Students Create Original Play

Mentored by Dr. Kristen Morgan and Dr. Alycia Bright Holland, students collectively devised an original play, based on oral histories of Willimantic community members, and research conducted at the Connecticut Studies Center, Windham Textile Musem, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Whitney Museum. Thread City, the resulting work, will be produced as part of the 2017-18 Theatre Main Stage Season. Below is a list of students participating in the project:

Lita Braswell-Lane
Tielar Brown
Connor Coffey
Nathan Cusson
Emily John
Jack Kayan
Julia Leitao
Hanna Madler
Robert McDonald
Sam Nicefaro
Nicole Rivera

9 Eastern Students Perform in NYC

Since 1994 Eastern Theatre students and faculty have come together at the end of the academic year to participate in intensive learning opportunities in New York City. This May 2017, fifteen Theatre students and seven Theatre faculty will participate in Eastern’s 22nd NYC Showcase Study Tour which was originally offered every year and now is on a bi-annual basis. Students will present Scenes, Songs, and Monologues 2017 directed by Jerry Winters in the DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater (first floor of the Fine Arts Instructional Center) on Monday, May 8th at 7pm as a preview at Eastern of what will then be presented in NYC in the Producer’s Club Crown Theatre (358 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Sunday, May 21st at 4pm and Monday, May 22nd at 7pm. At Eastern, admission is free and donations towards the upcoming NYC Showcase will gratefully accepted at the door. Admission for the show at the Producer’s Club in NYC will be free for Eastern students, faculty, and staff and invited professionals  (please show letter of invitation); $5 for Eastern alumni; $10 for the general public. For reservations, please call the FAIC box office at 860-465-5123 or email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu.

Acting Ensemble Biographies:

Scott Butler of Salem, Ct, is a Senior double major in Music with a Vocal Performance concentration and in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, he acted in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and in Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater); Pornography; South Pacific; and in Ferris Wheel as part of Short Stuff 2015 (Harry Hope Theatre) and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Student Center Theatre). Scott co-directed Awkward Silences as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater).

Nathan Cusson of Windham, CT, is a Junior Theatre major with dual concentrations in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, Nathan acted in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre); Hamlet for children of all ages and in Power Plays: Medusa’s Tale and in The Man Who Turned Into A Stick (DelMonte Studio Theater); Julius Caesar; Phoenix New Plays Series: Shorts 2016 – Bad-News-Diner Dinner; and the Freshmen Showcase (Student Center Theater). Nathan directed Attack Of The Moral Fuzzies as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater). Shows outside of Eastern include The Diary Of Anne Frank, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Miracle Worker and Marcus is Walking with the Windham Theatre Guild. He is also an active member of Drama Society, Reading Between the Lines, and the Improvisation Club. He participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

Emily John of Woodstock Valley, CT, is a Junior Theatre major with a concentration in Acting and Directing and minors in Music and English. At Eastern, she performed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical  (Proscenium Theater); Power Plays: Medusa’s Tale (DelMonte Studio Theatre) and in South Pacific (Harry Hope Theatre). Outside of Eastern, she acted in Tango With
the Moon (workshop model productions); Frost Nixon (Bradley PLayhouse); The Four Seasons Ballet (The Complex Performing Arts Center); Les Miserables (Hyde School); and Godspell (Complex Performing Arts Center). Emily directed The Man Who Couldn’t Dance as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater).

Julia Leitao of New Britain, CT, is a Junior double major in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and in Education. At Eastern she performed in The Battle Of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry and in The Philadelphia (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater); Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre); Phoenix New Plays Series: Shorts 2016 – Ebol-A-Rama (Student Center Theatre) and in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (directed by guest artist Lenore Grunko) in the Harry Hope Theatre. Outside of Eastern, she performed in Aladdin; Nutcracker; Into The Woods; Hairspray; and Shrek. Julia participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

Corey Lorraine of Oakdale, CT, is a Senior double major in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing and in Mathematics. At Eastern, he acted in Electric Roses as part of Short Stuff 2017 (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater). Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre) for which he was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate; Doubt; Johnsonville 2015; South Pacific (Harry Hope Theatre) for which he was chosen as a KCACTF Richard Maltby Jr. Musical Theatre Candidate); The Laramie Project; Prelude to a Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley) and in The Skin Of Our Teeth (directed by guest artist Jerry Winters). Outside of Eastern, he acted in Footloose; Guys and Dolls; and The Music Man.

