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COAL faculty hoping to gain ‘global perspective’ from Colombia trip

Several College of Arts and Letters faculty will be traveling to South America next week in an interdepartmental effort to increase the college’s “global perspectives” and “cultural competency,” said communication department head Dr. Shawn Wahl.

Five professors representing four departments will depart for Colombia Oct. 25 to visit universities in Bogota and Cartagena, each with educational objectives to benefit both Missouri State and the Colombian institutions. They return Oct. 31.

Wahl said several opportunities are made available by organizing these kinds of trips, including recruitment of international students, building relationships with institutions that Missouri State students can study abroad to, and bringing a broader cultural perspective to COAL’s programs and facilities.

Faculty going to Colombia

Institutions they will visit

Schedule

  • Drs. Morris, Pardue and Wahl will present on research panels the Universidad de La Sabana Communication Week.  Morris will present on debate formats during the 2012 presidential election, Pardue will present on journalism from a U.S. perspective and Wahl will present on Business and Professional Communication in a Global Context (the focus of his 2015 Short Term Study Away course he will teach at Universidad de La Sabana).
  • Dr. Hausback will be perform an international recital at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and teach master classes in trombone at several universities in Bogota.
  • Dr. Jolley will be networking with department head and faculty at all of the Colombian universities to explore study away program and language training programs.

 

 

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Music students to perform at Bears on the Square

Musical groups from the music department will join the alumni association for a new Homecoming event this Saturday, Bears on the Square.

What is Bears on the Square

Immediately following the Homecoming game, the public is invited to Park Central Square, where Missouri State’s Hibernotes, Beartones and Pride Band will perform, along with members of the school’s spirit squads. Other entertainment will include a performance by country music duo Brothers Osborne, and several downtown businesses will be offering special discounts for those wearing BearWear.

Schedule

6:15-6:45 p.m. — Hibernotes

7 p.m. — Mini pep rally with MSU Pride Band Ensemble and spirit squad members

7:45-8:15 p.m. — Beartones

9 p.m.— Brothers Osborne

 

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COAL Homecoming: Master class series brings alumni back to campus to share their crafts

The College of Arts and Letters will be hosting a series of master classes Oct. 16 and 17 as part of its Homecoming event schedule. These classes, presented by COAL alumni in music, art and design, theatre and dance, and media, journalism and film, are open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Susan LaBarr

Living the Dream – Composing and Publishing Music

Presented by COAL alumna Susan LaBarr, composer (BM 2004; MM 2007)

Susan LaBarr is an active, published composer, with works in print through Santa Barbara Music Company and Morningstar Music. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music in and a Master of Music in Music Theory in at Missouri State University. In 2011, Susan won the Opus Award for her compositions Two Songs of Love Lost: Forever Gone and At Dawn of Day. This award is selected by members of the Missouri Choral Directors Association. In 2012, Susan served as composer-in-residence for the Chattanooga Girls Choir (TN). More recently, Susan served as the Missouri Composer Laureate, 2012 and 2013, a position selected by the organization Verses and Voices, and chaired by Missouri First Lady, Georganne Nixon. She also works as editor of Walton Music.

Event details

Date: Oct. 16, 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

Matt_RaithelVideo Game Development 

Presented by COAL alumnus Matt Raithel, studio director (Electronic Arts, 2004)

Matt Raithel, studio director at Graphite Lab in St. Louis, helped produced the mobile game app, My Little Pony Party of One, which reached No. 1 ranking in 73 countries by selling over one million downloads in one week (August 3-10). The game was animated primarily by another MSU alum, Matt Stevens (BFA Animation ‘09), under Raithel’s direction. After graduating from Missouri State with a bachelor’s degree in electronic arts, Raithel joined Black Lantern Studios in Springfield, where he served as an art director, director of art and design, vice president of operations and studio president.

Immediately following the class, Raithel will be presenting in the COAL alumni panel, Preparing for that First Professional Job or How I Survived the Biggest Professional Mistake I ever Made!, Friday, Oct. 17 from 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Theater.

Event details

Date: Oct. 17, 12:20 – 1:40 p.m.

Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

hyche1Contemporary Dance

Presented by COAL alumnus Darrell Hyche II, dancer (BFA, 2013)

In his first year with the St. Louis company Modern American Dance Company, under company director Stacy West, Darrell Hyche II, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and Bachelor of Science in psychology from Missouri State in 2013 and was a member of the University’s Inertia Dance Company under the direction of Ruth Barnes and Darryl Clark. Hyche has performed with the Springfield Ballet and the Ashleyliane Dance Company. As a scholarship student at the American Dance Festival, he worked with Brenda Daniels, Elizabeth Corbett, Sherone Price and T. Lang. He has also been in repertory works by William Forsythe, Nicholas Leichter and Merce Cunningham. In 2007, MADCO was invited to become the Professional Dance Company in Residence at the prestigious Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri St. Louis.

Immediately following the class, Hyche will be presenting in the COAL alumni panel, Preparing for that First Professional Job or How I Survived the Biggest Professional Mistake I ever Made!, Friday, Oct. 17 from 1:50 – 2:50 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Theater.

Event details

Date: Oct. 17, 12:20 – 1:40 p.m.

Location: Art Annex, Room #5, 1045 E Grand Street

coleclosserGraphic Novels and Modern Storytelling

Presented by COAL alumnus Cole Closser, artist, author and illustrator (BFA, 2011)

Cole Closser, a Missouri cartoonist and illustrator of comics and graphic novels, will discuss the creation and publication of his graphic novel “Little Tommy Lost” which was featured in Juxtapoz magazine (August 2013) and named one of the 10 best graphic novels of 2013 by A.V. Club (the Onion). He is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in art printmaking and drawing programs at Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts from The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

Closser also be attending the COAL Wine and Cheese Alumni Reception later Friday evening, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Student Exhibition Center where his work is on display.

Event details

Date: Oct. 17, 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Plaster Student Union Theater

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Registration open for 2015 Jazz Fest

IMG_3059School bands and ensembles interested participating in Missouri State’s 2015 Jazz Fest can now register. Divisions include Big Band, 2nd Bands, Jr Hi/Mid School Bands, and Combos, and groups can register as competitive or non-competitive. Slots are given on a first-come, first-serve basis and early birds receive a 10 percent discount when registered before Dec. 1 with payment rendered by Feb. 1. Final registration deadline is Feb. 6.

All about Jazz Fest

The U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note and jazz master Jamey Aebersold will headline the Feb. 28 event, co-sponsored by the University’s band and jazz studies programs. Master classes will be given in the morning and repeated again in the afternoon. All sessions and classes are conducted by MSU jazz studies faculty, band director and guest artists. All performances are open to the public.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by a free concert by the Airmen of Note at 7 p.m. Concert admission tickets are required and will be provided to festival participants. Members of the public may request tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the number of tickets requested (up to 4) to: Missouri State University Bands // Wehr Band Hall // 901 South National Ave // Springfield, MO  65897.

 

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Music faculty, students to perform at Women in the Arts conference in November

Women in the ArtsMissouri State University’s music department will be well represented at this year’s Women in the Arts International Conference, hosted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis Nov. 6-8.

The conference will include presentations related to all fields of women creators in the arts — music, literature, drama, dance, performance art and visual art — and will include papers, lecture recitals, clinics, demonstrations, panels, performances and workshops. Presenters are faculty members (full time, adjunct and retired), independent scholars, performers, artists, writers and graduate students.

The concert on Nov. 7 will include Missouri State faculty Dr. Cynthia Green Libby on the oboe, Dr. Jill Heyboer on the flute, and Leah Miller Munoz on the bassoon, as well as music student Erin Smith, a senior oboe player.

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New faculty, staff join College of Arts and Letters

Fall 2014 is well underway and as students begin to find their place at the College of Arts and Letters, so do several new faculty and staff. They will be introduced in more depth in the coming weeks, but to get these profiles started, here is a round up of the new faces that can be seen around campus. Let’s give them a big Bear welcome this week!

