June 2013 


 Arts Weekly Community Arts Academy 

In this Issue  


Robert Bean Steps Down

Climbing the Academic Ladder

Film Premeire at Cinema Center

Dan Butler to Direct and Star

Creative Endeavors This Summer

Gabbard in Los Angeles Gallery

Patel Joins Education Week

Summer Exhibitions

Piano Competition Winners

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VCD Assistant Professor Andres Montenegro won the residency award for his animated film project,"The Little Quest of Petrovsky," at the Carrefour de la Creation at The International Animation Festival Competition of Annecy, France. Double Metre Animation adjudicated this film category. Annecy will support its production and development in Paris in December 2013. The short animated film will be distributed in France, Europe and presented at Annecy's 2014 festival.



Music major Drew Low was a semi-finalist in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition held in New York City in May. The competition, sponsored by the Gerda Lissner Foundation , was created by Mrs. Lissner, a Metropolitan Opera subscriber for 77 years in an effort to provide young opera singers with the financial support they need to pursue their craft and excel in the world of opera. 




Recent graduate Nathan Garner ('13, music and theatre) is performing in summer stock at the Huron Playhouse, Ohio's oldest continuing summer theatre, which opened in 1949. The 2013 summer season includes The Wizard of Oz; Dangerous Corner; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Blithe Spirit; and Gypsy.



Jim Gabbard has accepted an invitation to serve on the board of directors of the Garrett Museum of Art in Garrett, Ind. His voluntary services will include strategic planning and marketing of museum exhibits.



VCD students Zach Craft, Tia Harper and Jonathan Joseph Marony each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Fort Wayne chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AdFed) in May. University students who participated in the scholarship competition each submitted a portfolio of their work along with a statement of intent, which was then reviewed by panel of judges comprised of AdFed board members. Academic merit of the winners also was taken into consideration.


Bobby Rue Wilder ('12) was offered a graduate assistantship at the University of Maryland at College Park where he will be studying for his M.A. in Music History and Musicology.



VCD Assistant Professor Andres Montenegro presented a seminar on Emerging Technologies for Interactive Animation for Universidad de Playa Ancha in Valparaiso, Chile. The digital, live-streamed seminar presented to faculty and students was open to other artists, musicians, performers and designers.



Caleb Stuckey, piano student of Associate Professor Hamilton Tescarollo through the Community Arts Academy, was the winner of the Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) Hoosier Auditions, state round, Junior Division, held at Butler University in Indianapolis on May 25, 2013. One winner in each division of the competition will perform at the IMTA State Conference in November.




The Hope Arthur Orchestra accompanied the Fort Wayne Ballet during their Fort Wayne Ballet Too performance at Barr Street Market on June 20. Arthur, an IPFW music major, composed 16 different original compositions, which had distinct influences from the music of Eastern Europe, which were played by her 30-piece orchestra. Fort Wayne Ballet Too allows the dance institution to showcase the contemporary side of the company with a modern dance repertoire that far exceeds the boundaries of classical ballet.



Recent VCD graduate John Ilang-Ilang ('13) was hired immediately upon graduation by the prestigious local advertising agency Boyden and Youngblutt (B&Y) as a creative director. B&Y has been developing colorful, award-winning campaigns for local, regional and national clients, including IPFW, for the last 21 years.




Music major Kurt Roembke's three-movement electro-acoustic composition Hunting for Mushrooms was commissioned for the November 2012 IPFW John Cage Centennial celebration. The composition was greatly expanded and performed at the first Fort Wayne Fringe Festival in January 2013. Subsequently, excerpts from Hunting for Mushrooms were choreographed by Melinda Jean Myers for performances at the Illinois State University Spring Dance Concert in May 2013.



Local musician Fernando Tarango is completing his M.A. in Liberal Arts at IPFW with a concentration in Music Technology. Tarango maintains a busy performance schedule in addition to his studies. In the last year, he has performed in a variety of concerts with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and co-created children's programming with Sameer Patel for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Regional Discovery Concerts. He helped produce the first ever Fort Wayne Fringe Festival and composed music for the Mikaudatze Dance Theatre. He is also the front man and songwriter for the band, Wickersham Brothers, who have been featured on WBOI's Meet the Music.


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Robert Bean Steps Down

The Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Convention in Indianapolis in January 2006 was a watershed moment in the history of the Department of Music and in the career of Department of Music Chair Robert Bean. After manning the helm for the department since his arrival in September 2002, he saw his aspirations for the department coming true at the convention. "We dominated the state-wide convention that year," explained Bean. "Our chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (now known as the National Association for Music Education) was recognized as the chapter of the year for the state of Indiana, we had three ensembles accepted ...

