to participate further. Those students then commit to a one or two week intensive rehearsal period in the summer, and rehearsals and performances at the beginning of the fall semester. Frequently, several other opportunities for interaction with the artists arise during the commissioning period. Last year, many students travelled to New York City to study with commissioned artist Kathy Westwater or attend panel discussions. Lela Aisha Jones conducted a round table discussion with many of the dancers involved in her pieces this year. The flexibility of the process, sketched out in dialogue between the individual artists and project coordinator Professor Merián Soto, provides the best possible experience for both the students and the choreographers. “The commission helps to generate lively discussion,” Soto remarked of the benefits of inviting artists from outside the department to choreograph works for students who train as both dancers and choreographers at Temple. “Students learn a great deal from working with artists engaged in diverse approaches. They gain performance experience and are exposed to new methods and techniques.” Commissioning is a vital part of the educational process for students in the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, providing unique opportunities for collaboration with professional artists outside of those typically experienced in the course of study. The premieres of the Reflection: Response Choreographic Commission pieces by Lela Aisha Jones opened the 2017–2018 dance performance season at Conwell Dance Theater accompanied by a roundtable discussion and a public workshop. Several new music commissions are in the works for future seasons and will be announced in the next few months. In the meantime, recordings of past projects are available for download and streaming through all major online outlets including choral commissions from Ēriks Ešenvalds. A new Playwright Residency Program commission is in the early planning stages for a production in the 2019–2020 season.•

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Clockwise from top left: Director Ed Sobel looks on during a rehearsal of Reggie Hoops, dancers in the 2016 Choreographic Commission by Kathy Westwater, Saxophone student Chris Oatts solos in United at Lincoln Center, Students K.O. DelMarcelle (Iz) and Hannah Gold (Bells) in Reggie Hoops, the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band perform together at the Kimmel Center, Lela Aisha Jones performs with her company FlyGround, dancers in the 2016 Choreographic Commission by Kathy Westwater, Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts and the Temple University Studio Orchestra record Luck Be A Lady: A Tribute To Frank

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FOR THE A bold new idea to build on the success of Temple’s flourishing performing and cinematic arts programs and provide space for further expansion. With a rich history of excellence and a powerful trajectory as a leading arts education institution, the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts aspires to a remarkable future. Faculty and students of the Boyer College of Music and Dance and the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts are finding new ways to collaborate and innovate as the CPCA comes into its sixth year of uniting music, dance, theater and film. It is an exciting time in the history of our schools as new opportunities continue to develop, and the growth potential for CPCA programs extends far beyond our current facilities. The need now exists to create new space for the CPCA to grow. Steadily increasing enrollment, new programs of study and changing technologies and fields require state of the art classrooms, studios and performance spaces. The potential of uniting music, dance, theater and film will only be fully realized in rooms designed for collaboration and placed in proximity to one another.


ASSESSING THE NEEDS The buildings housing the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts spread across Temple’s main campus. Over the years, renovations to Presser Hall, Annenberg Hall, Tomlinson Theater and Pearson Hall—all built in the late 1960s—have improved the facilities in these buildings. Several classrooms in each building have been converted to “smart classrooms” with computers, projectors and sound systems. The rehearsal room adjacent to Tomlinson Theater has been improved with a sprung wood floor.

Theatrical lighting and communications systems have been gradually upgraded in several theaters. In 2009, a three story, 16,000 square foot addition to the southwest corner of Presser Hall added large classrooms, private teaching studios, administrative and conference room space, additional practice rooms and a recording studio. As the CPCA developed, teaching spaces and offices in buildings across the campus have also been added to meet changing needs. Boyer gained a mid-size classroom with the construction of the Tuttleman Learning Center. Opera teaching and office space moved to the third floor of Mitten Hall before the demolition of Thomas Hall, later joined by CPCA Advising offices on the second floor. Three theater classrooms relocated to Ritter Hall before Barton Hall came down to make way for Temple’s soonto-be new library. The largest building to come into use by the CPCA, the Temple Performing Arts Center reopened its doors in 2010 after three decades of disuse at the heart of Temple’s Broad Street exposure. Formerly known as the Baptist Temple, the building was constructed as a church led by Temple University founder Russell Conwell and saw a trail of historic speakers including Martin Luther King, Jr., President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Helen Keller and many others. Following extensive renovation, the building now houses a 1,200 seat theater with thrust stage and a smaller event space which can seat up to 135 people, along with a beautifully re-finished lobby and support spaces. In addition to supporting various university inspire Magazine / Fall 2017


The footprint of the expansion will form a U shape (in white) around the existing Tomlinson Theater space (in grey) at the corner of 13th and Norris Streets.

In a cross section of the east end of the initial building plan, the lobby and dance theater are visible on the first floor, with dance studios on the third floor, offices on the fourth floor and a screening and several classrooms on the fifth floor.

events, the building now hosts classes, the Diamond Screen Film Series, a weekly jazz café and a full series of main-stage musical rehearsals and performances. Dispersing teaching and performance spaces across eleven different buildings creates challenges for collaboration, especially for a developing alliance of arts programs. Additionally, despite the best efforts, the rehabilitation of older spaces simply can not keep pace with the level of professionalism offered in newer construction. Changes in film and media arts from the 1960s to the present, for example, have been significant, and spaces that were somewhat outdated soon after they were debuted are now used quite differently than originally intended and do not reflect the environment facing working professionals in the field today. Entering the next phase of the future for the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts requires a bold new initiative to add much needed studio, classroom, performance and office spaces. The recently named Klein College of Media and Communication faces similar challenges posed within the building they share with the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. Now, conversations among the faculty and administrations of the CPCA and Klein College have developed into initial plans outlining a solution, preceding a feasibility study to determine the optimal end result.


