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2014-15 ANNUAL REPORT TABLE OF CONTENTS Dean’s Letter Part One: CPVA 2014-15 Highlights Part Two: Mission & Strategic Goals Part Three: CPVA Goals & Outcomes Part Four: Academic Programs • CPVA Enrollment • SCH Trends • Graduation Totals Part Five: Student Highlights Part Six: Faculty & Staff • Faculty & Staff Highlights • Faculty & Staff Listing

Front Cover: Fiddler on the Roof, February 2015. Photo: Karl Hugh

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The Dean’s Letter: 2014-15 was a “season of change” transitioning into new administrative leadership at Southern Utah University. The college is grateful for the institution’s continued support in keeping the arts central to the academic and cultural life of SUU and the community and is looking forward to doing our part in the call to go “Back up the Mountain.” As I collaborate with my colleagues in creating CPVA’s annual report, it helps put into perspective the major developments, new programs, and activities that make up an academic year. This report provides merely a sampling of highlights for 2014-15. A comprehensive account of all the activities and accomplishments would be an impossible task; one only needs to visit CPVA’s Press Room http://www.suu.edu/pva/press.html to understand the extensive listing of lectures performances, concerts, and exhibitions created and sponsored by the college. The selected highlights demonstrate initiatives and achievements made possible by the continued support of CPVA’s extraordinary faculty, staff, students and friends. Each year it is my honor to publicly thank CPVA’s faculty and staff for their commitment to our students and dedication to their art. As we conclude another outstanding year, I would be remise if I didn’t take an opportunity to thank our supporters and audience members. I have found myself overwhelmed by our community who weathered a blizzard to attend and fill the theatre for the final performance of Fiddler on the Roof. The energy in the theatre was infectious and a reminder of the important role our community plays in our performances and exhibitions and the power of their participation.

Shauna Mendini Dean, College of Performing and Visual Arts A special thanks to Michael French, CPVA’s Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, Clarisse Lunt, CPVA’s Administrative Assistant, and graphic design student Kaycee Chambers who assisted in the creation of this annual report.

Jacob Lee and mentor, Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel performing at Commencement 2015. Photo: Angela Barton Billings

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Part One: CPVA 2014-15 Highlights •

CPVA was at the center of activities at President Wyatt’s Inauguration presenting performances throughout the week-long event

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts that includes the Southern Utah Museum of Arts (SUMA), the new Shakespeare theatre (Englestad Theatre), studio theatre (Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre), and artistic and production facilities for the Utah Shakespeare Festival began its construction phase August 27th 2014. Big D Construction from Salt Lake City was selected as the general contractor for the center

The hybrid on-line Masters of Music Education was approved by the Board of Regents September 26, 2014 and was authorized by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It received “Plan Approval” by the Commission on Accreditation by NASM during their June 2015 meeting

An on-line Master of Music-Music Technology was approved by the Board of Trustees and will be an action item of the Board of Regent’s meeting during fall 2015

Assistant Prof. of Music, Dr. Kevin L. Baker was named the 2014 winner of the American Prize in Conducting in the college/university division

Dr. Kevin L. Baker leading the Concert Choir. Photo: courtesy of SUU Department of Music

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Assistant Prof. of Art, Deborah K, Snider was chosen as the Utah Art Education Association (UAEA) Higher Educator of the Year for the state of Utah. She also received the Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year

Assistant Prof. of Theatre Arts, Brian Swanson was named SUU’s Outstanding Educator, and Professor of Art History, Dr. Andrew Marvick was named Distinguished Educator at the 2015 commencement ceremony

The combined efforts of the Arts Administration students, Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, emcee Michael Bahr and auctioneer Joe Taylor saw the largest amount of funding ever raised at the 23rd Annual Art Auction

In October of 2014, CPVA students and faculty worked diligently to support the 38th Annual High School Shakespeare Competition hosted by USF and SUU that brings nearly 3,000 students to campus

In March of 2015, several Arts Administration graduate students (both MFA and MA) traveled to Washington, DC to learn from professional Arts Administrators at several institutions including the National Gallery, the National Air and Space Museum, the Kennedy Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Students were also able to attend the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium at American University, and the National Arts Advocacy Day conference hosted by Americans for the Arts. The week-long trip culminated in a day on Capitol Hill advocating for the arts and arts education at the federal level

A scene from SUU’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Melinda Phundstein Vaughn, was an “invited scene” at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival

SUU’s Wind Symphony performed at Provo High School and American Fork Junior High School

Dr. Adam Lambert conducting the SUU Wind Symphony. Photo: Angela Barton Billings

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The National Opera Association’s judging committee selected SUU’s production of Speed Dating Tonight, Directed by Professor Carol Ann Modesitt, for the 3rd Prize in Division 1

Through collaboration with SUU, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a Student Fellowship program engaged theatre students in internships with USF

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance commissioned the choreographic work, One by renowned choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen as part of the Committed Step: An Original Faculty Dance Concert

Spirit of the Forest was created by the Advanced Illustration class under the direction of Ron Spears and Ben Sowards. The class presented at Arts Insights, published a book of art and curated a show in the South Hall Gallery

Twenty-Four students and faculty traveled to the Greeley, Colorado, to participate in the American College Dance Festival

The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery featured art from some of the most respected artisans in the exhibition, 50 from 6: Contemporary Ceramic Art from Six Rocky Mountain States. It was a unique opportunity to view cuttingedge contemporary work curated by Susan Harris and Russell Wrankle.