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Climbing the Academic Ladder   

Dr. Barbara Resch was promoted to full professor in music education in spring 2013. Assuming the duties of chair of the Department of Music on July 1, Resch has served as director of music education and associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She received the

B. Mus. in organ performance from Valparaiso University, M.F.A. in musicology from Syracuse University and D.M.E. from Indiana University. Dr. Resch's research interests include teenagers' contextual decisions about music, implications for music education of brain-based learning, and curriculum development in music education. She is currently past president of the Indiana Music Educators Association, and has participated in music education policy and organizational discussions on the state, regional and national levels. Visit her faculty page.


Jeffrey Casazza was promoted to associate professor of theatre with tenure in spring 2013. Currently head of acting, movement and voice for the Department of Theatre, he  received his M.F.A. in directing from Florida State University where he worked with

Fred Chappell and Jose Quintero.

He received his B.S. in theatre from Ball State University. His focus in

the teaching of acting is to integrate the performer's skills in acting, voice and movement. His research interests include Stanislavski, Meisner and Chekhov; the Linklater Technique; and Suzuki, Viewpoints, Boal and Margolis Method. Visit his faculty page.


Hamilton Tescarollo, director of keyboard studies, was promoted to associate professor of music with tenure in spring 2013. He

holds piano performance degrees from Arizona State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Faculdade Santa Marcelina (B.M.), and a piano diploma from Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo. Tescarollo, an award-winning musician, maintains an extensive professional performance career. Recent performances have taken him to Austria, Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. A dedicated teacher, his award-winning students have won competitions throughout the United States. Visit his faculty page.

Film Premiere at Cinema Center

After more than two years of work, Cerulean is set to premiere at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center on Friday, August 9 at 8:15 p.m. Visual Communication and Design Visiting Instructor Allen Etter and his students have lived with Cerulean as their constant companion throughout the lengthy directing, filming and editing process and they are excited for the region to see the results of their hard work and diligence. Read more.


Dan Butler to Direct and Star

One of the most exciting aspects of the IPFW Department of Theatre's 2013-14 subscription season is a production of Our Town in December, directed by and starring Fort Wayne native  Dan Butler. Butler will direct    a contemporary approach to Thornton Wilder's American classic where audience members will be closely involved in an emotionally unforgettable look at the everyday lives of the people who make up Grover's Corners. Read more.

Creative Endeavors This Summer


Fine arts major Josh Pyburn recently returned from studying at the Indiana Limestone Symposium from June 9 -15, 2013 in Bloomington, Ind., located in Monroe County, which is part of the Indiana Stone Belt. The session consisted of seven days of immersive instruction in hand-carving limestone, including design, moving stone, splitting blocks, roughing out, using hand and pneumatic tools and lettering. Different guest instructors were featured each session.


Assistant Professor of Theatre Mark DeLancey is set designer and technical director for Millbrook Playhouse.

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Gabbard Photography Exhibited

VCD continuing lecturer and international photographer Jim Gabbard has had two photographs from the Dominican Republic

accepted in the juried gallery exhibit for the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles title "I'll Be Your Mirror" Portrait Photography Exhibition.

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Patel Joins Education Week

VCD alumnus and current associate faculty Swikar Patel ('12, photography) has accepted a job with Education Week in Bethesda, Maryland. Education Week is a weekly national publication focusing on K-12 educational issues.
Patel's exhuberant style of photography, as seen on the the left, capturing Carroll High School's winning 3200 meter relay team during the 110th Indiana Boys Track and Field State Finals, will be a great asset to the publication. Read more.


Summer Exhibitions
Works by junior fine arts major  Brenda Drayer and Department of Fine Arts adjunct faculty Derek Decker have been accepted in exhibitions this summer. Derek was included in the exhibition Hard Ware: National Ceramic Exhibit this summer. Decker's ceramic piece (above) titled "99%" was shown in the Duncan-McAsher Gallery.  Drayer's work (right) was selected for Clothing Is Optional, a juried exhibition sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) in New York City.
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Gene Marcus Piano Competition Winners

The final round of the IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition was held in the Rhinehart Recital Hall on Sunday, June 9, where more than $3,000 in prize money was awarded to 12 students in four age divisions. This marked the second year for the competition. Read more.