DRAWING UP A PLAN Developed under the leadership of Dean and Vice Provost for the Arts Robert Stroker and Klein College Dean David Boardman, this initial concept addresses the needs of Boyer, TFMA and Klein collectively with an expansion to the existing Tomlinson/Annenberg Complex on the northwest corner of 13th and Norris Streets. This preliminary outline, created by architecture student Cheng Zhang with input from various faculty and staff members, provides an opening for further


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discussion as a precursor to a feasibility study, a formal architectural design process and a fundraising campaign. While eventual plans may differ greatly, the spirit and vision of this plan addresses the needs of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts in a comprehensive and strategic manner. Under this plan, the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts would build a five floor expansion on the south of the building and Klein College would develop six floors on the north. The new CPCA spaces would form a “U” shape around the existing Tomlinson Theater, which would remain intact. The entrance on 13th and Norris Streets would face the planned “campus green” across the corner, with the new library to the south and Presser Hall to the east. This concept addresses a host of needs across the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. The entrance to the building opens to a two-story light-filled atrium with an exhibition space, box office, and access to three new theaters in addition to the existing Tomlinson Theater. On the east side of the atrium, a 220 seat Dance Theater will replace Conwell Dance Theater with updated theater technology and fixed seating. Across the lobby, a 180 seat movie theater and an experimental theater with flexible seating for 168 would provide essential new screening and performance spaces. Support spaces include backstage space and a scene shop. Each of these performance spaces would be outfitted with cutting-edge theater technology.

This plan provides spaces to replace Center for the Performing and

An atrium rising through the second floor with a lounge overlooking the lobby area would provide informal meeting spaces for students and faculty as well as overflow space for intermission crowds in the theaters below. Off of that lounge could be computer labs, an administrative suite, costume storage and a control room for the dance theater as well as additional restrooms to support the theaters on the first level. By locating the main performance spaces on the first floor, they are easily accessible to audience members, providing reduced levels of access to the upper floors of the building. Elsewhere in the addition, three dance studios would replace those in Pearson Hall with an additional yoga/ pilates studio and shower facilities. Four theater classrooms replace the current Ritter Hall classroom and provide additional instructional spaces. A large opera rehearsal room would replace the existing opera space in Mitten Hall, along with a additional shared classroom and three graduate design studios. A shared costume storage and equipment office will provide physical support to an already-merged CPCA production team, servicing theater, opera and dance. Another key aspect of the concept is dedicated space for 70 offices for dance, film and media arts, music therapy, opera and theater faculty, massed together along with small gathering spaces for informal meetings. Providing proximate spaces for faculty of various departments would support interdisciplinary collaboration. Additionally,

to enhance teaching and learning, these could be placed in close proximity to several small screening rooms, classrooms shared by opera and theater, a dance classroom, mixed use classrooms and spaces shared by the various CPCA graduate programs. A final feature of this concept would be “Studio City,” providing contiguous space for all aspects of Film and Media Arts, including audio production, sound stages, film stages, green screen rooms and editing suites. These would be supported further by multiple classrooms, computer labs for video editing, post-production rooms, large open rooms for media arts installation work, and a 100 seat screening space that would also support visiting scholar presentations. Here and throughout the building, the most current technology would support instruction and prepare students for the latest advancements in their field, regardless of discipline. Jeff Rush, Chair of the Department of Film and Media Arts, finds great potential in the building concept. “The building would feature professional-level sound stages allowing Film and Media Arts students to study all aspects of studio production and directing including lighting, actor staging, studio sound, special effects, production design, and camera movement. Media Arts production and exhibition spaces as well as high-end screening rooms would provide faculty and students with quality opportunities to produce media art work, study existing films, and preview and exhibit their own productions.” This plan provides spaces to replace many of those that scatter the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts across the campus. Additionally, it carves out new spaces to allow for growth and a futurefocused vision for what the programs within the CPCA will become in the decades to come. From the gathering spaces outlined on each floor to the intermingling of faculty offices, classrooms and performance spaces supporting various disciplines, this model

From near the entryway, the two story light-filled atrium includes two sets of internal stairs leading up to the Tomlinson Theater lobby ahead on the right, flanking a prominent exhibition space. The entrances to the movie theater and experimental theater are ahead at the far end of the atrium.

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enmeshes the programs of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts in ways that seek to support interdisciplinary collaboration. “Expanding and upgrading our facilities while creating entirely new spaces for collaborative projects, would take the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts to whole new heights; figuratively and literally,” says Theater Department Chair Fred Duer. “The potential impact on student experience, at every level, is incalculable.”


LAYING THE FOUNDATION What does a thriving school look like? Does it have increasing applications, growing enrollments, expanding programs, and an incredible series of public events? Does it have student ensembles on Grammy nominated recordings, or multiple faculty members simultaneously producing award winning and critically acclaimed feature films? Does it bring scholars from around the world to present lectures for students and stream them online for a global viewership? Does it commission major artistic works for student performers? The Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts has all of these. Another hallmark of a prospering school, CPCA alumni find great success upon graduation. Alumni

are Oscar winners, Broadway and Metropolitan Opera performers, television stars, Pew and TEDGlobal fellows, Bessie and Barrymore winners. They are also passionate and talented educators, therapists, scholars, administrators, and other key contributors to the arts and other fields. The education and experiences provided by CPCA programs have propelled generations of students to success, each finding it in their own way. The Boyer College of Music and Dance and the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts have achieved so much within the boundaries of their current buildings, but they are at the point of strain. This building project will provide spaces for classes to grow, new techniques and technologies to be taught and innovative collaborations to take shape. There is so much promise for the future of the united Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, and this is the first of many steps in imagining how that future might take shape. As with so much that happens at CPCA, the incredible generosity of our alumni and friends will propel this project forward. To find out how you can contribute to this project, please visit The possibilities are thrilling. Stay tuned.•

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fresh Arts careers are changing, year-by-year and day-by-day, and vital innovations keep students ready for what’s next. Faculty across the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts are constantly updating their teaching to find the best ways to teach students. They are also taking a longer view, and developing novel programs to take advantage of new resources and to prepare students for an ever-changing landscape of opportunities.


Influence of Technology Changes in technology have brought creative tools to our fingertips, transforming how we generate and consume artistic content. While this democratization of the creative process has both positive and negative aspects, technological advances are also creating a wellspring of new approaches to teaching and artistic creation. Yamaha’s Disklavier technology is transforming Professor Sara Buechner’s piano studio. An extremely advanced update to the “player piano” of the 1920s, the Disklavier provides the ability to accurately record the tone and touch of a pianist to a remarkable degree, including sensitive touch and pedal shading, and allows recordings to be played back in different tempi or keys. “With the Yamaha Disklavier piano in my Rock Hall studio, I can invite my Temple students to listen back to what they have played for me, just minutes or hours or a week or year before—with great accuracy,” says Buechner. “Rather than just rely on my own advice about changing some method of playing, or sound of some passage, the students can hear for themselves exactly the result of what they have done. In essence, the Disklavier invites them to step outside their own body to objectively evaluate their own work.” Taking the technology a step further with an internet connection and live video feed, Buechner can simultaneously demonstrate techniques to students in her Temple studio and to students with a Disklavier in another city anywhere in the world, with nearly duplicate quality. This also provides the capability to listen to auditions, recitals or juries in real time while on the road, but performance opportunities are equally exciting.