Banner from 50 from 6, designed by SUU Graphic Design student Stephanie Hammer

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Part Two: Mission & Strategic Goals Mission Statement The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts serves as a catalyst for students to realize their creative potential by providing a personalized and rigorous learning environment, fostering experiential education and contributing to the cultural enrichment of a global society. Our Strategic Goals • • • • • •

Cultivate in all SUU students, an appreciation for the value of the performing and visual arts Promote positive learning environments for our students as they seek to develop a life-long commitment to the arts Offer curriculum that meets or exceeds national standards which includes experiential programming giving students opportunities to develop as artists, educators, scholars and arts leaders Create events to enrich the quality of life on the campus, in the community, and extending to the national and international arena Empower and support our faculty and staff as superior educators, mentors, artists, scholars and administrators who engage student learning as part of a collaborative, academic and artistic process Contribute to students’ development as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community.

Our mission and strategic goals are focused on making the arts a vital, visible, accessible, innovative, and integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of Southern Utah University and beyond.

Learning Outcomes The College of Performing and Visual Arts has four learning goals for all students in the college that build on the University’s mission and core themes. Students will: • • • •

Communicate effectively Develop curiosity, critical and creative thinking skills Embrace global awareness, personal responsibility, and artistic integrity Process the history, principles, training, skills and knowledge associated with performing and visual arts to facilitate success in their chosen field

Part Three: CPVA Goals, Objectives & Outcomes The College of Performing and Visual Arts remains instrumental in achieving multiple goals and objectives in support of SUU’s mission to provide experiential and personalized learning opportunities. The summary of key accomplishments is in direct response to CPVA’s mission to serve as a catalyst for students to realize their creative potential by providing a personalized and rigorous learning environment, fostering experiential education and contributing to the cultural enrichment of a global society. 7


Implement/Refine recruitment strategies for quality students With declining enrollments since 2012, CPVA undertook proactive measures to increase enrollment. Early numbers (Aug. 2015) shows an increase of over 10% in enrollment over the same time period in 2014. 

Efforts were made to enhance the yield of CPVA applicants by obtaining bi-monthly CPVA Prospective Student Reports from SUU’s Admissions Office. Each Chair was provided on-going contact information for prospective students for their area

Letters from the Dean were sent to all prospective students

CPVA partnered with SUU’s Executive Director of Admissions to enhance recruitment at the High School Shakespeare Competition

High School Honor Band, High School Jazz Festival and Honor Orchestra provided workshops and performances

A High School Studio Night for local high school art students was established

A High School Day of Dance was established for area high schools

CPVA faculty participated in recruitment fairs in SLC and Las Vegas. They traveled to the Springville Art Museum Portfolio Review Day, Las Vegas Academy to provide workshops. Dance faculty traveled to Arizona to recruit students

The dance program initiated a program-specific articulation agreement with Salt Lake Community College

The theatre program initiated an early BFA admission process for highly talented high school students

SUU Assistant Professor of Dance Denise Purvis (center) leads high school students in Day of Dance, event devised and organized by Dance Education student Shannon Marshall

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CPVA has continued its active record in establishing and sustaining international partnerships. Our college hosted numerous international artists/scholars, participated in international supervised study abroad programs and enhanced existing partnerships through faculty/student collaboration and exchange. The following is a summary of artistic/scholarly exchanges and events: •

SUU faculty members Deborah Snider and JungYun Sun visited Renmin University in May 2015 presenting lectures, exhibits and demonstrations

A five-year extension of the partnership between CPVA and Renmin University was established in May 2015

SUU hosted a Delegation from Xi’an, China. Members performed A Celebration of Chinese Music and Art, on Oct. 4, 2014. A highlight was visual artists Jinliang Yang (Chinese seal cutting) and Jianxin Zhang (landscape painting) who created a painting during the performance inspired by Cedar Breaks. The painting was donated to the College of Performing and Visual Arts.

Create events to enrich the quality of life on the campus, in the community, and extending to the national and international arena In addition to hosting the international artists outlined above, CPVA sponsored the following guest artists/performance group residencies: MUSIC •

Pance Zaev, a gifted artist on the clarinet and currently serving on the faculty of Nebraska Wesleyan University, originally from the Republic of Macedonia

Pianist Robert Nakea presented a solo performance. He is a two-time laureate of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and a first-place winner of the Joseph Fisch International Piano Competition

Flutist Catherine Winters, a three time soloist with the Utah Symphony, was featured in a concert

Pianist Timothy Hoft was featured in the concert of contemporary Ukrainian music

Tala Rasa Percussion performed contemporary percussion repertory

Guest artist Denis DiBlasio, a noted composer arranger and saxophonist, provided a concert alongside SUU’s Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Herb

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Denis DiBlasio, acclaimed saxophonist, performed with SUU Jazz Band

ART & DESIGN •

Art Insights featured a variety of gifted artists as speakers. The fall semester featured SUU alumnus Mitsuyo Miyazaki, Zion Artists in Residence Lyn Hart and Sarah Tabbert, SUU faculty member Jay Merryweather, along with artists Aurore Chabot, Valentine Lehnerd, Dan Christofferson, Chelsea Edwards, Chris Bodily, Annett Everett, and Dave Richardson

The spring semester of Art Insights showcased the Utah Art Education Association Conference Keynote Speaker, Michael Bell, faculty member JungYun Son, Dr. Gale Jackson, Eccles Visiting Scholar, and painter Greg Istock. In addition, Senior BFA students presented along with outstanding graduates from each area.