Hanna Madler of South Windsor, CT, is a Senior double major in Accounting and in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, Hanna has acted in Cantilever; Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical; and Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theatre); Broken Hearts as part of Short Stuff 2017 and Power Plays: Out Of Our Father’s House (DelMonte Studio Theater) for which she was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan nominee; and in the Harry Hope Theatre in Pornography; The Skin of Our Teeth (directed by guest artist Jerry Winters) and has been a costume runner for The Laramie Project (Harry Hope Theatre). Hanna worked as wardrobe head for Prelude to A Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley); On The Verge; and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (directed by guest artist Lenore Grunko) in the Harry Hope Theatre. She was the assistant costume designer for South Pacific and co-designer with Kayla Mainuli for the Experimental Theatre show Johnsonville (Harry Hope Theatre). During Summer 2015, Hanna was an Arts Administration Intern at The Hartford Stage and also Arts Management Assistant for the Theatre program’s Director of Theatre (AY 2015-2016).

Sam Nicefaro of Hamden, CT, is a Senior Theatre major with a concentration in Acting and Directing and a minor in Communication. At Eastern, he acted in The Philadelphia and Attack Of The Moral Fuzzies as part of Short Stuff 2017; Hamlet for children of all ages; and in Power Plays: Love of One’s Neighbor (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater); in Cervantes’ Pedro, the Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater); Pornography; Duet For Bear And Dog as part of Short Stuff 2015 (Harry Hope Theatre); Phoenix New Plays Series: Shorts 2016 – Cheating, Charming, Bastard (Student Center Theatre); and in Whacked (Shafer Auditorium). Outside of Eastern, he has acted in The Whitney Player’s production of Back to the 80’s; in Sacred Heart Academy’s production of White Christmas; and in SHA’s production of Annie. Sam is a member of Eastern’s Drama Society and is one of the four regular hosts on Turntables and Tiger Drivers on Eastern’s radio station. Sam participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

Lucy Shea of Bethel, CT, is a Senior double major in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing and in Political Science. At Eastern, she acted Cantilever; Two Gentlemen Of Verona, the Musical; and in Cervantes’ Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater); Power Plays: Out Of Our Father’s House (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater) for which she was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate; The Skin of our Teeth (directed by guest artist Jerry Winters); South Pacific; and Prelude To A Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley) for which she was chosen as a KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate (Harry Hope Theatre); in Murder Is A Game; and in Whacked (Shafer Auditorium); in AVP Musical; and in The Little Sisters of Frontstalag (Student Center Theatre). Lucy directed Hamlet for children of all ages (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater). Outside of Eastern, she acted in Blithe Spirit and at The Sherman Playhouse of CT, in Arsenic and Old Lace and Anne of Green Gables. During Summer 2016, she was accepted into the apprentice program at Shakespeare on the Sound, where she was cast as Hamlet in the preshow. She is President of Drama Society. Lucy participated in the Summer In London 2014 Theatre Program and studied Shakespeare at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland for the Fall 2015 semester.

