SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Spring is nearly here. Flowering trees on campus are one of the biggest stars of the season, usurped only by Slippery Rock University music, dance and art students who will be sharing the bill with the blooms.
More than 50 students will present senior recitals, including instrument and vocal performances, dance choreography and art exhibits in painting, stoneware and digital media.
The launch point is March 10, when Alana Weber and Sara Litz, music education majors from Dover, Del., and Pittsburgh, will perform on clarinet and French horn at 7:30 p.m. in Swope Recital Hall. Other music students will perform between April 15 and May 4.
More than 20 dance students will present at Dance Senior Synthesis Concerts on April 20 and 21. Art students will set up solo exhibits from April 29-May 4, May 6-10 and May 13-17.
Student recitals and shows enable humanities majors to present a body of work that encapsulates their SRU education. Students also do all of the advance work. Art majors, for instance, schedule an exhibit, set it up, write an artistic statement and couple their show with on online portfolio.
"The show is exciting for me because it holds a lot of relevance in my life, but also because senior shows for art majors serve as a means for launching you into your future endeavors, whether that's grad school, a job or working as a fine artist," said Kelly Werner, an art major from Butler.
Werner, a ceramist, will exhibit her work May 6-10 in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery.
"At the moment I've been pretty immersed in my ceramic artwork for my senior show," Werner said. "I am exploring the relationships between humans manipulating their environment and ceramics is a great medium to work in for this concept; the artist manipulates the work in a related fashion. Working in clay allows me to feel a connection to the Earth, both literally and metaphorically speaking. I am hopeful that my show allows its viewers to raise questions about the environment that they inhabit and consider our momentum moving forward when we create sustainable initiatives."
Music students present an hour's worth of music.
"The recital is a chance to put together an entire program of solo pieces or pieces that are going to feature them," said David Glover, associate professor of music and department chair. "It's a pretty big commitment and requires hours of practice."
"The importance or value of the senior synthesis concerts is that the concerts are a component of the department of dance 'Senior Synthesis' course, the dance curriculum capstone course," said Nola Nolen Holland, professor of dance. "Depending upon a student's focus of teaching, choreography or performance - or any combination of these curricular focuses - students conduct research for which they prepare a research paper and make a presentation." Music students will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Swope Recital Hall.
Music recitals are at 7:30 p.m. in Swope and will feature:
- Sarah Eppler and Paul Rappolt, music education majors from Cranberry and Lockport, N.Y., saxophone, April 5.
- Shane Brewer, a music education major from Brockway, trombone, April 6.
- Jordan Stehle, a music education major from Port Allegany, tuba, April 6.
- Eric Garber and Bethany Pasierb, music education majors from Bell Vernon and Chambersburg, vocal performance, April 7.
- Marchin and Kayce Soros, music majors from Greenville, piano, April 10.
- James Garrity and Allison Carter, music education majors from Mars and Titusville, vocal performance, April 12.
- Amy Mikalauskas, a music education major from Evans City, saxophone, April 14.
- Abigail Iksic and Katie Amerson, music education majors from Valencia and Butler, piano, April 22.
- Andrew Lake, a music major from Irwin, saxophone, April 26.
- Brian Croach and Matthew Diehl, music education majors from New Castle and Moon Township, trumpet, April 30.
- Karter Schachner, a music major from Saxonburg, vocal performance, May 1.
- Breanna Ferchak and Cassandra Maloney, music education majors from Venetia and West Mifflin, piano and flute, May 4.
- Dancers will present at 2 and 5 p.m. April 20-21 in Swope Music Hall. The performers are:
- Samantha Condo, a dance and English major from Stafford, Va., will perform a solo she has developed based upon the beheading of Marie Antoinette.
- Alyssa Cubellis, a dance major from Dallas, Pa., is choreographing a group work based upon the use of imagery.
- Heather Cumer, a dance major from Wexford, is creating a hip-hop work.
- Cara Grant, a dance major from New Castle, is choreographing a solo that she will perform.
- Hannah Guidry, a dance major Oak Point, Texas, is developing a group work for six dancers.
- Karlee Hoffman, a dance and secondary education major from West Mifflin, is developing a group work.
- Cindi James, a dance major from Mercer, will perform a solo.
- Lindsay Marshall, a dance and exercise science major from Pittsburgh, will design the lighting for the Senior Synthesis Concerts as her project.
- Leah Nobers, a dance major from McMurray, will perform a solo.
- Natalie Osborne, a dance major from Strongsville, Ohio, will perform a solo that she is choreographing.
- Ashlee Parker, a dance major from Erie, is creating a group dance.
- Jesse Rakovan, a dance and exercise science major from Brookville, will make a class presentation of his research.
- Mary Regney and Josh Pugliese, dance majors from Beaver and New Kensington, will perform a duet.
- Jackilyn Yamialkowski, a dance major from Waymart, will perform a solo that she has choreographed.
- Nichole Young, a dance major from Parma, Ohio, will present a group work that she has choreographed.
- Sita Sojintarit, a dance major from Chiang Mai, Thailand, is creating a group dance work that fuses many styles of dance.
- Other performers include:
- Amanda Tarr, a dance major from Lower Burrell, will present an excerpt from her independent concert April 28.
- Ariel Stanton-Penkert, a dance major from Annapolis, Md., will present an excerpt from her independent concert May 2.
- Emily Kennard, a dance major from Centerville, Ohio, will present a jazz and modern dance fusion work that incorporates technology May 2 in the Field House Dance Studio.
- Melanie Calhoun, a dance major from Stafford, Va., will present an excerpt from the independent concert of her own choreography May 5.
- Amanda Tuttle, a dance and history major from Lincoln University, Pa., will present her dance research May 9.
- Art students will present exhibits in Martha Gault Art Gallery in Maltby Center. The artists and times of shows are:
- Eric Berdis and Erin Bressler, art majors from Erie and Curwensville, and Danielle Cuculic, a park and resource management major from Parma, Ohio, will present April 29-May 3, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 29.
- Kelly Werner, Brittany Knapp and Michael Camera, art majors from Butler, Mars and Edinburg, will present May 6-10, with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. May 6.
- Danielle Jacobs and Courtney Mohr, art education majors from Carlton and Lewistown, and Kristin Thomas, an art major from South Park, will present from May 13-17, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. May 13.
- Scott Calvert, Lauren Strahl, Christa Stankovic, Jayson Banner and Alexis Sobecky, art majors from Slippery Rock, Canonsburg, Grove City, New Alexandria and Johnstown, will present May 6-10 at the Associated Artists of Butler County in Butler. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. May 9.
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