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Aaron Jackson, a 2017 graduate of the mediaXarts program, prepares his piece for the exhibition accompanying the 2017 Diamond Screen Film and Media Arts Festival.

Buechner is making plans to livestream and live-play the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas from Kyoto, Japan in September 2018, with the performance simultaneously reproduced in numerous cities, including Rock Hall in Philadelphia. As technology continues to shape teaching, students can earn an entire master’s degree without setting foot in a classroom as the Master’s of Music in Music Education degree becomes available in a fully online format this year. The online program offers the same level of academic rigor and rich content as the traditional face-to-face format, and is taught by some of the same faculty. Most courses combine synchronous content, such as large video conferencing forums and smaller breakout sessions, with asynchronous learning, which allows students to work independently at their own speed within the overall course calendar. This provides maximum flexibility for students who are looking to study towards a degree while working professionally. “With the addition of the online program, we aim to have a greater reach throughout the country and abroad,” said Deborah Sheldon, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Music Education. “The online program captures the strength, immediacy, and resources of digital-based learning. It helps open our campus to those who might not otherwise be able to be a part of the Temple University community of scholars and musicians. It provides a robust, affordable, and viable option for those who want to pursue an advanced degree but who might also be challenged by travel and time constraints. It also helps the faculty to interact with a wider range of learners and educators.” New degrees have also emerged with technology at their core. The Master of Arts in MediaXarts, a one-year master’s program launched in 2015, focuses on cinema for new technologies and environments. The program allows media artists to collaborate across various fields, bridging analog and digital forms. Students explore collaborations through coursework that includes digital storytelling, 2D and 3D animation and game design, interactive design, video art, installation and projection design. Program co-director Professor Roderick Coover noted, “The MA in mediaXarts offers a bridge between the arts and other careers, and students in the program advance creative skills that may be used in arts production, producing, community arts and other creative industries.” A Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree was launched in Fall 2016 and a Master of Science in Music Technology degree is anticipated for Fall 2018. The BS in Music Technology combines musical skill and technical knowledge in a broad range of courses in music and recording technology, computer science, mathematics, music performance, music studies and general education. The program is highly competitive among music technology programs in the country and has already attracted an extensive pool of highly qualified applicants in its first year. Both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music technology meet a growing educational need as technology has become a major part of every aspect of the music inspire Magazine / Fall 2017


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Student Ramsey Reyes adjusts the settings on the Disklavier control unit in Professor Sara Buechner’s studio. The control unit mount beneath the keyboard and provides recording, playback and other functions.

industry. Like the mediaXarts degree, these degrees are charting new territory for the field by combining the highest level of artistry with technological components, advancing both aspects concurrently.


Changing fields, changing needs To provide the best possible education for students, the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts constantly assesses internal strengths and changes to arts fields, and adapts to respond to changes. To take advantage of their commonalities and to function more collaboratively, the Department of Voice and Opera and the Department of Choral Activities merged over the last year to form a single Department of Vocal Arts. Similar to the realignment that brought together the Departments of Music History, Music Theory and Composition to form the Department of Music Studies several years ago, this convergence of choral and vocal studies into a single department provides increased and formalized interaction among the faculty in these programs. This in turn yields a broader understanding of student needs, and greater opportunities to explore potential synergies and advancements to the curriculum.

“Many of the wonderful ideas I’ve heard over the past year are collaborative opportunities in performance and curriculum that clearly involve both areas,” said Professor Paul Rardin, Chair of Vocal Arts. “We’ve already scheduled performances and symposia that are highly collaborative in nature, and I can’t wait to see what else my colleagues can dream up for our students.” Many students are looking beyond the classroom for opportunities expand their experiences and prepare for the job and gig market. A number of projects been developed in the CPCA to provide students with professional development support, including speaker series, workshops and a new certificate program. Both the dance and music studies departments have developed colloquia that invite students to presentations and discussions of current research and developments in their fields. The Music Studies Colloquium is a regular


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Students in the mediaXarts program like Ted Foglietta, TFM ’17, study digital storytelling, animation and game design, interactive design, video art, installation and projection design.

forum that brings students in contact with guest scholars and faculty presenting lectures relating to composition practice, pedagogy, historical research and theoretical analysis. Graduate students also present sessions, giving them a chance to hone presentation skills and to discuss their work in an open setting with faculty and student colleagues. The Dance Studies Colloquium, now in its fourth year under the leadership of Professor Mark Franko, brings international scholars to campus twice monthly throughout the year to present their research. The colloquium places a strong emphasis on interactivity and creating dialogue around research topics. Livestreaming sessions over the internet allows the sessions to reach a broader audience and allows remote viewers to contribute to the discussion by asking questions and sharing thoughts. Both the Music Studies and Dance Studies Colloquia are free and open to the public with the schedules published on the Boyer website. Live and archived dance sessions are available via the website as well. While some CPCA students will go on to what are considered to be traditional jobs after graduation, many will piece together a professional experience made up of a series of short term projects and freelance jobs. Last year, to better prepare students for this, Professor LeAnn Erickson organized a series of four professional development workshops with a focus on preparing students for the gig economy titled “The Artist as Entrepreneur.” Each workshop brought a series of expert panelists to discuss a specific topic. Session themes included freelancing basics; how to create a resume and online portfolio to brand yourself as an artist; tips for working as an independent contractor; and how to find funding, fellowships, residencies, distributors and agents. This has been a valuable experience for the students who have attended the sessions and additional workshops will be planned. For those students willing to make a larger commitment to career preparation, a certificate in professional development will soon be another option. The certificate program will allow students to enroll in a set of four

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Boyer College Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP) members Arnab Nandi, KLN ’17, and Bella Bubash, BYR ’17, perform in the Presser Atrium. Founded by Music Technology Professor Adam Vidiksis, BEEP explores new musical paths and new technologies.

