September 2013  


 Arts Weekly Community Arts Academy 

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World-Renowned Flute Duet

Summer Accomplishments

Piano Competition on PBS39

New College Leadership

Full-Time Faculty Welcome

Confluence Premieres

Vernon Releases Two CDs

Early Music Tour at IPFW

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Jane Frazier ('00, theatre) has accepted the position of assistant professor of theatre at Vincennes University. Frazier will be teaching theatre appreciation, acting, theatre history and directing. This fall she will direct Once Upon a Mattress, which will open in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Oct. 24. Frazier also will be responsible for maintaining the department's NAST accreditation. Frazier earned a Master's in theatre pedagogy at Virginia Commonwealth University and most recently has been an associate faculty member at IPFW and Manchester University. 

As part of the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards celebration of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences,  Sam Savage D.M.A., assistant professor of voice in the Department of Music received a 2012 GRAMMY Award Certificate of Participation. Savage was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus featured in the 2012 Best Opera Recording of Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen. Savage again participated this summer in the Götterdämmerung chorus at the Metropolitan Opera on April 23, May 2 and 11, 2013.


Jason Simon, senior piano performance major, presented a chamber music recital during the IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp, collaborating with string players Brian Klickman, senior cello performance major at Cleveland Institute of Music; Aaron Mossburg, Oberlin Conservatory of Music alumnus, viola performance major; Caleb Mossburg, IU-Bloomington alumnus, violin performance major, and Rachel Mossburg, incoming student at Oberlin Conservatory, viola performance major. The group performed Dvorak's Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, and Jason and Hamilton Tescarollo performed Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major.  


Lucas Carter ('13, photography) is working to earn his master's degree in organizational leadership supervision at IPFW and is now the new athletics media services graduate assistant in charge of photography. He will serve as the men's volleyball sports information media contact and will oversee the sports photography internship offered by the athletic department. For more information on Carter's work visit: 


Pauline Anstead ('12, fine arts) will be teaching art to grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at Queen of Angels Catholic School in Fort Wayne, beginning in fall 2013. Queen of Angels is a K-8 grade school operated by the Fort Wayne South Bend Diocese. "I'm really looking forward to teaching," said Anstead. "This is the first time that the school has hired an art teacher whose concentration was in fine arts."   


IPFW music majors Hope Arthur, Mario Cervantes, Alec Rajcany, Jason Simon, Jordan Tomecek and IPFW Community Arts Academy (CAA) student Caleb Stuckey performed at the Northeast Indiana Music Teachers Association Germanfest Recital at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church on June 3, 2013


In June 2013, IPFW senior piano performance major Jason Simon performed at the Allen County - Fort Wayne History Center's annual banquet, in the History Center Ballroom.


Evan Keenan ('11, piano performance) is the worship pianist at First Christian Church of Fort Wayne where he also teaches piano lessons. Keenan also teaches piano at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne.  


Elsie Johnson ('10, piano performance) graduated with a double master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy from

Butler University, Indianapolis, where she was a graduate assistant for two years and won the university concerto competition. She teaches for the Butler Community Arts School and the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy and will continue as a staff accompanist at the Butler School of Music.

An article by Associate Professor of Music Hamilton Tescarollo, director of keyboard studies,

was published in American Music Teacher, the official journal of the Music Teachers National Association in the June/July issue. The article titled This & That explores alternative repertoire choices for C.P.E. Bach's Solfeggietto. Tescarollo also was one of the judges for the Ohio Music Teachers' Association Buckeye Auditions at Bowling Green State University on June 1. Other judges for the final round, a state-wide piano competition, included Christopher Harding from University of Michigan and Mary Siciliano from Oakland University. 


Jessica Sokolowski
('13, theatre) has designed costumes for the rock musical

Next to Normal being produced by the Custom Made Theatre Co. in San Francisco, Calif. The

Tony- and Pulitzer-winning rock musical explores how one "normal" suburban family deals with a mental health crisis and runs from Sept. 17 - Oct. 13.  

Manny Colburn

('13, music) has received a full-tuition scholarship to study at the University of Delaware. Colburn, who plays the tuba, will be working to earn his master of music degree under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Music Chad Nicholson.

Community Arts Academy student Caleb Stuckey, age 16, placed first in the junior division in the Indiana Music Teachers Association Hoosier Auditions final round on May 25 at Butler University in Indianapolis. As the state winner, he is invited to perform at the IMTA State Conference in November. IPFW sophomore music major Mario Cervantes, studying in the music technology program, received honorable mention in the collegiate division.