 

Art and Design

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Adrienne Boulton-Funke, assistant professor

Adrienne Boulton-Funke completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of British Columbia and is finishing her PhD in Curriculum (Art Education) at UBC. She received the Killam Award for teaching excellence as a graduate teaching assistant. Her research explores contemporary art practices in research and pedagogy through arts-based educational research; she has presented her work nationally and internationally. Boulton-Funke said she wants to help future teachers reimagine curriculum and pedagogy to be able to go beyond the assessment-based learning found in classrooms today. “I hope to develop a methodology of visual inquiry that aims to disrupt our static perceptions of education and through arts-based inquiry and research processes, expand the ways in which we understand and perform curriculum and pedagogy in K-12 art education.”

 

Media, Journalism and Film

Harrison Witt, Assistant Professor

Harrison Witt, assistant professor

Harrison Witt earned a BA in English from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to being an award-winning screenwriter and director, Witt brings more than 20 years of professional production experience in cinematography and lighting to the classrooms at MSU. He is eager to build on MJF’s strong foundation in digital film production, which he admired even before signing on as an assistant professor. “I was impressed with the ambition and execution the students brought to their productions. After seeing this work, I wasn’t at all surprised to find the faculty and staff in MJF to be open, energetic, and creative.”

 

 

Music

Cameron F. LaBarr, Director of Choral Studies

Cameron F. LaBarr, director of choral studies

Cameron F. LaBarr comes to the College of Arts and Letters after serving in university choral positions in Tennessee and Texas. He was the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and has been a guest conductor and clinician for institutions and festivals across the United States, Europe, South Africa and China. He’s published articles and reviews in the Choral Journal and The Chorister and also edits a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. He was recently awarded a fellowship with the International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden in 2015 and will be among 14 conductors from the United States to participate in the residency. Excited for the changes and additions expected this year, LaBarr encourages students to put themselves out there to see where the world takes them. “I hope to share my professional experiences with our students here on campus, and I plan to get our students out into the world, allowing for strong relationships and greater understanding among cultures.”

 

Modern and Classical Languages

Melanie Kleeschulte, Instructor

Melanie Kleeschulte, instructor

Prior to joining the MCL faculty, Melanie Kleeschulte was a full-time instructor of Spanish at Greenwood Laboratory School. She received her master’s in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Salamanca in Spain, Master of Arts in Teaching from Missouri State University and Bachelor of Arts in International/ Multicultural Studies and Spanish from Evangel University. Kleeschulte also holds Missouri K-12 certification in Spanish.

 

Vanessa Rodríguez de la Vega, Assistant Professor

Vanessa Rodríguez de la Vega, assistant professor

Vanessa Rodríguez de la Vega received her PhD from Texas Tech University and comes to MSU from Missouri Southern State University. She will be teaching a variety of courses, including introductory Spanish, Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, Spanish Peninsular Literature and more. She said she hopes to inspire Missouri State students this year, “by making them aware about the importance and practicality of studying foreign languages.” Her research focuses on postmodern historical fiction.

 

Theatre and Dance

Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Assistant Professor

Melanie Dreyer-Lude, assistant professor

Melanie Dreyer-Lude is a theatre practitioner and professor of performance, using theatre as a platform for cultural encounters that generate multiple nodes of inquiry. She specializes in international theatre collaboration. Fluent in German, Dreyer-Lude translates and directs contemporary German plays and has directed more than 60 productions throughout the United States, Germany and Turkey. Her continued love of learning and travel has taken her across the world and across disciplines. “I’m a perpetually curious person and I’m always seeking new intersections between theater practice and other disciplines.  I’ve learned about neuroscience, physics, cultural anthropology, business, linguistics, all things German and many things Turkish — all because I was willing to follow my interest into another’s world.”

 

Other staff additions

Katie McMahon, Costume Shop Manager

Katie McMahon, costume shop manager

Katie McMahon is the costume shop manager for the theatre and dance department. She is an alumna of Missouri State University with a BFA in Theatre and an emphasis in technical theatre and costumes. She also worked as a designer and costume shop manager for Tent Theatre.

