Fine and Performing Arts

accolades and accomplishments

A recent edition of the Alvernia Voice heralded "The Arts are Alive!" and indeed there is much to report
  • Students Jaliza Cruz-Hererra, Katie Evans Chiara Marone and the entire crew were honored in having "Low Level Panic" selected for performance in Cleveland for the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January.  Professors Nathan Thomas and Brian Prather enjoyed leading the students' preparation for the unique challenges of a regional performance, including moving, installing and tearing down the set within limited hours.  Additionally in Theater, Professor Nathan Thomas has written a new translation of Anton Checkhov's play "Uncle Vanya" produced at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
  • Alvernia University students Melisa Rivera, Jocelyn MacAleese, Jessica Kirsch, Alexander Roche, Christopher Thomas and Louie Lacek were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival in late October at East Stroudsburg University.  Brianna Whitton and Matt Qualio were accepted into the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band.  These are fine musicians and are guided by their directors Jennie Michalik (choral) and Jim Seidel (instrumental).  We are proud of these accomplishments.
  • Two adjunct instructors in art won awards for their work.  Professor Rich Houck was recognized as winner of the Yocum Coggins award 2014 for his paintings.  Rich received a nice write-up in the Reading Eagle.  Professor Michlel Kulp won first place in the contest for graphic design.
  • Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Assistant Professor of Music Carol Schwanger was selected as the Fall 2014 Alpha Sigma Lambda inductee celebrated at the Fall Honors and Awards Ceremony hosted by Alvernia's School of Graduate and Adult Education for her "commitment and dedication to excellence in working with adults."
  • The Miller Gallery currently showcases the work of artists Suzanne Fellows and Peter Jon Snyder examining elephants and ethics.  March 17 marks the opening reception for Jerry Holleran's "Irish Green" exhibition.  The Spring Student Art Show will close the school year.
  • The Spring Performing Arts series features Leon Bates and two fabulous vocalists for a night of Gershwin on Broadway on February 27th.  Mr. Bates gave an interview to reporters for the Reading Eagle promoting this event, which coincides with Black History Month.  March 13 marks Alvernia's event in the 25th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.  Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee will dazzle audiences of all ages in Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall.

Contact Information

Carol Schwanger

Carol N. Schwanger
Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair

Francis Hall 301 B

Debora Brubaker

Francis Hall 301

fine and performing arts

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