THEATRE ARTS & DANCE •

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance produced Dancing at Lughnasa directed by alumna and guest artist Melinda Pfundstein, A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Peter Sham, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by student Nathan Smith and mentored by Peter Sham, Fiddler on the Roof, Directed by Richard Bugg. A student choreographed dance concert Collected Objects, and a faculty/guest artist choreographed dance concert Committed Steps rounded out the season. 10


Set design for Dancing at Lughnasa designed by SUU Technical Theatre student Alana Pichot. Photo: Karl Hugh

Support Faculty and Staff Excellence and Development The primary goal of the Provost’s fund for faculty scholarly support is to promote faculty efforts to develop as teachers, scholars and artists. The following are projects/travel that received funding for CPVA in 2014-15: •

Deborah Snider and JungYun received partial travel funding to represent the Department of Art and Design with the faculty exchange program with the School of Art at Renmin University, Beijing. The faculty participated in an exhibition of their work and presented lectures, demonstrations and workshops

Susan Harris received project funding to present a solo exhibition of ceramic art as part of a six-person invitational collaboration call Palace Vessels in Newport, Rhode Island

Brian Hoover was granted a sabbatical in fall 2014 to prepare a solo exhibition at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon. Project funds were provided to produce 250, full-color catalogs to document the exhibition

Russell Wrankle received travel funding to attend a solo exhibition of his work consisting of seven sculptures at the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas in conjunction with the Lawrence Center Ceramic Symposium Biennial

Deborah Snider received travel funds to the National Art Education Association Convention in New Orleans, LA. She presented An Unsuspecting Arts Leader: Embracing Form and Function in Leadership

JungYun Son received funding to travel to Chicago, IL to a conference on Design Principles and Practice to present Color Communication in Varied Cultures

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Rheana Gardner received funding to travel to participate in two events. She attended the Society for Photographic Education Southwest Regional Conference in Salt Lake City, UT and was a Panel Discussant on the topic of Photography Programs/Portfolio Reviews. She also participated in the Society for Photography Education Southeast Regional Conference in Greenville, North Carolina and presented To Carve & to Carve

Brian Swanson received funding to participate as a presenter. He presented Teaching with Digital Sway at the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo in Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Andrew Marvick received travel support to travel to Paris to read a new paper before ALMSD. Title of his presentation was Anxiety and Flatness at the Margins of Symbolist Form

Denise Purvis received travel support to present at the National Dance Education Organization’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. She presented Arts Lab—Collaboration, Integration, Community and the Common Core

Jessica Gerlach received funding to attend the AIGA Design Educators Conference in Portland, Oregon, and was a panelist member of the Intersections in Classrooms: Visual Communication + Ecology

Megan Brunsvold received travel funding to present her choreography Gaggle at the American College Dance Association’s Northwest Regional Conference in Greeley, Colorado

Xun Sun received travel funding to participate in the College Orchestra Director Association’s International Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Discussant

Kay Andersen received travel funding to perform at the Playhouse Centennial 1915-2015 in New York City. He also was a performer for the Playhouse Centennial Performance honoring Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis.

SUU Professor of Dance Kay Andersen was among the performers who honored dance legends Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis in New York, spring 2015

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Contribute to state, regional, and community needs as a social and economic catalyst The $38 million dollar Beverley Taylor Sorensen Center for the Arts project is well under way. This extensive construction project provides an economic boom to the entire region. The construction is under the direction of Big D Construction with the hiring of state and local sub-contractors. The Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will dramatically enrich the cultural life of Cedar City and its surrounding region. It will create a year-round destination for thousands of visitors thus enhancing SUU as a major contributor to state, regional and community needs as a social and economic catalyst.

Big D Construction installing roofing elements atop Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), summer 2015. Photo: Reece Summers

Harness and integrate our unique geographic location in the SUU educational experience The diverse landscape of southern Utah provides sustaining inspiration to both students and professional artists. The College has supported the following meaningful learning opportunities that connect to our unique region by facilitating the Zion National Park Artists-in-Residence Program. Artists selected for the Zion National Park Artist in Residence were Lyn Hart, and Sara Tabbert who also contributed to Arts Insights

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Offer curriculum that meets or exceeds national standards which includes experiential programming giving students opportunities to develop as artists, educators, scholars and arts leaders SUU’s liberal arts and science focus at the undergraduate level is to engage students in a personalized experiential education. The graduate level provides opportunity to enhance education for the working professional. CPVA developed on-line graduate degree programs in CPVA that are aligned with graduate program objectives. The hybrid on-line Masters of Music Education was approved by the Board of Regents September 26, 2014 and was authorized by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It is listed for Commission Action by NASM for the June 2015 meeting. An on-line Master of Music-Music Technology was approved by the Board of Trustees and will be an action item on the Board of Regent’s meeting in July, 2015

Curriculum Development and Changes Curriculum Proposals FY15 Undergraduate Consent Items ART 3510 Visual Development

Added pre-requisite of ART 3500 Changed course sequencing to be offered fall semester annually

ART 3520 Narrative Illustration

Changed pre-requisite to ART 3500 Changed course sequencing to spring semester annually

ART 3530 Digital Illustration

Changed Prefix to ART 3500 Changed course sequencing to spring semester annually

ART 4220 Three-Dimensional Graphic Design

Changed title to Drawing for Designers Changed course sequencing to fall semester annually Updated the course description to support title

ART 4270 Computer Animation

Changed Title and Prefix to ART 3550 3D Digital Illustration Added pre-requisite of ART 3500 Changed course sequencing to spring semester annually Changed course description to more accurately reflect content of the course

ART 4510 Advanced Visual Development

Title change to Visual Development Studio Changed pre-requisite to ART 3500 Changed course sequencing to fall semester annually Changed course description to address certain pedagogical redundancies allowing for a more efficient and thorough approach to the contemporary issues of illustration 14


ART 4520 Conceptual Illustration

Changed pre-requisite to ART 3500 Changed course sequencing to spring semester annually

DANC 3510 Dance Composition

Changed Title to Dance Composition I Changed course sequencing to spring semester annually

DANC 3530 Principles of Choreography Changed title to Dance Composition II Changed course sequencing to fall semester annually DANC 4530 Interactive Composition: Dance & Tech.