Students Paige Smallwood, TFM ’17, and Emily Fry, TFM ’17, assist each other in the dressing room prior to the Fall 2016 production of Hairspray. Temple’s Musical Theater program has expanded tremendously at the impetus of the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theater.

specific courses and obtain a note on their transcript acknowledging completion. The coursework will include 12–14 credits relating to navigating the freelance world, the business of arts careers, arts enterprise and an internship or field experience. This program, which we hope to launch for the Spring 2018 semester, will offer any arts student a significant boost to their career preparation.

degree targets actors, musicians, directors, designers and playwrights who want an intensive year of study to better prepare them for a career in the musical theater industry or for entry into a terminal degree program. The MFA in Musical Theater Collaboration is a terminal degree training new composers, lyricists, book writers, directors and choreographers to function at the highest level in a fast-paced and multi-dimensional profession. The program will accept a small cohort of students for an extensive collaborative experience with faculty and students. Each of these programs, along with an increased number of musical theater productions each year and master classes and lectures from guest artists including Barbara Cook, Hugh Panaro, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Jonathan Groff and others, provide a broad array of musical theater experiences that were not previously available at Temple University. Mrs. Abbott’s gift initiated a tremendous expansion to the degree offerings in musical theater, and there is much more yet to come. Artists need to adapt, and so does arts education. Sometimes opportunities for growth arise, presenting openings for new possibilities. Sometimes fields change and new areas of study are created. Sometimes changes in technology allow novel ways of teaching. The Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts is intensely committed to preparing students for careers in the arts, now and into the future.•


Growth opportunities Growth of programs and philanthropic gifts allow the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts to expand in ways that provide meaningful experiences for our students and create new pathways to success. In Fall 2016, growing enrollment in Boyer College allowed for the creation of the Temple University Concert Orchestra, a second orchestra running alongside the longstanding Temple University Symphony Orchestra. This creates additional opportunities for students to perform and helps students to experience a wider range of repertoire. The most notable example of program growth has come through the generosity of alumna Joy Abbott, EDU ’52. Her historic bequest of the rights and royalties of the work for her late husband, Broadway legend George Abbott, provided for the creation of the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theater and has already transformed the teaching of Musical Theater at Temple University. In addition to a concentration in Musical Theater, a BFA in Musical Theater and an MA in Musical Theater Studies were both added in 2016, and an MFA in Musical Theater Collaboration is in the works. The BFA in Musical Theater emphasizes rigorous training in acting, singing and dancing, building well-rounded “triple-threat” artists with the knowledge and skills required for success in the theater profession. Students in the program benefit from the strong programs in the Boyer College of Music and Dance and the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts and the thriving musical theater community in Philadelphia. The MA in Musical Theater Studies is an intensive one-year, 30 credit program. The coursework-focused

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Dr. Patricia Cornett (Interim Associate Director of Bands) conducts the Temple University Wind Symphony and teaches courses in conducting. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, she was Director of Bands at Cal State Fullerton where she conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds and taught courses in conducting and music education. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Cornett is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, and has presented sessions at national CBDNA conferences, as well as numerous state conferences. She is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. Dr. Lindsay Goss (Assistant Professor, Theater Studies) is a theater historian, performance theorist, and theater artist whose research interests include theories of theatricality and violence, activism and affect, and the place of cultural production in political movements. With a focus on the political and performance practices from the 1960s to the present primarily in the United States, Europe and Iran, her work explores how popular and state-driven discourses of authenticity, legitimacy and identity rely upon historical anxieties about the actor and theatricality. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, and Af￰erimage, and a report on L’Amicale de Production’s Germinal is forthcoming in TDR/The Drama Review. As a director, actor and teaching artist, she has worked with companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island. Since 2013, she has been collaborating with Nick Ridout (Queen Mary University of London) in the development of new work for the stage. She has previously taught at the City College of New York and New York University Abu Dhabi. Goss holds degrees from Brown University and Macalester College. Dr. Steven Gross (Associate Professor, Musical Theater) has worked on Broadway and the West End as a music director, conductor, pianist, sub and vacation conductor on such shows as Phantom Of The Opera, The Life, Urinetown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chicago, Miss Saigon, The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever and Dreamgirls, and on the New York City Opera productions of A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Most Happy Fella and Candide. He has worked Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and the Algonquin Theater, is a Lortel Award nominee for Best Musical for his adaption 24

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of The Pirates of Penzance at the South Street Seaport, and is a Barrymore nominee for his work at the Prince Music Theater. Gross’ regional theater work includes music direction in St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, Philadelphia and Chicago. He has conducted the European premieres of The Life, Urinetown, Falsettos, Beehive, Forever Plaid, Closer Than Ever, Flora the Red Menace and other works. He also works extensively as a classical conductor and has appeared with many national and international opera companies, symphony orchestras and festivals including the Hamburg and Berlin State Opera Houses, Opera Factory London, The Zurich Opera, The Opéra Comique in Paris, The Tel-Aviv Opera and the Macau Festival. Gross has collaborated on new musicals with Award-winning composers including Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, Cy Coleman, David Friedman and Mark Hollmann. He also works as an orchestrator and arranger for many symphony orchestras, television, radio, video and on-line stations. He is the Founder & CEO of, an 11,000 song (and counting) on-line resource dedicated to musical theater repertoire. Gross holds degrees from Yale University and Northwestern University, and is a Fulbright and Rotary Scholar. Dr. Kathryn Leemhuis (Assistant Professor, Voice and Opera), mezzo-soprano, has performed with international opera companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, Fort Worth Opera, Florentine Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Annapolis Opera. Her most notable roles include Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Dido in Pucell’s Dido and Aeneas, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring. Leemhuis has performed at the Ravinia Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival, the Boise Philharmonic, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival. She performed with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in both Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis and Mass in the Time of War, with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in Händel’s Messiah, and with Gloriae Dei Cantores in Mozart’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress. Leemhuis has won several prizes, most notably with the Shreveport Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Opera at Florham, the Bel Canto Competition, the Heida Hermanns Competition, the National Opera Association, Opera Birmingham, Florida Grand Opera, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Fort Worth McCammon Foundation,

