January 2013


 Arts Weekly 

Community Arts Academy  

In This Issue
Patel's Winning Photograph
Decker Weiss Exhibit
Students in the Fringe
Brushing Up Brush Up
Prize-Winning CAA Student

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Music education major Amy Schwarz presented a research poster entitled "Classical Connections" at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) professional development conference on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. Schwarz' research grew out of her Chapman Scholars senior project during Fall 2012 in which she arranged recitals by IPFW student musicians in area retirement communities. After each recital the audience members filled out surveys indicating their level of enjoyment of the music, as well as information about their early musical training and experience. While the research did not show a significant connection between early music education and enjoyment of the music, there was a connection between concert attendance as young people and current interest in concert attendance.


Assistant Professor of Theatre Jeff Casazza is the recipient of a 2013 Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Grant in the amount of $8,000 for his continued theatrical research work in Europe. This summer Casazza will be working on his research project entitled "Prosperina/Persephone Variations: Exploring the Voice Using Classical Texts."



Picture above is the recent design work of Taryn Parker ('11 VCD) has been causing a sensation in Denver. Her brand design for the recent Denver Broncos' NFL playoffs was featured city-wide on buses, light rails, benches and kiosks. Parker was a student of VCD associate faculty Kryste Wallen and is employed by the Denver Broncos Football Club as a graphic design assistant. Next Level

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Robert Phillips as Fagin and Sam Smiley as Oliver.

It's a Fine Life

Oliver!, the beloved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist runs from Feb. 8 - 17, 2013, at the Arts United Center and audiences are in for a delightful new "twist" when Julie Jahn uses some exciting sign-language techniques to interpret the final performance on Sunday, February 17.

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Swikar Patel Lauded by Wall Street Journal
VCD graduate and current associate faculty Swikar Patel was celebrated as having one of the Best Photographs of the Year 2012 by the Wall Street Jourrnal (WSJ).This image of the swan was captured on a Fort Wayne creek in early October.The WSJ editors pick the best photos of the year organized by category, date and location.These photos represent the key moments and defining images of the year.

On Feb. 13, 2013, when guest artist Kate Boyd sits down at 7:30 p.m. to perform at the seven-foot Steinway "prepared" piano in Rhinehart Recital Hall, she will perform some of the most avant-garde, manipulated music most of us ever have heard coming from this classical instrument.  She will be playing Sonatas and Interludes by contemporary composer John Cage (1912-1992). Read More.

Decker and Weiss Exhibit Their Work at Alma Mater

There is a stunning new exhibition at the IPFW Visual Arts Gallery featuring Department of Fine Arts adjunct faculty Patricia Weiss and Derek Decker. Derek Decker and Patricia Weiss: Ceramics and Painting continues through February 10, 2013. Read More.

Hope Arthur (l.) and Kurt Roembke perform at FW Fringe Festival
Students in the Fringe

The first annual Fort Wayne Fringe Festival will feature two IPFW Department of Music students when it debuts this weekend at Wunderkammer Company located at 3402 Fairfield Avenue in the former Casa D'Angelo location. Singer/songwriter and pianist Hope Arthur will debut music from her upcoming album when she and her orchestra take the stage. An eclectic mix of classical piano, quirky accordion and sounds of the orchestra set her music apart. Arthur is a senior Music and an Outside Field major at IPFW. Read More.

Brushing Up Brush Up
The Brush Up Your Shakespeare tour is absolutely free to area high schools and this year offers an exciting workshop option that teachers can take advantage of when they book the performance at their school. 

Prize-Winning Piano Student

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra announced Caleb Stuckey as the winner of their recent concerto audition held Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Stuckey performed Edvard Grieg's Concerto in A Minor and will perform it again April 28, 2013 with the Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Cooke. Read More.