Sinque Tavares of New Haven, CT, is a Senior Theatre major witha concentration in Acting and Directing. At Eastern, he acted in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Musical and in Cervantes’
Pedro, The Great Pretender (Proscenium Theater) for which he was chosen as a KCACTF 2017 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Candidate and progressed to the Final Round of the competition; Attack of The Moral Fuzzies and Cameras as part of Short Stuff 2017; Hamlet for children of all ages and in Power Plays: Love Of One’s Neighbor (DelMonte Bernstein Studio Theater); Pornography; Johnsonville; South Pacific; The Laramie Project; and Prelude to a Kiss (directed by guest artist Gloria Trombley) in the Harry Hope Theatre. Sinque directed Interrogation as part of Short Stuff 2015 (Harry HopeTheatre) and directed two shows as part of the Phoenix New Play Series: Ebol-ARama and The Lighter (Student Center Theatre). He is the Dance Captain of the Fusion Dance Crew at Eastern. In the summer of 2011, Sinque attended RSAC (Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory) at Rutgers University. In high school he performed in plays such as Hairspray; Better Judgment; and The Wiz. Sinque participated in Eastern’s LA Spring Break 2016 Theatre Program study tour.

4th Consecutive Year Eastern Student Selected for Posters on the Hill

Kayla Giordano Political Science & Economics,  presented at Posters on the Hill (POH) in April. Kayla’s work is titled Going Negative: The Effects of Direct Mail Programs on Political Campaigns was mentored by Dr. Bill Salka. Kayla discussed her work and the importance of undergraduate research in education with members of congress, including Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (Connecticut’s 5th District).

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The overall acceptance rate at POH is approximately 10-20%. Of the years where a CT school was selected to present at POH, Eastern has been represented 6 times out of 11.  Below are past presenters:

2016
Sabreena Croteau, Political Science, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Democratic Elections in the American States: A Case for Reform” Mentor Dr. Bill Salka.

2015

Richard Magner, Mathematics, Eastern Connecticut State University

2014

Eric S. Cerino, Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University
Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity, and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults” Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Leszczynski

2017 CREATE Conference

Over 300 students participated in Eastern’s showcase for student work. Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent (CREATE) is in its 3rd year and continues to surpass expectations. Students from all disciplines presented their work including Documentaries, Art Exhibits, and Performances.

At CREATE, two student were recognized for exceptional undergraduate research and creative activity with the inaugural President’s Award. Both students receive a medal and $1,000.00. Below are details:

Jacob Dayton (Biology) and his mentor (Dr. Patricia Szczys) worked on their research titled “Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) a Species Exhibiting Demographic Expansion.”  The project was presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society in New Bern, North Carolina (September, 2016). The project ended up with Mr. Dayton as a first author in a journal in his discipline.

    Jacob Dayton, Mateusz Ledwon, Jean-Marc Paillisson, Nataly Atamas & Patricia Szczys (In Press). Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrid hybrida), a Species Exhibiting Range Expansion. Waterbirds

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Nicole Garcia (Performing Arts) worked with her mentor Dr. Kristen Morgan on the project “Scenic Design, Two Gentlemen of Verona (the Musical).” The project was initiated during Summer Session C resulting in 3-D models of the sets and  presented at the 2016 COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The play ran for 2 weeks early in 2017 and the final designs presented at the 2017 National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, Memphis, TN.

RiveraCREATETwo faculty members were also recognized with the yearly Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Mentor Award.

Dr. Ari de Wilde (Kinesiology & Physical Education) was nominated by 4 student for mentoring their research. Rosamaria Riccobono & Erica Benoit presented their research titled  Culture of Women’s Athletics at Eastern Connecticut State University in the NCAA vs. In the AIAW at the 2017 NCUR Conference. James Doucette III (Mentor: Ari de Wilde), a Sport and Leisure Management major in KPE, was awarded a National Undergraduate Scholar award by the American Kinesiology Association. He also presented his research titled “A Kantian Dilemma: Gender Discrimination Toward Contemporary Women’s Elite Sport” at the North American Society of Sport 2016 Conference In Tampa Bay, Florida.

deWildeCREATEDr. Patty Szcyzs (Biology) was nominated by her student Jacob Dayton (recipient of the President’s Award) for mentoring him through a presentation and publication. Further, Jacob and Dr. Szczys have begun work on a new research project.