the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation and the Giulio Gari Foundation. She was a National Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds degrees from Oberlin College, Indiana University and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Professor Jason Norris (Assistant Professor, Theater) has designed lighting and video projections for shows and events across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Norris most recently designed lighting for Grammy Award winning recording artist TobyMac and has worked with some of the largest names in contemporary Christian music including Mandisa, Casting Crowns, Mac Powell and Hillsong United. Norris’ career in concert touring led to designing lighting and video projections for the Houses of Worship market. He was the lead lighting designer for an event lighting company in New York City where he designed lighting for events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Grand Central Station, and the Chrysler Building. Norris holds degrees from Midwestern State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Will Schmenner (Assistant Professor, Film and Media Arts) was the Film and Video Curator at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University. There, he programmed hundreds of film series and art events, with filmmakers and artists including Michel Gondry, Anna Biller and Douglas Gordon, while working closely with student programmers and filmmakers. He has given talks at numerous institutions, including the University of Southern California, the University of Pittsburgh, and The Frick Collection, where he spoke about the assassination attempt on Henry Clay Frick, American anarchistic terrorism, and its relation to the Buster Keaton film The Navigator (1924). Schmenner received his doctorate from the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a number of fellowships and awards, including the Andy Binns Award for his service to the University. His dissertation, “How to Hit the Ground: Motion and Measurement in Moving Pictures before the Great Crash,” brings art historical methodologies to the analysis of mass culture and 20th-century history. Schmenner also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Professor Margaret (Peggy) Tileston (Assistant Professor, Music Therapy) has been teaching at the Boyer College of Music and Dance as an adjunct instructor since 2013. Tileston’s areas of research include the integration of music therapy with other therapies, trauma-informed music therapy, compassion in music therapy and music therapy and families. She has presented numerous workshops and classes at Jefferson University, Center for Meditation Science in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Laughter Yoga at Drexel University and The Yoga of Sound at the Center for Meditation Science in Litchfield, Connecticut, to name a few. Tileston has also presented workshops and classes in Greece and Germany on the topics of healing through a creative process and learning styles of school-age children. Her clinical experience includes private practice, wellness and music therapy groups for a women’s recovery house and as a music therapy supervisor at a psychiatric clinic. Tileston is a certified yoga instructor, meditation specialist, psychodrama assistant, NLP practitioner and HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitator. She has published on the topics of sexual violence, eating disorders in adults and adolescents and the transformative effects of laughter. She holds degrees from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Loyola University in New Orleans. Dr. Adam Vidiksis (Assistant Professor, Music Studies) is a composer, conductor, percussionist, and technologist whose interests span from historically informed performance to the cutting edge of digital audio processing. Ensembles that have performed his work include the “Black Sea Symphony” in Constanta, Romania, the Omaha Symphony, the Momenta Quartet, and the Zephyrus Duo. His commissions include Network for New Music, International Composers and Interactive Artists, and the Electro-Acoustic Piano project. His compositions have been heard at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States and College Music Society National Conferences, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, the Licino Refice Conservatorio di Musica in Frosinone, Italy and others. He is the ACF Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for its 2017-2018 season. Vidiksis’s research in music technology focuses on techniques for real-time audio processing, designing gestural controllers for live digital performance, and machine improvisation. He has presented his research at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the McNally Smith College of Music. He holds degrees from Drew University, New York University, and Temple University, culminating in a doctoral degree in music composition. • inspire Magazine / Fall 2017


Violin performance major Samuel Nebyu completed his undergraduate degree this past spring and is currently pursing graduate work at Boyer as a student of Laura C. Carnell Professor of Violin and Artistic Director of Strings, Dr. Eduard Schmieder. Studying and performing has taken him across the globe, and his talent, dedication and passion shine through on his recently released debut CD. Samuel was born in Hungary and spent most of his early childhood in Asia. He began studying the violin at the age of six and at fifteen he was admitted to the young talented section at Brussels Royal Conservatory, where he studied with Igor Oistrakh. He was violinist-in-residence for several years at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Samuel is the Grand prize winner of the 2015 National ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Solo Competition, the “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition (Romania, 2013), the Flame International Violin Competition (Paris, 2008), and a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions (CA, 2014). Samuel was a featured soloist with iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra at the new Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills during iPalpiti Festival 2016. In August 2016 he became a Prizewinner of the annual Mozarteum Saltzburg Festpiel competition—only one from 291 violinists among 1017 Mozarteum participants, a total of eight prizewinners were selected. He has performed at prestigious music festivals around the world, including the Eilat Music Festival (Israel), the Mozarteum Festival (Salzburg), the Ravello Festival (Italy), and the Summit Music Festival (New York). In addition, he has performed with orchestras such as the Bacau Philharmonic and the Valcea Symphony (Romania) and the Brussels Philharmonic. Samuel has given recitals and performed as a soloist in venues such as the Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Young Hong concert hall in Ghangzhou, China and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In May 2016 he was awarded the Clifton Emerging Artist Award in Philadelphia and was featured in a concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In November 2016, Samuel was a featured artist at WQXR-FM in New York with Young Artists Showcase. Since studying with Professor Schmieder, Samuel was inspired to research African classical composers, which led to the recording of his premiere CD on Boyer’s label, BCM&D Records: Samuel Nebyu Plays Music by Composers of African Descent, now available on iTunes and all major digital distributors. “The recording project was a very meaningful experience,” said Samuel. “It gave me the opportunity to reveal unknown composers and their music to new audiences. This was also a meaningful accomplishment for me as a musician.” The CD includes works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Henry Thacker Burleigh and Clarence Cameron White.•


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“Musiru Dala Dala,” loosely translated as “Stupid Through and Through,” are the words that peers used to belittle Adong Judith, TFM ’15 when she chose to follow her passion for theater and the arts during her undergraduate degree in Uganda. Fast forward to today and these same people are among Adong’s most fervent admirers. Rightfully so. Adong’s professional accomplishments are many. She was the only African writer among 10 international writers to attend London’s Royal Court Theatre playwrights’


