School of the Arts

Reflecting on this busy season

Dean Marvin V. Curtis


It’s beginning to look a lot like finals…Yes the end of the semester is upon us.  The last day of class is December 9th followed by finals and then everyone gets to take a breather for a minute.  However until that time, we are on a constant pace.  It’s a Wonderful Life opens December 1st in our renovated Upstage Theater.  This production, done as a radio play from the 1940’s, will feature our students doing multiple roles with sound effects.  We have formed a partnership with public radio station WVPE FM and they will be broadcasting a performance of it on December 23rd at 7 p.m.  Tune in and hear our fabulous students doing radio drama-a first for us!  On December 9th we will once again celebrate the season with our  special Teddy Bear Concert starting at 7:30 p.m.  You will be treated to the sounds of the holiday season by the combined choirs of the school performing classic, new, and a little bit of gospel music.   Michael Wade, CreAnne Mwale, and I will each conduct a portion of the vocal selections as we are joined by The Symphonic Choir and our special guests, the Michiana Male Chorus directed by Bill Soderberg.  You will hear Ken Douglas and The Wind Ensemble and Jamie Cooper and the IU Philharmonic perform as well.  A special treat will be the world premier of A Christmas Reel by one of our students, Katherine Price.  This work, for choir and orchestra, will delight and ears and with the familiar and the new. The concert will conclude with a spectacular  extravaganza of The 12 Days of Christmas performed by everyone including 78 dancers  portraying all of the gifts. Over 150 people  will be on the stage for this and are you invited to bring a teddy bear  as your admission.  These bears will be donated to The Center for the Homeless.

As we reflect on this busy season, I invite us all to pause for a moment and remember that this is  time for family and friends and the remarkable made possible through the eyes of children.  Let’s not forget the childlike innocence and imagination that sometimes escapes us in this hectic world. For this is a time of wonder and splendor. Happy Holidays.