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Honors Student Present Research

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Nine students from the Honors Program presented their research at Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference held in Pittsburgh from April 6-9th. The students were accompanied by Dr. Bill Salka, Director of the Honors Program. The students represented work diverse fields including Mathematics, Psychology, Biology and Political Science. Below is a list of the student presenters, their work:

Catherine Falvey, Eastern Connecticut State University
“A Walk across the Bridges of Pittsburgh: Analyzing ‘The City of Bridges’ Through Graph Theory”

Yohan Krumov, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Effects of Sleep Disturbance and Respiration Rate on Stress Response During Electric Shock”

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Weronika Lewkowicz, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Effects of Glucosinolate Extracts from Various Brassicaceae Species on Salmonella Enterica”

Kevin Connolly, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Enhancement of Collagen Production in Skin Cells Via Cell Communication Signals”

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Kayla Giordano, Eastern Connecticut State University
“The Effects of Direct Mail Programs on Political Campaigns”

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Christopher Morris, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Got a Donkey in the Crosshairs: The Partisan Anticommunism of Senator Joseph McCarthy”

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Thomas Luckner, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Modular Sum-Set Application to Sum of Two Squares”

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Emily Miclon, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Rap Music Bridging the Divide; Examining Modern Civil Rights Concerns through Rap Music”

Jessica Miclon , Eastern Connecticut State University
“Trigger Warnings and the Glorification of Self-Harm”

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23 Students Present Research at National Conferences on Undergraduate Research

Catherine Allegretti (ENG) Caulfield’s Cognitive Crisis: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye Mentor: Dr. Lisa Fraustino

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Lauren Atkinson (BIO) Isolating Antibiotic Compounds from Soil Microbes Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch

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Sydney Batchelder (PSY) Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation as Predictors of Anxiety and Depression Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

Sydney Batchelder (PSY) Familiarity and Reinforcement Interact to Predict Performance in the Presence of Others Mentor: Dr. Jenna Scisco
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Tess Candler (PS) Contextualizing Conservative Support for Environmental Policy Mentor: Dr. Courtney Broscious

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Abby Caselli (PSY) Relationship Between Attitudes Towards Casual Sex, Gender Roles and Condom Advocacy Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

Brittany Chabot (PSY) Technology Use, Attachment Styles and Relationship Satisfaction Among Dating Couples Mentor: Dr. Madeleine Fugere

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Adam Courbin (AH) An American Man: A Semiotic Analysis of Cultural Mythology in Photojournalism from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Mentor: Dr. Gail Gelburd

Eilizabeth DelBuono (BIO) An Investigation of Odd-Skipped Genes in C. Elegans Mentor: Dr. Amy Groth

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Tashanna Edwards (ENG) Shooting Heaven, A Young Adult Novel in Progress Mentor: Dr. Lisa Fraustino

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Olivia Godin (COM) Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Communication Mentor: Dr. Teri Toles-Patkin

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Nicole Green (EDU) Analysis of Transition Resources for Siblings of Individual’s with Disabilities Mentor: Dr. Tanya Moorehead

Ashlyn Hart (ENG) Real Bodies: Understanding the Importance of Representation in Disability Mentor: Dr. Maureen McDonnell

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Phillip Hoeps (ECO) Statistical Analysis of Policy Solutions to Ocean Pollution Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Brown

Marisa LaBrecque-Grenier (PSY) Thought Suppression, Negative Affect and Worry Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

Marisa LaBrecque-Grenier (PSY) Sociosexuality, Adult Relationships Attachment Style and Current Relationship Satisfaction Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

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Kaitlyn Macisco (COM) How Romantically Themed Television Influences College Student’s Views on Relationships Mentor: Dr. Jehoon Jeon

Susan McLean (COM) Social Media Trust Study Mentor: Dr. Jehoon Jeon

Jolene Potter (ANT) Perceptions of Rape Culture from Eastern Connecticut State University Students Mentor: Dr. Marry Kenny

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Rosamaria Riccobono & Erica Benoit Culture of Women’s Athletics at Eastern Connecticut State University in the NCAA vs. In the AIAW Mentor: Dr. Ari de Wilde
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Nicole Rivera (PA) Two Gentlemen of Verona Scenic Design Mentor: Dr. Kristen Morgan

