Trumpet Ensemble Selected as Quarterfinalist in National Competition

Trumpet ensemble

The Syracuse University Trumpet Ensemble, based in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music, has been named a quarterfinalist in the large ensemble division of the National Trumpet Competition, which will be held March 19-21 at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Penn. This is the first time the ensemble has been selected as a quarterfinalist.

The nine-member ensemble performs under the direction of John Raschella, instructor of trumpet in the Setnor School. It will perform “Contours,” a piece written for the ensemble by composer and Setnor alumnus Sean O’Loughlin ’95, on Thursday, March 19.

The National Trumpet Competition is an organization that provides an educational outlet for young trumpet players from around the United States. Its offerings include a yearly competition, masterclasses, and concerts.

Syracuse Stage Presents the Critically Acclaimed Play ‘The Wolves’

The Wolves

The Syracuse Stage season continues with the critically acclaimed “The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama about nine young women soccer players. Co-produced with the Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and directed by Melissa Rain Anderson, “The Wolves” runs Jan. 22–Feb. 16 in the Storch Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Read the full story.

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Designing for the United Nations

It was a coincidence that resulted not only in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) design students, but a first for the college’s School of Design itself. Rebecca Kelly, assistant professor of communications design, was looking for ways to engage her students in a real-life design project, with emphasis on the need for future designers to think and work globally. At the same time, the United Nations was seeking assistance in designing its presence for Expo 2020 Dubai, highlighting the organization’s 75 years of existence. By pure happenstance, Kelly saw the U.N.’s general call to universities for help designing the exhibition “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” She responded, offering all of the design majors as collaborators with the international organization, and was accepted. Continue Reading

Finding the Beat, Finding the Story: Researching Music Education

David Kanpp

Where is hip-hop in school music education, asks David Knapp?

Music education should stress the vernacular—that is, reflect the music language of students—says Knapp, assistant professor of music education in the School of Education and the Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, who uses hip-hop, rock and steel drums in his efforts to reach more students.

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Capturing Beauty and Tragedy on Jeju Island

Charlotte Howard in front of a waterfall.

A summer SOURCE grant allows art photography major Charlotte Howard to explore the secrets of a South Korean paradise.

Charlotte Howard ’20 dreamed of visiting South Korea for years before she actually traveled there last summer. The art photography major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) secured an internship in Seoul and spent almost a year planning her trip. “I made a connection with Izzy Schreiber, a fashion photographer working in Seoul, and he took me on as an intern for the summer,” Howard says. “South Korea is rich in popular culture, and I am fascinated by Korean aesthetics and how they emerge in U.S. visual culture.”

Alumni Spotlight: James Martin ’19

James MartinIn September, James Martin ’19, a graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS), began working as a press secretary for U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.-5). Martin is responsible for interacting with press on a daily basis, managing the congressman’s social media, organizing press events, and writing speeches.

“As a CRS major, my classes have prepared me for the high-pressure environment that I have to work through on a daily basis,” says Martin. “I’m so grateful for my professors and mentors that have helped me with this wonderful opportunity.”

Martin was originally going to work for Gottheimer’s campaign in the digital and fundraising department but was asked to join the official team in August.

Martin has completed internships with U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, the Partnership for Public Service and a private investigative firm. He hopes to own his own digital media, PR, and communications firm in the future as well.

Design Senior Named 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar

Courtney Jiggetts Courtney Jiggetts, a senior environmental and interior design major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design, was named a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar. The program awards 1,000 college and university students the opportunity to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit, an immersive experience that brings together the best minds across industries, venture capitalism, public policy and other disciplines to learn, network, collaborate, recruit and exchange ideas.

This year’s summit was held in Detroit in late October, and Jiggetts was able to attend and participate in a variety of events, including specific programming for the scholars.Courtney Jiggetts

“There are no words to truly express the dynamic of the experience in its entirety,” says Jiggetts. “I had the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s greatest and most ingenious thinkers and game-changers from a variety of industries, from technology to social media. I participated in discourse, events and panels centered around extremely complex topics, all geared toward redefining the ways in which we not only think about our world, but the ways in which we engage with it.”

The summit featured more than 200 speakers, including athletes Serena Williams, CEO of Serena Ventures, and Kevin Durant, co-founder and partner of Thirty Five Ventures; a start-up hub, where start-ups in a variety of sectors demonstrated their new ideas and inventions; and such panel discussions as “Venture Capital Secrets: What They Look For,” “The Roadmap to Building a Sustainable Future” and “Building Companies Outside of Silicon Valley,” all of which Jiggetts found memorable.

“The summit was an experience of everlasting impact, providing me with the opportunity to network with some of the industry’s brightest,” says Jiggetts. “I gained tools, tactics and resources that will last me a lifetime and am so fortunate to have been selected to attend the summit as a scholar. I am proud to have been able to represent Syracuse University.”