Four School of Performing Arts Music Performance majors garnered top honors at the Virginia National Association of Teachers of singing competition.
Senior Jack Chandler, baritone, was recognized as Best Male College Classical Superlative Award Winner as well as with first place in the Fourth Year College/Independent Studio Men division; senior Allison Harris, soprano, also a Mechanical Engineering major, first place in the Fourth Year College/Independent Studio Women division; junior Mary Haugh, soprano, first place in the Third Year College/Independent Studio Women division; and first-year student Ashley Wendt, soprano, also a Theatre Arts major, first place in the Music Theater Women division and first place in the Classical division.
All four students study voice with Ariana Wyatt, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts.
The competition was held February 2–3 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Alison Owen, an MFA student in Costume Design in the School for Performing Arts, was one of no more than 12 students chosen by juried selection to display her work in the Young Designers’ Forum, which brings together talented students with established designers and directors for a review and discussion of the students’ work.
The Forum will be on view March 16 and 17 at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology Conference and Stage Expo, which takes place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The research of Ivica Ico Bukvic, an associate professor in the School of Performing Arts/Music, was highlighted on Radio IQ, the local public radio station, in an interview titled “Music of the Spheres: Big Data Meets Big Sound.”
Bukvic—along with Gregory Earle, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Human-Centered Design graduate students Woohun Joo and Disha Sardana—is using the Cube in the Moss Arts Center as an experimental space to “teach a computer to transform data into sound.”
Charles Dye, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts/Cinema, and Jaime Jacobsen, were awarded a $3,500 Film and Digital Media Grant from Humanities Montana in September 2017 for production of The Lentil Underground 360: A VR Journey for the Organically Curious (LU360), which will take place this year.
Upstream, a composition for electric violin and jazz band by Charles Nichols, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts, received its premiere on December 1. The work, along with Nichols’s piece Chicken and Grits, was performed by the Washington and Jefferson Jazz Ensemble at the Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Paul Steger, a professor of theatre and director of the School of Performing Arts, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Theatre Conference. The National Theatre Conference is composed of distinguished members of the American Theatre Community who represent both professional and academic theatre institutions as well as independent artists.
Ivica Ico Bukvic, an associate professor in the School of Performing Arts/music, and Greg Earle, Electrical and Computer Engineering, were awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for the project titled “Spatial Audio Data Immersive Experience (SADIE)” in order to pursue research to investigate how immersive sound can be used to develop a better understanding of complex systems. The project will use the 129-loudspeaker spatially distributed immersive sound system in the Cube in the Moss Arts Center.
Or Be Forever Fallen, a composition for amplified string quartet, computer, and video by Charles Nichols, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts, with video artist Zach Duer, received its premiere on November 16. The work was performed by the Beo String Quartet in the Moss Arts Center.