 

 

Greg Pettus, Distributed User Support Specialist

Greg Pettus, distributed user supports specialist

Greg Pettus served in the Marine Corps before getting a degree in engineering physics from Missouri State. During his time as a student, he was able to start working full-time and has been a distributed user support specialist for 17 years, helping to ensure the technology needed for faculty and students to succeed is in working order. He lives in Springfield with his wife, Julie, and daughters, Reagan and Kenzie.

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Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series 2014 season to conclude this weekend

The final carillon concert of the Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series 2014 season will begin at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Duane G. Meyer Library, featuring Missouri State carillonneur, Dr. Jeremy Chesman. Refreshments will be served throughout the concert and guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Following the concert, there will be a tour of the carillon and a meet and greet with the artist on the library steps. In case of rain, seating will be moved to the covered patio area located at the library entrance. Parking is available in Parking Lot #19, located across from the library on John Q. Hammons Parkway. Chesman will perform songs from Bach’s Suite No. 1 for cello, Fiddler on the Roof, the 1970s Swedish pop group, ABBA, and more.chesman

About the artist

Chesman is an associate professor of music at Missouri State University. His performances have been broadcast in the United States, the Netherlands and Japan. He has performed in France, Belgium and Portugal, where he played a recital of American music at the National Palace in Mafra on the European Union’s day of mourning for the events of September 11.

Chesman studied carillon with Margo Halsted and Todd Fair at the University of Michigan, where he was the first person to earn a Master of Music degree in Carillon Performance. As a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, he studied carillon with Eddy Mariën and composition with Geert D’Hollander at the Royal Carillon School of Belgium, where he earned a Final Diploma with Distinction.

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Missouri State musicians bring in the fall semester with a bang

The Missouri State University College of Arts and Letters is thriving already with concerts and exclusive invitations around the country.

 

  • hands2Music professor Michael A. Murray, together with other COAL alumni, performed “Friday at Four Chamber Music Recital: Two Piano Quartet Masterworks of Mozart and Dvorak,” Sept. 5.
  • Cameron LaBarr, director of choral studies, was awarded a fellowship with the International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden in 2015, becoming one of 15 conductors selected from the United States.
  • Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, Ann Marie Daehn and collaborative pianist Elizabeth Avery from the University of Oklahoma, will be featured performers at the 2014 Eastman’s Alumni Weekend entitled, “Plays Well with Others,” on Oct. 17-18. Daehn and Avery will perform five songs from their Kagen lecture recital.
  • Daniel Hellman, associate music professor, was elected to a six-year term on the editorial review board of the “Journal of Music Teacher Education.”
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Alumni to join music professor in First Friday concert

MichaelAMurrayAndAlumni-BlogMusic professor and cellist Michael A. Murray will be joined by three alumni Friday, Sept. 5, in a concert to be held at 4 p.m. in the Missouri State University Ellis Recital Hall. Pianist Robert Carney, an assistant professor at Southwest Baptist, violinist Aleksis Zarins, a local freelancer, and violinist Christopher Kelts, an orchestra conductor at Washburn University, will perform together with Murray two piano quartet masterworks of Mozart and Dvorak. The recital, coinciding with the opening festivities for the Ozark Celebration Festival as well as First Friday Art Walk, is free and open to the public.

 

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Choral studies director awarded fellowship in Sweden

Cameron F. LaBarr, Missouri State University’s new director of choral studies, has been awarded a fellowship with the 2015 International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden. Selected by the the American Choral Directors Association, LaBarr will be among 14 U.S. conductors to travel to Stockholm, Sweden, in October, for the Scandinavian Choral Convention.

Dr. Cameron F. LaBArrExperience built on national and international works

LaBarr comes to the College of Arts and Letters after serving in university choral positions in Tennessee and Texas. He was the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and has been a guest conductor and clinician for institutions and festivals across the United States, Europe, South Africa and China. He’s published articles and reviews in the Choral Journal and The Chorister and also edits a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Excited for the changes and additions expected this year in the music department, LaBarr encourages students to put themselves out there to see where the world takes them. “I hope to share my professional experiences with our students here on campus, and I plan to get our students out into the world, allowing for strong relationships and greater understanding among cultures.”

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