Changed Title to Principles of Choreography Changed course sequencing to spring semester annually Changed course description to more accurately describe the courses

SST 1300 Shakespeare Unbound

Prefix & Title Change to THEA 1303

SST 2300 Shakespeare’s Plays

Prefix & Title Change to THEA 2303

SST 2301 ThunderBard II- Shakespeare Delete the course. The course has never been taught. Text into Performance SST 2900 Shakespeare Studies Special Topics [Variable Subtitle]

Delete the course. The minor is being moved to Theatre Arts the course is no longer needed

SST 4900 Shakespeare Studies Special Topics [Variable Subtitle]

Delete the course. The minor is being moved to Theatre Arts the course is no longer needed

Substantive Items ART 4320 Letterpress

New Course, designed to better facilitate interests & advanced practices in the study of Typography in the Graphic Design Area

MUSC 4180 Survey of Music Technology

New Course, designed to prepare students who have little or no background in music technology with necessary skills to compete in the job market

MUSC 4500 Special Topics in Music

New Course, which allows topics outside standard curriculum to be taught

MUSC 4890 Internship

New Course, which will allow students to receive credit if they do an internship

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Degree/Program Change Shakespeare Studies Minor

The changes are only prefix changes that reflect housing the minor under the Theatre Arts and Dance Department instead of housing the minor under a setup of a Shakespeare Studies Center which existed in name only. This change will also assist with logistics of course scheduling, evaluations, and faculty SCH distribution

Graduate Consent Items AA 6220 Fundraising Event Planning

AA 6890 Professional Arts Internship

Course Description Change which is a continuation of the process undertaken by the Arts Administration faculty to make all AA course descriptions Learning Outcome-based rather than content-based Course Description Change which is a reflection of changes within the AA Affiliate Organizations. The Braithwaite Gallery is transitioning into The Southern Utah Museum of Art, and The Frehner Museum of Natural History has been added as an assistantship affiliate

Substantive Items MUSC 6100 Introduction to Music Graduate Study

New Course, an orientation and introduction to graduate study in music at Southern Utah University

MUSC 6110 Music Theory Survey and Pedagogy

New Course, graduate course in music theory, students will review music theory concepts and examine pedagogical approaches to teaching high school AP theory courses

MUSC 6180 Survey of Music Technology

New Course, introduces various types of computer technology and audio hardware and its application to music

MUSC 6210 Curriculum Organization In Music Education

New Course, teaching the philosophical, political, and practical bases of music curriculum design

MUSC 6250 Conducting I

New Course, designed for first-year graduate students and will reinforce fundamental conducting techniques, develop more refined and advanced conducting skills and develop score study and preparation skills

MUSC 6260 Conducting II

New Course, designed for second-year graduate students and will build upon the work done in Conducting I 16


MUSC 6300 Live Sound/Concert Production I

New Course, deals with a wide variety of topics related to live sound and concert production

MUSC 6310 Live Sound/Concert Production II

New Course, continuing concepts learned in Concert Production/Live Sound I

MUSC 6320 Audio Recording I

New Course, a survey of technical characteristics and performance of each component of audio recording and the recording studio

MUSC 6330 Audio Recording II

New Course, an in-depth study of the digital audio recording studio and its operations as it relates to the artistic, technical and business elements of the music industry

MUSC 6340 Sequencing and Electronic Music

New Course, presents an advanced study of the history and development of electronic music, synthesis, sampling and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

MUSC 6350 Music Technology And Business

New Course, focusing on music technology tools, platforms and services used by the modern music entrepreneur

MUSC 6360 Music and Video for Social Media

New Course, an experiential course in technology and techniques used in the creation of audio and video for use in social media

MUSC 6370 Music for Film/Video/ Games

New Course, a practicum style course covering the technology and techniques used in the composition of music for film, video, and games

MUSC 6450 Practicum I

New Course, supervised application of multiple theoretical concepts to actual classroom environments

MUSC 6460 Practicum II

New Course, continuation of the processes and procedures in Practicum I

MUSC 6550 Digital Music Notation I

New Course, designed to give students an intermediate skill level in the usage of AVID’s Sibelius music notation software

MUSC 6560 Music Notation II

New Course, designed to give students an advance skill level in the usage of AVID’s Sibelius music notation software and is a continuation of studies begun in MUSC 6550 Digital Notation I 17


MUSC 6570 Audio/Video Post Production

New Course, presents an overview of the technology and techniques used in the creation of music and audio for use in video, film and TV production

MUSC 6580 Music in Multimedia Performance

New Course, designed to give students an introduction to the music technology and techniques used to create collaborative artistic performances

MUSC 6590 Online Performance Ensemble

New Course, designed to give students a modern, technologyenhanced performance experience in an ensemble setting

MUSC 6900 Special Topics in Music

New Course, students will work with professor on music education topics mutually agreed to by the student and professor

MUSC 6910 Directed Readings in Music Education

New Course, students will work with professor on music education topics mutually agreed to by the student and professor

MUSC 6920 Special Projects in Music Education

New Course, students will work with professor on music education topics mutually agreed to by the student and professor

MUSC 6930 Studies in Music Theory

New Course, which includes theory analysis of electronic, popular, commercial and film music, from the development of electronic music, with Vladimir Ussachevsky, to the present

MUSC 6940 Studies in Music History

New Course, designed to give students an introduction to the historical uses of music technology and techniques used to create collaborative artistic performances, from early inception in the 20th century to current professional projects

MUSC 6950 Special Topics: Music Studio Technology

New Course, designed to help students prepare for Capstone Project, which is the culminating experience of the major

MUSC 6960 Special Topics: Music Performance Technology

New Course, designed to help students prepare for Capstone Project, which is the culminating experience of the major

MUSC 6970 Capstone Project Presentation

New Course, students will make a presentation and defense of their completed Capstone Project

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Degree/Program Master of Music- Music Technology An online degree program designed primarily for two groups of musicians: 1) those who wish to use technology to enhance and expand their current skillset as a performer, educator, or composer, increase their employability, and 2) those who wish to work (or are already working) as technicians in the music profession and wish to expand their knowledge of the platforms currently in use.

