In the News

Dean Marvin Curtis attended Arts Day in Indianapolis on January 23rd. Sponsored by Indiana Coalition for the Arts (INCA), Arts Day gathers arts organizations from around the state to speak with legislators about the importance of the arts for economic development, job creation, education and quality of life.  Accompanying Dean Curtis for Arts Day were Liz Burnham, South Bend Symphony Orchestra; Ann Divine, Fischoff National Chamber Music Association; and Kristin Schwerha-Scott, Elkhart Civic Theatre. 

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Ron Monsma is on the cover of the new book, 100 Artists of the Midwest by E. Ashley Rooney. The book features an eight page article about Monsma and is due for release this spring. 

Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts Alec Hosterman’s photos of New Orleans was featured in the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Alfred J. Guillame’s newsletter.

The IU South Bend Gospel Choir, directed by CreAnne Mwale, performed at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on January 29th as a prelude for their upcoming tour to Toledo, OH and Greenville, NC. in March.

Associate Professor of Music Jorge Muniz’s cantata, Oda a Jovellanos, for tenor, chorus, and orchestra premiered in Spain on January 5th. Access a preview here

Associate Professor of Visual Arts Susan Moore has an exhibition on Friday, February 3rd at Artpost in South Bend as part of the First Fridays event. Moore’s series, Subdivided Views,  illustrates Ranch Acres subdivision where she lives. Says Artpost blog of Moore’s work, “In these quiet places, the underlying bucolic nature of the suburb is most evident. The wide-angle lens exaggerates the expansive lawns and amplifies the distance between the home and the camera, illustrating the privacy and the quiet isolation embodied in the subdivision.” The show is the first of three scheduled exhibitions, with two others to follow at Washington University in St. Louis and the Crossroads Gallery at IUPUI over the next few months.

Assistant Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz and wife, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jennifer Muñiz, were both chosen independently to present at the Thirtieth Great Lakes Regional Conference of The College Music Society at Harper College, in Chicago, Illinois, March 30–31, 2012. The American premiere of Jorge Muñiz's Sursum Corda, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and four percussionists will be performed.  Jennifer Muñiz will present a performance-lecture entitled: "Exploring the Twentieth-Century Piano Nocturne: The 'New' Salon Music?" This performance-lecture will examine the compositional approaches to the piano nocturne by three composers: Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber, and Judith Lang Zaimont.

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts received $25,000 from the Chancellor’s one time funding proposal for an Arts Summer Camp to be held this June on the campus.  In addition, The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County awarded the School of the Arts $5,000 for this project. 

Dean Marvin Curtis recently accepted a grant on behalf of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts from the Elkhart County Community Foundation. The $4,700 grant will support the Summer Theater Program at the Lerner Theater. The program is a summer arts camp that will feature four productions: A Raisin in the Sun, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, HMS Pinafore and Johnny Appleseed. The grant also provides free tickets for students to see Johnny Appleseed in July and returns A Raisin in the Sun’s guest director Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. for a symposium in August.

Associate Professor of Music Jorge Muniz received a new commission for a piano quintet for the Fall 2013 International Piano Festival.

The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is invited to participate in Fridays by the Fountain in August, which is sponsored by the Morris Performing Arts Center.