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COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES “I will be teaching individual applied strings (violin and viola), string techniques for Music Education majors, directing the string orchestra and supervising student teachers.” Perhaps even more impressive is that, even as a tenure-track professor, Fernandez conducts music appreciation programs for kindergartners and will be teaching oncampus middle school and high school music summer camps.

A NEW FACULTY MEMBER WITH BEAUTIFUL STRINGS ATTACHED Other than the muses, pursuing funding remains a constant challenge in the world of classical music. But thanks to the Robert and Joanne Bauer Endowed Professorship in Strings, the prospects for aspiring performers and music lovers alike at UW-Green Bay are on a definite crescendo with the addition of Luis Fernandez as assistant professor for Strings and Music Education. While Fernandez has performed with symphonies from Venezuela to Fox Valley, teaching remains at the heart of his mission as a musician having earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami.

Strategic Philanthropy Leaders of Casa ALBA Melanie, of Green Bay, said they were “deeply grateful” to receive a $10,000 grant, funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation, but awarded through UW-Green Bay’s “Strategic Philanthropy” class. In seven years, the class has awarded $75,000 to community organizations. The course, taught by Associate Prof. Lora Warner (Public and Environmental Affairs), is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin. It offers a hands-on approach to help college students engage in the community while bringing external funding to local organizations.

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A love of teaching springs from his own childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began violin studies through the El Sistema, a free music-education program for youth from impoverished backgrounds. “Its mission was not just to create professional musicians,” Fernandez recalls, “but also to help children and young people to reach their full potential and learn values and skills through music, that in turn improve their growth and life.” As for an encore, his performing talents will take center stage as concertmaster and principal violin with the recently established Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra. Fernandez concurs that the prospect for artists and audiences looks bright. “I’m relatively new to the region and I’ve been very impressed by the high level of enthusiasm and support for the arts. I think in this kind of environment, it’s possible to build a really thriving and successful program.”

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