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Assistant Professor of Art Education Jane Cera gave two presentations at the National Art Education Association Annual Convention in New York. At the first presentation, she discussed the benefits of art education in the general education curriculum. The second presentation was about mentoring others in the art field. 

Ketevan Kartvelishvili won first prize in The Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition in Kankakee, Illinois on March 3rd.  Along with the cash prize is a performance with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra on April 15th.   Congratulations to her and her teacher, Martin Endowed Professor in Piano Alexander Toradze!

Tamara Garrett and Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews have been selected to perform with The South Bend Symphony in the 2013 Pops Concert at the Morris Performing Arts Center on February 16th, 2012.  They will be the featured soloists in selections from Porgy and Bess.  This will be the first time that student vocalists will perform as soloists with the South Bend Symphony! Garrett is a graduate student and Mitchell-Matthews is in his first year at IU South Bend.  They are both students of Vocal Instructor Deborah Mayer.

The IU South Bend Gospel Choir, directed by CreAnne Mwale, left on their second choir tour on Thursday, March 15th.  They performed at Third Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio and Trinity United Holy Church in Greenville, North Carolina.

Flute Instructor Rebecca Hovan attended the Mid-South Flute Festival on March 23-24 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  She presented a clinic entitled "Teaching the Rhythmically Challenged," performed on the afternoon recital, and conducted the Adult Flute Choir on the Saturday evening closing concert.

Associate Professor of Art History Andrea Rusnock received the REEI Summer Faculty Research Fellowship through their Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for her research project Old Stitches/New Patterns: Russian Fin-de-Siècle Needlework and Imperial Culture.  She also received a New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowship from IU for February 2012.

Tamra Garrett, Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews and Lauren Desrosiers of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts have been selected to participate in the Ezio Pinza Council for the American Singers of Opera (EPCASO) program in Oderzo, Italy this summer.  All three are students of music instructor and soprano Deborah Mayer, who is also an alumna of the EPCASO program. EPCASO is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and was started in the memory of Claudia Pinza's father, the legendary Bass, Enzi Pinza, to teach American singers Italian phrasing and provide them with a taste for the Italian culture. The program is an intense, six-week study program in the Veneto region of Italy. Students will have the opportunity to study voice with Claudia Pinza, La Scale coach Enzi Ferrara, legendary Italian soprano Maria Chiara, and Italian conductor Maurizio Arena.  Italian language classes will be part of their daily regime and the students will also study Baroque Repertoire with famed Mezzo Soprano, Vivian Gateaux, who is also an alumna of EPCASO and a student of Ms. Pinza. They will also prepare for concerts and staged performances in the Veneto region.

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Susan Moore has received a grant from the Research and Development Committee to support her project, Lake Michigan: A Photographic Residency.

Three works for cello, voice, and piano composed by Dean Marvin Curtis were performed at the Vides 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on March 22rd.  The three works were arrangements of spirituals and were performed by Deborah Nansteel (mezzo-soprano), Timothy Holley (cellist) and Marvin Mills (piano).

Assistant Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz’s work for solo cello Behold, The Lamb of God with cellist Kate Dillingham premiered at Episcopal Church of Heavenly Rest in New York City. This concert is part of their Music & Arts Series. This work will also be performed at the Queens New Music Festival presented by Random Access Music, New York on May 12, 2012 at 8pm. For more information visit their website.