Always give back when you can, no matter how small. It all comes back to you in ways that will blow your mind. residency. She is an alumna of the acclaimed Sundance Institute Theater Program Lab. Her controversial play, Just Me, You and the Silence, about LGBTQ rights in Uganda, won the respect of her community at home and abroad, most notably showing at London’s Old Vic Theatre. While completing research for a graduate degree in Uganda, she began to speak out on behalf of victims of Northern Uganda war crimes by highlighting horrors committed by both the Ugandan government troops and the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group. As her research and advocacy continued to grow, she knew she wasn’t in the right place to strengthen her platform and spread her message. Thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship, Adong moved to the United States and enrolled at Temple. “I can proudly say I couldn’t have gone to a better university to support the work I do,” Adong explains. “Temple gave me what I always dreamed of.” The research she began in Uganda turned into Silent Voices, one of the most successful plays in the country’s recent history and also the namesake for Adong’s advocacy project. Since Silent Voices, Adong has put up seven

major productions tackling a range of social issues from the rights of women to the rights of the LGBTQ community. Three of these plays were threatened to be shut down by Ugandan government authorities. None were. Looking to the future, Adong plans to continue to expand her Ugandan Theater Production Apprentice Program to include film and to develop its reach across the African continent. “My biggest obstacle in life has been being born in a country that doesn’t value the arts, most especially the performing arts,” Adong shares as she compares her upbringing to her experience living in America. To today’s students and young alumni, Adong says, “Stick to your vision and what your heart yearns for. There will be many rejections but sooner or later you will meet the right collaborators who see or share your vision and the wait will be worth it.” To those who have achieved success, she shares, “Always give back when you can, no matter how small. It all comes back to you in ways that will blow your mind.” This year, Adong was selected to be a TEDGlobal Fellow. See her TEDTalk at• inspire Magazine / Fall 2017




Jacqueline Faulcon, BYR ’56 was honored for forty-two years of service as a teacher at the Music School of Delaware with a Special Distinction in Piano and Voice and now serves as the President of the Delaware Retired School Personnel Association. She was the first Boyer College Alumni Association President and still serves on the board today. Frances Steiner, BYR ’56 will conduct her 35th season as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay. The fully professional orchestra presents a five concert season with internationally renowned soloists in the Norris Theater in Palos Verdes, California.


Selma Goldberg Savitz, BYR ’58, EDU ’77 celebrated 25 years as director/pianist of the New Horizons Glee Club, a Narberth, PA ensemble that entertains frequently in senior communities. Under her direction, the Glee Club won the Governor’s Silver and Gold Award for Service to Older Pennsylvanians, received numerous Citations from local and state legislators, and an Outstanding Service award from the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Ronald Cox, BYR ’69, BYR ’74 has two orchestral compositions included in the Fleisher collection at the Philadelphia Public Library: American Folk Trilogy and Symphony No. 1 String Symphony.


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Mary Woodmansee Green, BYR ’70 lead the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra for 13 years. She currently conducts the Armstrong University Youth Orchestra and The Mary Green Chorale (men’s, women’s and mixed) in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.


Louis Anthony deLise, BYR ’74, BYR ’02, BYR ’09 recently composed Red Lotus, which premiered in June 2016 at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis and Dreamstates which premiered March 2017 by the Philadelphia Flute Quartet. He has released numerous records with Philly Nouveau Records, composed the soundtrack of the documentary Camden Love/Hate and was recently named to the City of Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force. He is currently a Voting Member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy® (NARAS) and has published a book titled The Contemporary Minstrel, which is available on Amazon.


Christina Lynn-Craig, BYR ’85 teaches students of all ages and abilities in her private studio, and conducts ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir. The American Music Research Center Journal published her article Songs My Father Taught Me: An Overview of Song Cycles Composed by George Lynn which is available online.


Ron Brendel, BYR ’87, BYR ’01 has been on faculty as a Professor of Voice at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee for 13 years. He has sung regionally in opera, oratorio and recitals and presented numerous academic papers on the music of Benjamin Britten at conferences in the USA, New Zealand and England.


Pat Setzer, BYR ’91 was recently named Vice President of Instruction at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California.


Barbara Di Toro, BYR ’92, BYR ’94, EDU ’10 is a soprano soloist and has performed works of Obradors, Schubert and Strauss with pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo at the Piano on the Rocks International Festival in Sedona, Arizona. She serves as the Associate Director of Temple Music Prep.


Daniel A. Abrahams, BYR ’93 has been selected as Assistant Conductor of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor of the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Winds and Percussion for the 2017–18 season. He will also coordinate the orchestra’s Link Up program, a music education partnership with Carnegie Hall. Abrahams is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education in the Department of Music in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. He has been a featured presenter at state, national and

international conferences, and has contributed chapters in books published by Oxford University Press, Rowman and Littlefield and GIA.


Michael Kuetemeyer, TFM ’94 was selected as a 2017 Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage Fellow, along with Anula Shetty, TFM ’97, for their work combining new media storytelling and immersive documentary forms with socially engaged art-making practices to explore themes, of place, cultural identity, memory and hidden histories.


Jennifer K. Drees, BYR ’95, BYR ’17 maintains a music therapy private practice and was recently hired as the full-time youth minister at Church of the Incarnation in Mantua, New Jersey.


Anula Shetty, TFM ’97 was selected as a 2017 Pew Center for the Arts & Heritage Fellow, along with Michael Kuetemeyer, TFM ’94, for their work combining new media storytelling and immersive documentary forms with socially engaged art-making practices to explore themes of place, cultural identity, memory and hidden histories.


Vanessa Habershaw, BYR ’98 was recently elected for the 2017-2019 term as director-atlarge for the Temple University Alumni Association. She has performed in the pit orchestra on viola for the Upper Darby Summer Program production and Philadelphia premiere of the

musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She has also written articles and lesson plans that will be published in the Opera Philadelphia curriculum guide for the premiere of the company’s performance of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved, shown in Philadelphia, New York and London.


Melinda (Barish) Walker, BYR ’99 recently received the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Citation of Excellence. The award is given to an educator for a lasting contribution to music education. Additionally, she received the 2017 American Choral Directors Association Eileen Hower Memorial Award. This award is given to a Pennsylvania choral music educator who has a proven record of commitment to developing voices, particularly at the middle school level; maintains high artistic standards; is actively involved in professional leadership; models a passionate, positive, energetic, and joyful approach to their work.


Gregory Schell, TFM ’02 has relocated to Seattle to accept the position of Ticket Operations Manager for Seattle Opera. His responsibilities include programming and updating Tessitura software, as well as integrating web sales and promotions.


