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Clare Parker Named Assistant Professor of Costume Design

College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of  Clare Parker as Assistant Professor of Costume Design in the School of Theatre.

Clare Parker is a theatrical costume designer, sewist, craftsperson, and costume educator. She is coming to CVPA from Wake Forest University where she held the position of Assistant Professor of Costume History and Assistant Costume Studio Manager. Parker has also been teaching at CVPA as an Part-Time Lecturer for the past year.  Prior to that, she was an Adjunct Professor of Costume Design at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). (more…)

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Nathaniel Mitchell Named Lecturer of Music Theory

College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Dean bruce d. mcclung has announced the appointment of Nathaniel Mitchell as Lecturer of Music Theory in the School of Music.

Dr. Mitchell comes to CVPA from Temple University where he has been Adjunct Professor of Music Theory. He has also held professional appointments at the University of Delaware and Princeton University in the area of Music Theory.

Mitchell’s research focuses on the cognitive foundations of musical creativity in a variety of genres, including opera, bluegrass, and video games. His research has appeared in Music Theory Spectrum (“The Volta: A Galant Gesture of Culmination”), the Oxford Handbook of Public Music Theory (“/r/musictheory: Making Music Theory on Reddit.com”), and SMT-Pod (“Moderating Musical Discussions on Reddit: An Interdisciplinary Conversation”), and a video essay on the Animal Crossing video game series is forthcoming in SMT-V. (more…)

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In Memoriam: George Kiorpes

Professor Emeritus George Kiorpes passed away on April 27th.

Dr. Kiorpes was Professor of Piano for forty-five years at UNCG from 1965 to 2010. Prior to UNCG, Dr. Kiorpes taught at Greensboro College from 1955 to 1965. Highlights from his UNCG career included serving as head of the keyboard area for twenty years and receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award from the School of Music in 2002. Dr. Kiorpes published articles in national periodicals and for four years was editor of the North Carolina Music Teacher. His compositions for piano were published by Ditson, Willis, and Kjos music publishers. As a pianist, he participated in solo, ensemble, and concerto performances throughout the United States and East Asia. Concerto collaborations included performances with conductors Reginald Stewart, Arthur Fiedler, David Moskowitz, and Herbert Hazelman. (more…)

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Commencement Profile Kyrese Washington BM Performance: Woodwinds

Kyrese Washington has played a number of instruments but has always come back to the flute:

“From the minute I picked up a flute in sixth grade band class, it just seemed easy for me to make music with it.”

Throughout middle and high school in their hometown of Raleigh, Washington played through the woodwind section—flute, oboe, clarinet—switching instruments with ease, depending on what the band needed. In eighth grade, they started taking flute lessons at the Community Music School. Even then, Washington was ready and able to play anything they were handed:

“I just wanted to play music all the time. I played saxophone with the Community Music School’s jazz band. I played at their donor events. Anytime there was a performance opportunity, I jumped on it.” (more…)

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Commencement Profile Chelsea Hilding MFA Dance: Choreography

Chelsea Hilding is determined to break through the barrier of body image to make ballet more accessible:

“We’re told ballet is for very thin, young girls, and women. Ballet studios are so often decorated with gendered photos of girls in pink tutus. But I believe ballet is personal, and it’s for everyone. Ballet is the love of my life. I was always told I don’t have a body for it. And it got to the point where it was like she’s never going to have a career in this. Find something else. Well, look at me now—I’m still here!”

Hilding’s dance journey began in Vermont when she was just three years old. Her parents put her into a ballet class as an activity, not realizing that they’d enrolled her in what was actually a top-rate studio. It turned out to be exactly the right place for her:

“The studio was run very much like a conservatory. I had incredible training with ballet celebrities coming in for masterclasses. I latched on hard. By the time I was five, I knew I wanted to be a ballet instructor. That was the dream—not to be a dancer, but to be a teacher. I had this VHS tape of Barishnikov, which I studied until it wore out. I wrote dance combinations on the bus on the way to and from the studio.” (more…)