Faculty and student newsmakers
Read here about the many awards, exhibitions, performances, book publishings, and other accomplishments of VPA faculty and students.
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Angky Budiardjono G’15, a graduate voice student in the Setnor School of Music, has been selected to participate in the advanced artist program at OperaWorks this summer for a four-week intensive singing program with founder and artistic director Ann Baltz. Budiardjono participated in the Baker Artist Program with Baltz at the Setnor School in October.
Peppie Calvar, assistant professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, recently served as producer on a premiere recording of Antonio Lotti's Gloria No. 1. The project was featured the Piedmont Baroque Consortium, a collaboration between the Firebird Arts Alliance and VOX, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and others. He traveled to Tunkhannock, Pa., to conduct the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All Region IV High School Choral Ensemble. One of the pieces on the program was his Cantico de Isaias, which was recently accepted for publication by Colla Voce Publications.
Timothy Davis-Reed, professor of practice of on-camera acting in the Department of Drama, hosted and narrated Losing Ground: The Race to Preserve War of 1812 Battlefields in New York State on WCNY, Syracuse’s PBS affiliate.
Brian Giniewski, shop technician at DesignWorks in the Department of Design, has an exhibition of new work, made since he moved to Syracuse in October, on view through March 29 at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Mo.
Music for wind ensemble by Daniel S. Godfrey, professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, was performed this past semester at the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago by Nova Winds in Virginia and at Florida State University, Michigan State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of South Florida (USF). The USF Wind Symphony will perform Godfrey's Colors Aloft, a concert march for wind ensemble, in Carnegie Hall this month. In April, Godfrey's Four Dawns over Bard's Isle, a saxophone concerto with a chamber ensemble of 16 players, will receive performances in Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; and Iowa City, Iowa, by the University of Iowa's Center for New Music.
Bob Halligan, instructor of music in the Setnor School of Music, performed in the concert “50 Years of the Beatles” at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse. He and his band, Ceili Rain, will be performing at various venues during March and May. Visit the band's web site for a full schedule.
Janet Hazard-Ambrose, associate professor of textiles in the Department of Design, was the visiting artist at the Cazenovia Artisan Gallery in Cazenovia, N.Y., for the month of February. Hazard-Ambrose’s work is made entirely from Alpaca fiber harvested from her own Alpacas, which she raises in Jamesville, N.Y. She shears and processes the fiber entirely through to the finished knitted fabric. Her show, Raising Art, highlighted her ability to use her brilliantly dyed fiber and gradually grade it from one color into another.
Kyoungju Kim, instructor of film in the Department of Transmedia, will have her film experimental Melt in the Shade screened in Another Experiment by Women Film Festival in New York City on March 6.
Alex Koziara, associate professor of theater design and technology in the Department of Drama, designed the costumes for the department's production of Speed-the-Plow.
Harumi Rhodes, assistant professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, recently performed in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall with her former high school's string ensemble StringJam. StringJam is a conductorless string ensemble comprised of students from the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey. Rhodes performed Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041.
Amardo Rodriguez, professor of communication and rhetorical studies in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, has written a new book with Donathan Brown: When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates (Praeger).
Anthony Salatino, associate professor of musical theater in the Department of Drama, directed and choreographed the recent production of Maria de Buenos Aires at Syracuse Opera. Next he will choreograph Carmen for the Virginia Opera this month.
Tom Sherman, professor of art video in the Department of Transmedia, had his video, Hyperventilation 2011, featured in Screen Test, an exhibition at Vtape in Toronto, Ontario. Sherman is also featured on Gizmodo in the featured interview "How the Video Age was Born, Decades before YouTube."
Sam Van Aken, associate professor of sculpture in the Department of Art, was a speaker at TEDx Manhattan on March 1 in New York City.
Andrew Waggoner, professor of music in the Setnor School of Music, will have his quartet for oboe and strings, Down/Up, premiered on April 14 in Boston by oboist Peggy Pearson and Winsor Music; also in April his Deux chansons sur Robert Desnos will be performed at the Stone in New York City by mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and JACK Quartet violinist Ari Streisfeld, part of the JACK's weeklong residency, April 1-6 at the Stone. On July 20 Waggoner's This Powerful Rhyme, Sonnet Cycle after Shakespeare for two actors and 10 players, will be performed in Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Music Center as part of the 2014 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.