Andrew P. Bidlack, BYR ’03, returns to the Met to reprise the role of Beppe in Pagliacci under the baton of maestro Nicola Luisotti.


Sally Story, TFM ‘04 is an assistant professor with the Theatre Department at Midwestern State University. Recent directorial credits include Constellations; Other Desert Cities; Big Fish; Becky Shaw; Perfect Arrangement; The Art of Bad Men; Les Misérables; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; and Urinetown: The Musical.


Evan J. Hoffman, BYR ’05, ’14, has joined Chicago’s Loyola Academy and the West Park Academy of Fine Arts & Technology as a dance teacher.



Jeff Torchon, BYR ’11, BYR ’16 is currently in his 7th year of teaching middle and high school music at the Germantown Friends School. In addition, he leads a Cuban band, Conjunto Philadelphia. This group, founded in 2010, pays homage to traditional Cuban music from the 1920s–1940s. Leonard Luvera, TFM ’11 was recently promoted to Production Manager at the Pig Iron Theater Company in Philadelphia. He also is a part-time Company Manager at the Kimmel Center and serves as the President of the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts Alumni Association.

Abigail L. Zbikowski, BYR ’06 was presented with the 2017 Juried Bessie Award. She was recognized for her rigorous and utterly unique development of an authentic movement vocabulary employed in complex and demanding structures to create dances of great energy, intensity, surprise and danger.




Sean Thompson, TFM ’09 recently made his Broadway debut opposite Glenn Close as the understudy to the male lead in the revival of Sunset Boulevard. Next, he will be on tour playing Raoul in the American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the follow-up to The Phantom of the Opera.

Kandis Hutcherson, TFM ’14, is making her mark at DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles, California as a production coordinator where next project is expected to be the movie Trolls 2. Kandis also maintains her own script writing and documentary film pursuits.

Tony Manfredonia, BYR ’16 was commissioned by The Mackinac Arts Council to compose a concert band piece. Additionally, New York City-based OperaRox Productions has commissioned him to compose an opera for the 2017/2018 season. In December 2016, his piece for solo oboe was featured on RMN Music’s Architectures.

past year, she worked on Queen’s We Will Rock You world tour and will be working at the Wilma Theater this year. Joel Chroscinski, TFM ‘16 is now entering his second year in candidacy for an MFA at the University of Virginia. Since graduating he has appeared in Shipwrecked at UVA, and Middletown and Company with Heritage Theatre Festival. This Fall, he will perform in We Are Pussy Riot (UVA). Adam Mandala, TFM ‘16 completed a year with Royal Caribbean International in April where he was an ensemble dancer in Grease the Musical. He is currently in the cast of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Kathryn Brunner, TFM ‘16 worked on a Norwegian ship as a lead vocalist, traveling around the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. She also had the opportunity to work with Peter Reynolds and numerous Broadway actors at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater’s summer season, playing Laurey in Oklahoma! and Sophie in Mamma Mia!•

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Samantha Dugan, TFM ’16 started working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Technical Stage Staff one week after graduation. This

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Your Temple story didn’t end on graduation day. As an alumnus, you are part of Temple’s Alumni Association, a vast network of accomplished, diverse professionals all over the world. The association, and its programs and events, are spearheaded by volunteer boards who aim to foster lifelong global engagement with alumni like you.

Boyer College of Music and Dance Alumni Association Board President Kathleen Flaherty, BYR ’79 Vice President Dugan Morgridge, BYR ’08 Treasurer Elizabeth Voss Hohwieler, BYR ’77, ’80 Secretary Matthew Schillizzi, BYR ’13 Past President Barbara Di Toro, BYR ’92, ’94

Gallery of Success

Members Christina Bates Blankenship, BYR ’06, Estelle Lotman Benson, BYR ’52, Benjamin Blazer, BYR ’99, ’05, Jack Carr, BYR ’70, ’74, John R. Custis, III, BYR ’68, ’72, Fred Eyrich, BYR ’87, Jacqueline B. Faulcon, BYR ’56,


Brad Ford, BYR ’02, Sonya C. Garfinkle, BYR ’48, Regina K. Gordon, BYR ’69, Vanesssa Habershaw, BYR ’98, Dolly L. Kuykendall, BYR ’52, Francine G. Levin, BYR ’69, ’76, Matt Lista, BYR ’13, Lois Mauro, BYR ’65, ’71, Claire S. McKinley, BYR ’57, Dorina Morrow, BYR ’75, William Scheible, BYR ’80, ’83, Doris Schmauk, BYR ’57, Jeff Torchon, BYR ’11, ’16, Janet Yamron, BYR ’54, Julia Zavadsky, BYR ’00 Emeritus Jeffrey Cornelius, BYR ’72, A. Erna McKevitt, BYR ’41

Each year, as a part of Homecoming Weekend, Temple University’s Gallery of Success Awards honor alumni who have made significant achievements in their profession for which they were prepared at Temple. Honorees are distinguished in their careers and serve as an inspiration to the student body. The 2017 recipients representing the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts are William �ichards, BYR ’77, and John P. Connolly, TFM ’79.

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School of Theater, Film and Media Arts Alumni Association Board Treasurer Lauren Hallenbeck, TFM ’09 Members LaMar Bagley, Ed.D., TFM ’01, Nancy Boykin, Former TFMA Faculty, Michael Kuetemeyer, TFM ’94, Taylor Ressler, TFM ’15, Derrick Williams, TFM ’98 If you are interested in becoming involved with the alumni board from your school/college, email Alumni from all majors and graduation years are welcome.•

William Richards is currently Principal Percussion and solo percussionist with The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own), Washington, D.C., as well as first call percussion substitute with Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. With The United States Army Band, he has made several recordings, including Bounce by Steven Sondheim with Kennedy Center Show Orchestra; Africans in America CD and DVD produced through WGBH, Boston; and a re-recording of music by Virgil Thompson with The Post Classical Ensemble for the documentaries The �iver and The Plow that Broke the Plains. Bill teaches private percussion lessons, a percussion methods course for music education majors and directs the Howard University Percussion Ensemble. He was

Faculty In Memoriam Matthew J. Colucci (1928-2017) Professor of Music Theory, Emeritus Roberta Knie (1938–2017) Adjunct Instructor of Voice Gail B. Poch (1936–2016) Professor of Music, Emeritus