Collected Objects, An Original Student-Choreographed Dance Concert, November 2014. Photo: Karl Hugh

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Rachel Bishop and Bill Brynes hood Melinda Vaughn as part of the first graduation class for the Arts Administration Online MA degree. Photo: Angela Barton Billings

CPVA Undergraduate Enrollment Based on third-week reports, fall semester 2014, CPVA documented a total of 510 declared majors; a decrease of 44 students from the previous year. Given the recruitment efforts during 2014-15, July 2015 indicate a return to enrollment numbers of previous years. Year

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

14-15

Aug 2015

Art & Design

252

257

282

247

216

211

Music

118

97

91

85

83

97

Theatre Art & Dance

205

199

220

204

187

217

7

7

8

18

24

34

Arts Admin. 20


Total Enrollment

582

560

601

554

510

561

CPVA SCH Trends

Student Credit Hour (SCH) productivity for the last 7 years has increased significantly. This trend is a result of growth in majors (outside of general education) and in spite of the required higher contact hours in arts disciplines that impacts SCH generation. 2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Average

14,611

15,916

17,258

18,276

17,779

17,055

15,565

16,637

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

29

31

31

33

34

37

35

Graduation Totals

SUU’s 2013-14 Fact Book, documented the latest graduate completion year as 2012-14. CPVA graduated 64 students. May 2015 documented 115 graduates in the College of Performing and Visual Arts; shattering the highest number ever recorded. 2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2015

50

70

73

81

74

64

115

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“Teapot” created by Ceramics student Anthony Pearson

Part Five: Student Highlights In addition to the multiple concerts, productions, exhibitions, and presentations that engage CPVA students, the following are examples of specific achievements during the 2014-15 year: Illustration students Shelby Crockett, Sarah Denny, Robert Ennis, Brice Gielgens, Brian Heritage, McKenna Horman, Ann Middleton, Zakery Mitchell and Vachelle Thomas created and published Spirit of the Forest, a colorful exploration of myth, fantasy and fiction inspired by the book’s title. Middleton and Heritage headed up the publication as Art Director and Producer and Kit Kendall, MFA Arts Administration student, served as Marketing Director. The project was mentored by former SUU Art and Design Assistant Professor Ron Spears. Anthony Pearson was recognized again by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) with his piece “Teapot,” selected for the Studio Merit Award. Rachelle Bonnett, MFA candidate, is doing her Capstone Internship at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. She is working on exhibit-related projects in preparation for the new State Library, Archives, and Museum building, scheduled to open in 2016.

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Music major Darin Hunsinger performing on the marimba in recital. Photo: Angela Barton Billings

Darin Hunsinger, Music Major in Percussion, accepted a full-tuition-paid plus stipend graduate assistantship at Texas Christian University. Jacob Lee, Music Major in Piano, was accepted into the graduate program, Piano Pedagogy and Performance, in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Shannon Marshall, Class of 2015 Dance Education Major, devised the first Southern Utah Day of Dance, Designed to help perspective dance students from high schools throughout the region learn more about SUU’s dance program, this two-day event featured classes led by SUU dance faculty, alumni and current students. Joseph Nemrow, MFA candidate, is doing his Capstone Internship at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City in the Marketing and Communications department. He is developing various marketing campaigns and strategies, including implementation of a new podcast series. Iryna Stein, MFA candidate, is doing her Capstone Internship at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. She is collaborating with the executive staff to facilitate a successful transition to a new location in downtown LA and an Annual Gala event to commemorate the Museum’s 13 years of operations. Asher J. Swan’s photography was showcased at the Hunter Conference Center in a remarkable photographic exhibition titled Wāna haerenga paraketu Aotearoa, A Swan’s Journey through the Island of the Long White Cloud (title is Māori). The exhibition was a unique journey through the culture and landscape of New Zealand, part of an SUU Study Abroad program called Art, English, & Geology in New Zealand. 23


Chili and soup bowls created by members of the SUU Ceramics Guild for annual autumn sale event. Photo: Michael French

Art students in the SUU Ceramics Guild had a record year in sales during numerous sales events: Chili Bowl, Holiday, Valentine’s Day and spring. The Chili Bowl Sale was held in two locations over two weeks (Sharwan Smith Center and Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery). The Guild’s success enabled many of its members to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference hosted by the Sol Koffler Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design in in Providence, Rhode Island, March 25-28, 2015. In February 2015, 19 vocal students from the Department of Music received honors at the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition (Las Vegas division). This year the competition was held at SUU during a blizzard. In October of 2014, students in the Arts Administration Master of Fine Arts graduate program worked diligently to administrate the 38th annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University. The competition gives junior and high school students from around the nation a chance to present material from Shakespearean literature in various artistic forms. In March of 2015, students in the Arts Administration Master of Fine Arts graduate program executed a successful 23rd Annual Art Auction to raise funds for the Friends of the Braithwaite Gallery and the Southern Utah Museum of Art.

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Technical Theatre student Amanda McMall working in Utah Shakespeare Festival Paint Shop. Photo: Karl Hugh

In the 2015 summer season, 16 students from the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance were hired by the Utah Shakespeare Festival: four as actors, nine in technical capacities and three in education. In addition, nine students received Southern Utah University Fellowships: five actors and four technical theatre students. Suzette Bulloch, MA Candidate, is working on improvements to the Utah Shakespeare Festival's hiring process and employee database through the use of new technologies for her Final Project in the Arts Administration Program. Lance Jensen, MA Candidate, is working as an intern for the Utah Symphony and Opera at the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City for his Final Project in the Arts Administration Program. Bobbi Keay, MA Candidate, is creating organizational manuals for the Antelope Valley Christmas Crèche Art and Music Festival in Lancaster, California, for her Final Project in the Arts Administration Program. Kym Mellen, MA Candidate, is helping plan the entertainment portion of the annual gala at Writer's Theatre in Chicago for her Final Project in the Arts Administration Program. Ryan D. Paul, MA Candidate, is planning and executing the Utah Shakespeare Festival's annual Wooden O Symposium for his Final Project in the Arts Administration Program.

