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March 8, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

'Women Who Rock' strike chord

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Women's Center, Women's Studies Program and the music department will celebrate "Women Who Rock," in a multi-part program at noon, March 12, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

"We wanted to shed some light on something that brings people together, music. After learning about the "Women Who Rock" exhibit that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland put together, we thought it would be an exciting break from the norm to showcase women's history in rock and roll," said Carly Masiroff, a graduate assistant in the SRU Women's Center.

"Women have been a part of each step that rock and roll has taken, from its early gospel roots in the late 1800s to the ladies that picked up their guitar and screamed into the microphone, using their talents and passion as a harbinger to the civil rights and women's rights movements," she said. "At times, these voices made revolution possible and provided inspiration to millions of people who thought no one understood. We hope this exhibit reminds people of what has inspired them throughout time and renews the spirit of progress and unity in all of us."

Stephen Hawk, professor of music, will present a lecture titled "History of Women Jazz Musicians," including such tunes as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," arranged by Becca McGann, a music therapy major from Berwick, and featuring Breanna Ferchak, a music major from Venetia as soloist with the SRU Flute Choir, directed by Stacy Steele, assistant professor of music, joined by include Michael Capo, a music major from New Brighton, on guitar and Jamison Lopochonsky a music major from Greenville, on drums.

Allison Martin, a music major from Ambridge, will present "Braille," and a number of pre-performance selections.

Other selections will be: "You've Got a Friend" and "Pieces of My Heart" medley presented by Annina Deberardinis, a music therapy major from North Huntingdon, and Heather DiCicco, a music therapy major from Wilmington, Del.; and "Waking in the Rain," presented by Lori Fry, a music therapy major from Butler, Kayce Soros, a music therapy major from Fredonia, and Shawna Mitchell, a music therapy major from Howard.

Vimala, an artist, photographer, singer and songwriter from Butler, will perform "Walking on Water."

A number of students will present posters about women artists, including:

  • Sarah Gaddess, criminal justice, Oil City, Patsy Cline;
  • Essence Spence, undecided, Clairton, Alicia Keys;
  • Ayanna Byers, undecided, New Castle, Tracy Chapman;
  • Ashley Oluschak, history, Butler, Melissa Etheridge;
  • Krista Frank, biology, Wadsworth, Ohio, Billie Holiday;
  • Margaret Mannochio, criminology and criminal justice, Kent, Ohio, Chrissie Hynde;
  • Shawna Mitchell, music therapy, Howard, Ella Fitzgerald;
  • Stephanie Crispell, athletic training, Tunkhannock, Alicia Keys;
  • Cassandra Rutledge, social work, Damascus, Pat Benatar;
  • Morgan Arentz, public health, Littlestown, Mary J. Blige;
  • London Parris, undecided, Pittsburgh, Beyonce;
  • Jeannie Prykowski, physical education, Hatfield, Missy Eliot;
  • Addie Daniels, criminology and criminal justice, Pittsburgh, Erykah Badu; and
  • Nathaniel Sofranko, mathematics, Mt. Pleasant, Adele

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