Helen Kwalwasser (1927–2017) Professor of Violin, Emeritus


ith great sadness, we mourn the loss of Helen Kwalwasser, Professor of Violin at the Boyer College for nearly 50 years and a venerated soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Kwalwasser passed away on May 22, 2017, at age 89, at her home. Ms. Kwalwasser studied with noted pedagogues Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School. She made her Town Hall debut in 1947 and performed throughout the Philadelphia and New York region for decades. She was concertmistress of the Pennsylvania Ballet orchestra, played with the Bethlehem Bach Festival and the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico, performed with the New York Chamber soloists and toured with Temple University colleagues in the Temple Trio. A passionate pedagogue, Ms. Kwalwasser received the Temple University Faculty Award for Creative Achievement in 1985, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997 and the Temple University Great Teacher Award in 2008. She was married to the longtime chair of Boyer’s Keyboard department, Harvey Wedeen, for 57 years until his death in 2015. Together the pair had a tremendous role in shaping the College over many years. A memorial honoring Ms. Kwalwasser, featuring performances by her former students, is planned for Sunday, October 22 at 5:00 p.m. in Rock Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow the memorial.•

formerly a part-time lecturer at Shenandoah Conservatory and a full time substitute at University of Maryland, College Park. Bill earned his Bachelor of Music Education at Temple University, and a Master of Music from Catholic University of America. John P. Connolly has enjoyed a successful 40-year career as a professional actor on stage, screen, radio and recordings and has distinguished himself as a trade union leader in the arts, entertainment & media industry. For 20 years Connolly served as Trustee to the multi-billion dollar Pension & Health Funds of AFTRA and Actors’ Equity. In 2011, Connolly was awarded the AFTRA George Heller Memorial Gold Card, the union’s highest honor.

Paul P. Sylbert (1928–2016) Adjunct Instructor of Film and Media Arts Edwin E. Gordon (1927–2015) Professor of Music Education, Emeritus Dugald Macarthur (1929–2015) Professor of Theater, Emeritus George A. McKinley (1923–2015) Professor of Voice, Emeritus Harvey D. Wedeen (1927–2015) Professor of Piano, Emeritus

Connolly’s leadership set the stage for the historic 2012 merger of the world’s two largest and most powerful performers’ unions to create SAG/AFTRA, representing more than 165,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists. Beginning in university theater performing as Hamlet in 1971, John went on to appear in leading roles in approximately 200 stage productions from Broadway to L.A. and many wonderful places in between. He has portrayed a wide array of characters from The Lion in the Wizard of Oz, to Matt Kelley in The West Wing, to Winston Churchill in Only a Kingdom, the musical tracing the often bizarre abdication love story of Britain’s King Edward VI. John attended LaSalle University and earned his MFA in Theater from Temple University. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, and a guest lecturer and board member for the Los Angeles Study Away program.•

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One of the impressive and inspiring parts of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts is the people— students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, supporters. They truly make the CPCA. Steven Kreinberg is one of those people. He is a Temple alumnus, has been on the Music History faculty at Boyer since 1984,

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has held various roles as a collegiate music administrator, and is currently Vice Dean for the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. He’s an accomplished academic who has received the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education, the Boyer College Distinguished Teacher Award and the Westminster Choir College Alumni Merit Award. Dr. Kreinberg is known and loved by countless alumni who have experienced his passion for teaching first hand in the classroom, and by faculty and staff who have had the pleasure to work alongside him. We asked him a few questions to get a sense of what makes him tick, and he reflected on his operatic ambitions, Leonardo da Vinci and finding a desert oasis. What is your idea of perfect happiness? A sunny, warm day on a beautiful beach. What is your greatest fear? Not living life to its fullest. What talent would you most like to have? A spectacular voice so I could sing at the Met! If you were to die and come back a person or thing, what would it be? Leonardo da Vinci. I believe it is a virtue to be a well-rounded person, so I strive for this quality every day. What is your greatest achievement? Helping to build, over the last 35 years, the Boyer College of Music and Dance into the current state that it is in. It is a magnificent school. Where would you most like to live? In the desert southwest. What is your greatest regret? Not having acted in a play (but stay tuned!!!). What is your motto? You can buy anything except brains. Where can we find you having lunch? Most often, at my desk. What is/was your favorite Temple moment? When I earned my doctorate. Who is/was your greatest mentor at Temple? Helen Laird, Jeffrey Cornelius and Janet Yamron. They each taught me an enormous amount about administration and people when I was beginning my career at Temple. Who is one Temple student you will never forget? There have been too many to mention. I have met some of the most fantastic, talented, bright and amazing students at Temple over the years–each one unique in her or his way.•


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HIGHLIGHTS ACDA Eastern Division Conference Temple Alumni Breakfast March 10, 7:00 a.m. $25 Omni William Penn Hotel Pittsburgh, PA Join Dean Robert Stroker and more of your favorite Boyer faculty at this special American Choral Directors Association Conference alumni breakfast gathering. This year marks 30 years of this tradition!

“Advancing and Evolving the Methods Used in Music Therapy” Conference Alumni Reception March 16, 5:30 p.m. The Underground, Howard Gittis Student Center

Los Angeles March 26 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Garry Marshall Theatre Burbank, CA Philadelphia April 2 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. The Drake Philadelphia, PA

May 18-20 See old friends and help us welcome the Class of 2018 to the Temple Alumni community. As always, the Arts will be highlighted in a variety of events. For more Temple alumni events, please visit For questions about these events, please email

Graduate Acting Showcases See this year’s talented MFA Candidates show their acting skills and mingle with other Temple alumni. FREE New York March 12 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Playwrights Horizons New York, NY

Temple University Alumni Weekend

CPCA Goes to the Theater: Noises Off April 3 6:00 p.m. (Reception) 8:00 p.m. (Production) $20-$50 Walnut Street Theater Philadelphia, PA Join Boyer, TFMA and other Temple alumni in seeing this hilarious slapstick farce starring John Connolly, TFM ’79. Pre-show reception location to be confirmed.

Global Days of Service April 23-29 FREE Join fellow Temple Owls around the world in one (or more!) of many different service project opportunities. No matter what cause you’re passionate about – the arts, hunger, the environment, health – there’s a project for you.

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