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Ashley Pollock, MA Candidate, is creating a new social media initiative for the Utah Shakespeare Festival called the Social Media Ambassadors for her Final Project in the Arts Administration Program. Melinda Vaughn, MA Candidate, is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the newly formed non-profit Statera Foundation, and is planning Statera’s inaugural conference for her Final Project in the Arts Administration Program. Nathan Smith, Theatre Arts student, was chosen to direct the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which Smith set in pioneer Utah.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Theatre Arts student Nathan Smith. Photo: Asher J. Swan

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Fiddler on the Roof, February 2015. Photo: Karl Hugh

Part Six: Faculty & Staff Fiddler on the Roof In February 2015 CPVA focused on one of its largest productions ever, a 50th anniversary production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Randall L. Jones Theatre. This remarkable collaboration from all areas of CPVA also included assistance from outside SUU: •

Featured a cast of 42 including Peter Sham, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Melinda Pfundstein, Equity Guest Artist, Kay Andersen, Chair of Theatre Arts and Dance, 39 students from Departments of Music and Theatre Arts and Dance

Directed by Richard Bugg, Professor of Theatre Arts, choreographed by Shauna Mendini, Dean of CPVA, musical direction by Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Associate Professor of Music, vocal director Carol Ann Modesitt, Professor of Music

Featured orchestra of 31 including Dr. Virginia Stitt, Professor of Music, Shane Summers, Director of Collaborative Piano, Fang Shen, Adjunct Instructor of Music, and 28 music students

Production team included scenic design by Brian Jude Beacom, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, costume design by Wendy A. Sanders, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, lighting design by J.D. Sargent, Visiting Professor of Theatre Arts, technical director, Brian Swanson, Associate Chair of Theatre Arts and Dance, assisted by a crew of 32 Theatre Arts and Dance students

A communal sharing of Jewish heritage and culture with members of the cast featured Rabbi Helene Leslie Ainbinder, Nadene Barish and Ellen Nathan from Beit Chaverim of Southern Utah, based in Ivins 27


Publicity photo shoot was arranged by Ryan D. Paul, Museum Curator at Frontier Homestead State Park and MA Candidate in Arts Administration. Shoot was held at Frontier Homestead using period equipment from the Museum’s archive and was shot by Asher J. Swan, photography student

Poster, ads and program were designed by Kaycee Chambers, a Department of Art and Design’s graphic design student

Fiddler on the Roof, February 2015. Photo: Karl Hugh

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Faculty Highlights 2014-2015 In addition to creating, directing, choreographing, designing, and performing in the multiple concerts, productions, exhibitions, and presentations that are part of CPVA’s performance and exhibition season, the following are examples of the types of activities our quality faculty are engaged in: MUSIC Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel and Mary Ann Anderson presented a Piano Monster Concert—Halloween edition at the Heritage Center Theater in Cedar City in October 2014. The Piano Monster Concert brought together musicians from all walks of life to rehearse and perform piano ensemble music on nine grand pianos. More than 140 children, students, teachers and adults participated in the Halloween-themed event. Special guests included the Southern Utah Children’s Choir and the piano faculty from Dixie State University.

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel directing numerous pianists in Piano Monster Concert – Halloween Edition. Photo: Courtesy of SUU Department of Music

Dr. Keith Bradshaw and Associate Professor Peter Sham are currently working on a musical based on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Professor Carol Ann Modesitt and Dr. William van Schalwyk directed the SUU Opera, which received 3rd prize in Division I for the National Opera Association’s Video Production competition for its Production of Speed Dating Tonight by Michael Ching. The conference was held in January, 2015, in Greensboro North Carolina. Dr. Xun Sun traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to participate in the College Orchestra Director Association’s International Conference as a Discussant. Dr. Lynn Vartan performed with Pulitzer Prize Nominee Wadada Leo Smith in Los Angeles, September 2014. She presented an evening of avant-garde jazz with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and the Golden Quartet and the Pacific Red 29


Coral Ensemble as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival. She presented for Marimba One at Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Festival, November 2014, in Indianapolis, IN. Professor Vartan took students and was an artist in the booth for Marimba One at this international festival. She performed at UC San Diego with The Golden Quartet and Wadada Leo Smith, in January 2015 and performed a masterclass at Cal State University, Northridge. She was a guest artist and performer for a full day Percussion Event. She performed a similar masterclass at Cal State University, Fresno, also in January. In March, she presented a masterclass and workshop to Cal State University, Long Beach. She toured with the percussion group Tala Rasa, March 2015, in Los Angeles. ART & DESIGN Professor Susan Harris was invited to exhibit her newest, ornate ceramic works in an exhibition titled “Palace Vessels,” held in the Ocher Court Library of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, during the 49th annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts from March 20-April 3, 2015. Professor Brian Hoover exhibited “Brian Hoover—A Feast of Dreams” at the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR, April 24June 27th, a solo exhibit. During fall 2014, Dr. Hoover was granted a sabbatical to prepare for the exhibit. Professor Hoover also participated in the “Southern Utah Printmaker’s Exhibition” in Springdale, UT, November 18-December 29, 2014.

