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John Hrehov
Jazz Festival
Arts Complex Completed
Melinda Haines
Charles "Chuck" O'Connor

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Soprano Molly Bock, graduating senior voice major, was the regional winner for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition. She will participate in the national competition in March during the MTNA National Convention in New York City.   


Arts Education alumna Karrie Detwiler ('06 B.F.A. Metals) was named Sandhills South/Central Regional Teacher of the Year in North Carolina on Dec. 12, 2011. Detwiler teaches art at J.W. Turlington Alternative School.This prestigious honor positions her to compete for North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Theatre alumnus Aaron Mann ('09 B.A.) recently completed a national tour of A Christmas Carol for the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. The lavish production has toured nationally since 1979 and featured lavish costumes and special effects for the four fantastic spirits who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve. Mann also is featured on the original cast album. 

Music major and guitarist Justin Zych continues to receive international requests for his Metallica medley for classical guitar, arranged in collaboration with Laura Lydy, continuing lecturer in guitar. He was recently contacted by a guitar ensemble instructor in Melbourne, Australia, for permission to perform the piece. The work appears on the Department of Music YouTube channel and has been viewed more than 46,000 times, making it a significant source of international communication for the department.  Listen 


Seven IPFW music majors were selected to participate in the Indiana Music Educators Associate (IMEA) Intercollegiate Honor Band during the recent convention in January at the Grand Wayne Center. VPA would like to congratulate Trever Curry, Neil Cindrich, Ben Essick, Kenny Woods, Chris Adamisin, Laura Tomlinson and Katie Hillyer for this prestigious honor.  

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IPFW Features John Hrehov

John Hrehov

Professor John Hrehov from the Department of Fine Arts was celebrated in February as one of four 2012 IPFW Featured Faculty. Each year, several IPFW professors are honored as featured faculty for their outstanding performance in the areas of research, scholarly activity or creative endeavor. Professors selected by the university illustrate the range and significance of their intellectual contributions that help distinguish IPFW as a center of excellence in higher education.   Read More

The Arts Embrace ipadTechnology

Teachers all across IPFW are finding new and innovative ways to bring technology to the classroom and VPA is leading the way. On April 24 at 7:30 p.m., the newly formed IPFW Multimedia Ensemble will present its first performance in Rhinehart Recital Hall.   Read More 

Eric Alexander
Eric Alexander
Present Jazz Festival
The spotlight once again will be focused on northeast Indiana's live, local jazz talent during the 12th annual WBOI Jazz Festival presented by IPFW on Friday, February 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. Renowned saxophonist Eric Alexander will headline an exciting evening of jazz offered in the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus. According to  Bill McKinney, vice chancellor for academic affairs at IPFW, "We are proud to be the centerpiece of a great collaborative effort between NIPR and IPFW."   Read More

Parking Garage 3Arts Complex Completed   
The opening of the new, technologically savvy $15.5 million parking garage on the north end of main campus means the completion of the IPFW arts complex is a reality. The complex encompasses the Visual Arts Building, Williams Theatre, and the Rhinehart Music Center. "we not only have the entire College of Visual and Performing Arts in one central location," explained Dean Charles O'Connor, "We now have the additional facilities we need to entertain and enlighten hundreds of patrons in the most professional way possible."  Read More

Haines Joins VPA

Melinda Haines
 Melinda Haines 

Melinda Haines recently took the helm as the new director of the Community Arts Academy (CAA) and assistant to the dean for community engagement.  Registration for the spring semester for CAA has been very successful and she is currently working with teachers planning a wide variety of summer camp experiences. "I'm excited to continue the fine programming for which the CAA is known, but also to increase the scope of the classes over time and increase the number of participating students," explained Haines.  Read More

Charles O'Connor
Charles O'Connor 

O'Connor Accepts Position in Nebraska

Chancellor Michael Wartell has accepted with reluctance the resignation of Charles "Chuck" O'Connor as dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), effective June 30, 2012. O'Connor has accepted the position as dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), effective July 1, 2012. O'Connor will be returning to a familiar place, as he taught theatre arts at UNL from 1993 to 2003. "My time at IPFW has been truly extraordinary and I am thankful to have had the chance to serve this special university. I am very proud of the accomplishments of the students, staff and faculty over the past four years. Being part of this community has been one of the happiest experiences of my life," said O'Connor. Read More