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World-Renowned Flute Duet

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A beautiful confluence of North and South Indian bamboo flute music by internationally revered artists Shashank Subramanyam and Rakesh Chaurasia starts the second season of the IPFW and Shruti of Fort Wayne Indian Performance Series on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7: 30 p.m. IPFW and Shruti strive to bring to Fort Wayne world-renowned performers who represent the diverse Indian artists, dancers and musicians who tour the United States and abroad. Read more about the performers coming in March, 2014.

Summer Vacation Exemplified  

Ushenko Chicago Painting 

IPFW Fine Arts Professor Audrey Ushenko demonstrated her painting techniques in the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) Atrium in Chicago during a week-long interactive project sponsored by the Illinois State Museum from July 22 - 26, where she engaged the public in the creative process and fostered public discussion. Ushenko sketched and painted for the public, documenting the people who go through the building each day. Ushenko did a similar painting for IPFW that hangs in the Rhinehart Lobby.


Associate Professor of Music Melanie Bookout attended the 51st Viola da Gamba Society Conclave in July at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Approximately 180 viola da gamba players from around the world attended the week-long workshop and concert series where they gathered to play music, attend classes and hear featured performers. The viola de gamba is a six-or seven-string bowed instrument that was popular during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Bookout also serves on the board of directors and two subcommittees for the conclave.


Jeff Casazza, associate professor of theatre, was a member of the international cast of The Proserpina Variations: The Wrath of Mother Nature, performed at the Festival di Teatro Eco Logico in Stromboli, Italy from June 22-26. Read about more faculty successes and accomplished over the summer.

Piano Competition Airs on PBS39

"The IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition and Camp are successful events on so many levels," said Melinda Haines, director of the IPFW Community Arts Academy. "They aim to encourage young pianists to strive for excellence, and provide venues for them to both develop and show their artistry and be recognized."


The 2013 IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition Winners Recital, in which the top three contestants in each of the four age divisions performed, will be aired on WFWA/PBS39 on Oct.13 at 7:00 p.m. "The events involve IPFW piano faculty and students (both current and former), as well as guest artists and teachers," explained Haines. Read more about the faculty, students and alumni that help make this camp and competition so successful.

New Leaders

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to welcome current colleagues in their new administrative roles. Dr. Barbara Resch, professor of music, will serve as the new chair of the Department of Music and Craig A. Humphrey, associate professor of theatre will serve as the interim chair of the Department of Theatre for the 2013-14 academic year. Read more about these two department chairs.

Welcome New Full-Time Faculty


Jonathan Busarow, M.M.

Associate Faculty

Director of University Singers and Chamber Ensemble

Daniel Tembras, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor

Director of Instrumental Studies

Kryste Wallen, M.B.A.

Visiting Instructor in Graphic Design

Gina Jisun Yi, Ph.D

Visiting Instructor in Music Education

Read more about their degrees and professional experience.

International Premiere in Buenos Aires

Audi, Rutkowski, Tescarollo 

Buenos Aires, Argentina and the College Music Society's International Conference was the summer destination for two music faculty members where Confluence, the new composition for cello and piano written by Chris Rutkowski for the Audi-Tescarollo Duo received an international premiere. Read more the composition and the exciting venues in Argentina.  

Centaur Releases Two Vernon CDs

Associate Professor Farrell Vernon recently released two CDs through Centaur Records. Convergence: Sopranino Saxophone Across the Centuries (CRC3252) and Sempre Saxophone Quartet: Music of William Schmidt, (CRC3262) are both available on Amazon and iTunes. Convergence was recorded with a number of musical artists associated with the IPFW Department of Music including Melanie Bookout, viola da gamba; Brandon Ford, percussion; Laura Lydy, guitar, and Hamilton Tescarollo, piano.

Vernon CD Convergence 

 Locke and Loaded  Tour at IPFW

Locke and Loaded

Melanie Bookout, associate professor of music, has been rehearsing for six concerts all set for performance in fall 2013. Three of these concerts will be part of the Locke and Loaded tour, a collaboration between IPFW baroque gambists Melanie and Russell Bookout, Fort Wayne baroque soloists and New Comma Baroque. Locke and Loaded will feature English music spanning a period of great musical and political upheaval featuring works by Hely, Locke, Jenkins, Purcell, Simpson and Young. Performances are scheduled for Indiana Wesleyan, Valparaiso University and IPFW on Saturday, September 14,at the Rhinehart Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m. Contact the IPFW Box Office at 260-481-6551 or