Cover of A Feast of Dreams by Brian Hoover, SUU Professor of Art, with jacket design by Jeffrey Hanson, Chair of the Department of Art and Design

Dr. Andrew Marvick presented: “‘Un trou dans la filière’: planéité et l’anxiété aux marges de la forme symboliste” (“‘A Gap in the Series’: Flatness and Anxiety at the Margins of Symbolist Form”) at the Université de la Sorbonne IV, Paris, as part of the Art, Literature, and Music in Symbolism and Decadence (ALMSD, an affiliate of College Art Association [CAA]), “Angst in the Symbolist Movement” in June 2015. In addition, he exhibited Ancient Hues at the gallery GALA, Cedar City’s new abstract art gallery. The exhibit ran August 17-October 29, 2014. This gallery is unique in the state of Utah in that it a) concentrates exclusively on abstract and non-representational contemporary art and b) is meticulously curated by Dries Bredenkamp, who has years of international experience in art and business. For this exhibit, Dr. Marvick painted 38 canvases ranging from 20x20 inches to 4x6 feet, as well as a collection of about 75 smaller works. 30


Associate Professor Deborah K. Snider received two prestigious educator awards this year: the Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year from the National Art Education Association, and the Utah Art Education Association award for Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. She presented “An Unsuspecting Arts Leader: The Form and Function of Leadership,” a Best Practices lecture at the March 2015 National Art Education Association Convention in New Orleans, LA. She also presented “Design Yourself: The Genius of Excellence” at the February 2015 Utah Art Education Association Conference in Hurricane, Utah, February 2015. Deborah K. Snider and Pamela Childers are editing a special issue of The Clearing House (Middle and High School Educational Research journal), titled “Drawing from Within: The Arts and Animated Learning.” Manuscripts for this issue will focus on the essential contribution of the Arts as core curricula to whole-child development in secondary school environments. Publication in May 2016. Assistant Professor JungYun Son exhibited “Port of San Francisco” at the International Exchange Exhibit and Academic Seminar organized by Suzhou University of Fine Arts, China, in January 2015. Assistant Professor Russell Wrankle had a solo exhibition of his work consisting of seven sculptures at the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas, in conjunction with the Lawrence Center Ceramic Symposium Biennial. THEATRE ARTS & DANCE Assistant Professor Denise Purvis presented Arts*Lab—Collaboration, Integration, Community and the Common Core at the National Dance Education Organization annual conference in Chicago, Ill., November 2014. Associate Professor Peter Sham performed at the Utah Shakespeare Festival with roles in King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew and Henry IV Part Two.

Peter Sham (center) in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Henry IV Part 2. Photo: Karl Hugh, copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival

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Professor Kay Andersen was a performer for the Playhouse Centennial Performance honoring the legendary Alwin Nikolais in New York City and a celebration of dance legend Murray Louis by appearing in Murray Louis: From the Horse’s Mouth. Held in May 2015 at New York City’s Abrons Arts Center Playhouse, the event featured 25 acclaimed dancers, choreographers, critics and friends who performed and shared their stories of Murray and Alwin Nikolais, pioneers in modern dance. Kay’s remembrances of Nikolais and Louis were filmed as part of a documentary on the duo. Associate Professor Brian Swanson presented Teaching with Digital Sway at the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio Megan Brunsvold present her choreography Gaggle at the American College Dance Association’s Northwest Regional Conference in Greeley, Colorado ARTS ADMINISTRATION Professor Bill Byrnes’ book, Management and the Arts, went into its fifth edition in September 2014, published by Focal Press and Taylor & Francis. Byrnes also created a companion website for the book which can be found at www.managementandthearts.com/5e/. The fourth edition has been translated into Chinese and Korean, and was published by China Theater Press in January 2015, and Random House Korea in February 2015. Russian and Japanese translations are in the works. Byrnes did a book signing for the fifth edition of his book Management and the Arts at the Duke Energy Center, March 19, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio in conjunction with the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo. He was a visiting faculty member at the LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore, September 8-12, 2014. He lectured and presented on arts planning, leadership, and management. He was also the featured speaker on the College’s Interaction Series, where he presented on “Arts Organizations and the Strategy of Diversification.” Bill Byrnes was also a guest speaker at the University of Alabama’s Department of Theatre & Dance February 19 and 20, 2015. His presentations included Innovative Practices by Arts Organization and Leadership and Organizational Management in the Arts. He also mentored and advised students in the MFA Theatre Management program on career development, resumes, and cover letters. Assistant Professor Rachel Bishop presented Academic Impact: Experiential Learning in the Southern Utah Museum of Art at the 2015 Association of Arts Administration Educator's (AAAE) conference in Portland, Oregon in April. She was certified as a Change Leader via the Utah Division of Arts & Museums at the Change Leaders Meeting in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference in May 2015 in Salt Lake City. Rachel Bishop and students in the Arts Administration program helped host the Utah Museum Association's annual conference in Cedar City October 2014.

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Arts Administration MFA and MA alumni and students in Salt Lake City, spring 2015. Photo: courtesy of Rachel Bishop

THE BRAITHWAITE FINE ARTS GALLERY The Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery kicked off their 2014 renewal campaign with a new donor level: The SUMA Charter Circle membership. This new level of $300 is a one-time only donation that targets acquisition to the permanent collection. Funds raised by this new membership level enabled the staff of the Braithwaite Gallery to purchase three ceramic works from 50 from 6 for the Gallery’s archives. The Braithwaite Gallery continued to receive grants and sponsorships from Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Cedar City Recreation, Art and Park Tax (RAP Tax), Rainbow Sign and Banner. 50 from 6: Contemporary Ceramic Art from Six Rocky Mountain States was the fall 2014 exhibit sponsored by the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. Curated by Susan Harris, Professor of Art and Director of SUU’s Ceramics program, the show featured a variety of works from ornate sculpture to functional tableware. The Annual Art Auction sponsored by the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery had a record-breaking year raising nearly $40,000 in a single evening. Aided by graduate students in the Arts Administration MFA program and undergraduates from the Museums Studies class, the Friends had a sold-out event which was aided by donations from regional artists and the support of Springdale’s LaFave Gallery and Cedar City’s Artisans’ Art Gallery. 33


SUU President Scott Wyatt and his wife Kathy were among the bidders at the record-breaking 23rd Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Art Auction. Photo: Kaitlyn Jackson

