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Music Department News
Hope Chapel Choir Releases Compact Disc
Students Honored in Singing Competitions
Multiple Hope students have earned honors during recent regional singing competitions.
Five students received recognition, including two first-place awards, during the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Great Lakes Regional Competition, held at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, March 6. Two of the students had previously been named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition held at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids on Friday, Feb. 26.
Multiple Hope Music Groups to Tour During Spring Break
Four Hope College musical ensemble have scheduled spring tours.
The Chapel Choir, Symphonette, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Arts Collective will conduct multi-day tours beginning Thursday, March 18.
Research Project to Study Jazz in Japan
A Hope College professor and his student research team have received support to study how the distinctly American art form of jazz has thrived in Japan for decades.
Dr. Robert Hodson, associate professor of music, has received a $26,000 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellowship for his project "Jazz in Japan: Music, Community, Culture." The grant, which funds collaborative student-faculty research in Asia, will provide support as he and four students travel to Japan for three weeks in July to study the Tokyo jazz scene by attending performances and interviewing performers, club owners, students and listeners.
TV Production of Vespers Receives Awards
Alumna Meredith Arwady Appears in Met Opera on PBS
Meredith Arwady, who is a 2000 Hope graduate, is a member of the cast of the New York Metropolitan Opera's production of "Doctor Atomic" being featured on local PBS station WGVU-TV35/WGVK-TV52 this month.
The station will present "Independent Lens: Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic" on Friday, Dec. 19, and on Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
The production itself will be presented through "Great Performances at the Met" on Monday, Dec. 29, from 9 p.m. until midnight and on Monday, January 5 from midnight until 3 a.m.
Hope to Feature “Pipedreams Live!” on Sept. 22
Hope College will be the featured location for a recording of the radio show "Pipedreams Live!" on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
"Pipedreams," the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ, is coming to HopeCollege for a "Pipedreams Live!" performance with "Pipedreams" host Michael Barone. "Pipedreams" is produced and distributed by American Public Media and can be heard every Sunday at 7 a.m. on Blue Lake Public Radio, WBLV 90.3 FM (Muskegon and the Lakeshore) and WBLU 88.9 FM (Grand Rapids).
The Sept. 22 "Pipedreams Live!" concert will feature Hope College resident organist Huw Lewis and Hope College students and alumni showcasing Dimnent Memorial Chapel's restored 1928 E.M. Skinner pipe organ. The performance is a culmination of the organ's rededication over the past year in which Hope College hosted renowned organists Olivier Latry and Diane Bish.
Students Honored in Regional Singing Competition
Multiple Hope students earned honors during the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Great Lakes Regional Competition, held at YoungstownStateUniversity in Ohio on Saturday, March 7.
Jared Graybiel, a junior from Lebanon, Ind., took first place in the College Musical Theatre Division. Ross Green, a junior from Plainwell, took first place in the Third-Year College Men Division. Sarah Ashcroft, a sophomore from Holland, took third place in the Second-Year College Women Division. Briana Sosenheimer, a junior from Fort Wayne, Ind., received honorable mention in the Third-Year College Women Division.