In conjunction with the 50 from 6 exhibition, Michael French, CPVA Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, collaborated with Anne Smith, SUU Outdoor Engagement Series Director, on Clay, an Art Hike that paired Johnny MacLean, Assistant Professor of Geology, and Rachelle Bonnett, MFA Art Administration student and ceramicist, and traveled to clay deposits in the Parowan Canyon area. The event drew a diverse range of hikers in high school art students, local potters and ceramicists, and a reporter from the SUU Journal. 34


Dr. Johnny MacLean, Assistant Professor of Geology, and Rachelle Bonnett, Arts Administration and ceramicist, lead the Clay Art Hike. Photo: Anne Smith

CPVA Dean Shauna Mendini conducted two site-evaluations and one consultative visit for institutions of higher education on behalf of the National Association of Schools of Dance. On a state level, she was a catalyst in forming the Utah Council of Arts Deans (UCAD) for the state of Utah. CPVA MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS With the advent of the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Reece Summers and Michael French began working with Paul Roelandt, Teri Saa and Shannon Eberhard of Cedar Parks National Monument on creating exhibitions for SUMA’s opening which celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Parks. The anniversary (Find Your Park) coincides with SUMA’s opening and plans are in development for a plein air show, historical photographs exhibition and an educational show featuring art created by area students.

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Arlene Braithwaite creating a pastel as part of a plein air demonstration. Photo: Asher J. Swan

In conjunction with the National Parks anniversary, Reece Summers and Michael French worked with Julia Anderson, Director of SUU’s Sponsored Programs, Agreements, Research & Contracts, and Karen Wilson, Pre Award Grant Facilitator, on a grant for the National Endowment of the Arts to sponsor SUMA’s educational programs.

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2014-15 CPVA Faculty & Staff Listing Dean’s Office Shauna T. Mendini Dean Associate Professor of Dance Clarisse Lunt Assistant to the Dean Stephen Wagner CPVA Academic Advisor Michael French Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Donna Law Director of Development

Fiddler on the Roof, February 2015. Photo: Karl Hugh

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“The World’s Great Snare” by Dr. Andrew Marvick. Courtesy of Dr. Marvick

Art & Design Department Jeffrey Hanson Department Chair, Art and Design Associate Professor of Graphic Design Rossina Felstead Administrative Assistant Eric Brown Professor of Art Drawing YiDan Guo Visiting Artist, Renmin University, Beijing, China

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Rheana Gardner Assistant Professor of Photography Jessica Gerlach Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Susan Harris Professor of Art Ceramics Brian Hoover Professor of Art Painting & Printmaking Dr. Andrew Marvick Professor of Art History Jay Merryweather Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Jeremias Paul Assistant Professor of Photography Deborah Snider Associate Professor of Art Education (Received Tenure with Rank Advancement 2015) JungYun Son Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Benjalmin Sowards Associate Professor of Illustration (Received Rank Advancement fall 2014) Ron Spears (fall semester) Assistant Professor of Art Drawing/Entertainment Design Russell Wrankle Assistant Professor of Art 3D/Sculpture/Foundation

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Arts Administration Rachel Bishop Director of Arts Administration Assistant Professor of Arts Administration Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Reece Summers Director and Curator

Graphic Design student Kaycee Chambers and banner that she created for Southern Utah Art Invitational Exhibition & Sale Photo: Michael French

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SUU Opera production of Dido and Aeneas. Photo: Asher J. Swan

Music Department Dr. Keith Bradshaw Department Chair, Music Professor of Music Composition Donna McIntyre Administrative Assistant 41


Dr. Kevin Baker Associate Professor of Music (Received Tenure with Rank Advancement 2015) Director of Choral Activities Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel Assistant Professor of Music Piano Dr. Thomas Herb Associate Professor of Music Music Education Dr. Lawrence Johnson Associate Professor of Music Voice Dr. Adam Lambert Associate Professor of Music Director of Bands Dr. Steven Meredith (Spring Semester 2015) Associate Professor of Music Music Technology Carol Ann Modesitt Professor of Music Voice Dr. Virginia Stitt Professor of Music Double Reed, Theory Dr. Xun Sun Associate Professor of Music Orchestra Dr. Lynn Vartan Associate Professor of Music Percussion Shane Summer CPVA Director of Collaborative Piano

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A Streetcar Named Desire, April 2015. Photo: Asher J. Swan

Theatre Arts and Dance Department Kay Andersen Department Chair, Theatre Arts and Dance Professor of Dance (Received Rank Advancement 2015) Brian Swanson Associate Chair, Theatre Associate Professor of Theatre Arts (Received Tenure with Rank Advancement 2015) Technical Theatre Jacque Marchant Administrative Assistant Erica Anderson Costume Shop Supervisor Brian Beacom Assistant Professor of Theatre Scene Design 43


Megan Brunsvold Assistant Professor of Dance Richard Bugg Professor of Theatre Arts Acting/Directing Kyle Cook Scene Shop Supervisor/Assistant Technical Director Dr. Christine Frezza (retired June 2015) Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Theatre History/Dramatic Criticism Patricia Meredith Assistant Professor of Dance Denise Purvis Assistant Professor of Dance Heather Reynolds Sound and Lighting Supervisor Wendy Sanders Associate Professor of Theatre Arts (Received Tenure with Rank Advancement 2015) Costume Design J.D. Sargent Visiting Assistant Professor (1 year appointment) Scene/Lighting Design Peter Sham Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Acting/Directing Shane Summer CPVA Director of Collaborative Piano Dr. Don Weingust Director, Shakespeare Studies Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

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Committed Step, An Original Faculty-Choreographed Concert, January 2015. Photo: Karl Hugh

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CPVA Annual Report 2014-15  
CPVA Annual Report 2014-15  

Southern Utah University's CPVA Annual Report for 2014-2015