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Alexandra Steel (PSY) Animal Assisted Therapy, Mood and Social Facilitation Mentor: Dr. Peter Bachiochi

Alexandra Steel (PSY) Conscientiousness and Implusivity Relations to Discount Tasks Mentor: Dr. Kristi Salters-Pedneault

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Kayla Tenore (COM) Technology Usage and User Age, Effecting Well-Being Mentor: Dr. Jehoon Jeon

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Christina Welch (BIO) The Long Road to Recovery: How Can We Coax the Brian to Self-Repair Mentor: Dr. Barbara Murdoch

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Courtney Werner (ENG) Adam Stands Alone: The Effect of the Oedipus Conflict in Cormier’s I am the Cheese Dr. Lisa Fraustino

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Performing Arts Students Present and Place at Auditions

Abigail Perreira (Mentor: Dr. Emily Riggs) mezzo-soprano, was selected as one of 11 singers from CT to sing for a Master Class with Tony Award winning artist, Kelli O’Hara. The Master Class was held on March 5th at Western Connecticut State Univerisity. Abby presented her work and received feedback from Ms. O’Hara.

In October of 2016, The seven voice students listed below participated in the CT-chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s annual auditions at Central Connecticut State University. Senior, Scott Butler, received third place for his performance in the college musical theater category. Each student prepared 4-5 selections to present to a panel of adjudicators for comment and scoring.

Tommy Kenny, Michael Beckstein, Scott Butler, Abigail Perreira, Ryan Michaud, Halie Poitier, Hannah Bythrow  (Mentor: Dr. Emily Riggs)

Psychology Students Present at Regional and National Conferences

The following students have presented or are scheduled to present their research across various disciplines in psychology including Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology

Niazi, Meena., Frankinburger, Ellie., Mentor: Cousins, A.J., *Blydenburg, D. & Fugère, M.A.  (2017, June).  Experimental Manipulation of Perceived Mate Availability: Assessment of Intrasexual Competition and Mate Retention Tactics.  Poster presented at the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society meeting.  Binghamton, NY.

Mentor: Leszczynski, J. P. & DeFelice, Kaylee (May, 2017). Gender, romance, and dating assertiveness across the lifespan. Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Mentor: Fugère, M. A., Doucette, Kaitlynn., Chabot, Caitlynn.,* & Cousins, A. J. (2017, January).  The Mate Preferences of Women and their Parents are Impacted by Men’s Physical Attractiveness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

The Mate Preferences of Women and their Parents are Impacted by Men’s Physical Attractiveness
Women (N = 52, aged 15-29, M=18.88) rated the attractiveness and dating desirability of three men (attractive, moderately attractive, and unattractive) whose photographs were paired with three different personality profiles (friendly, dependable, and mature; pleasing disposition, ambitious, and intelligent; and respectful, trustworthy, and honest).   Women’s parents (38 mothers and 18 fathers) indicated their opinions of the men as potential mates for their daughters.  Based upon previous research (Buunk & Solano, 2010; Dubbs et al., 2013; Apostolou, 2008), we expected that physical attractiveness would be more important to women and that personality traits would be more important to parents.  We found both women and their parents were strongly impacted by the physical attractiveness of the men’s photographs, but not by the personality descriptions accompanying those photographs.  The implications of this research are discussed in terms of necessities vs. luxuries (Eastwick & Finkel, 2008; Li et al., 2013).

Performing Arts Department Feature Student Work

Dr. Emily Riggs students participated in recitals of their culminating work. Seniors Abigail Perreira (mezzo-soprano) and Scott Butler (tenor) will present their capstone projects in Music on April 1st (5:00pm, Concert Hall) and April 30th (7:30pm, Concert Hall), respectively. These presentations take the form of a lecture recital, during which the student present a summary of their research project and a 50 minute recital of solo vocal repertoire representing a variety of languages (including the four major singing languages: French, German, Italian and English) and style periods ranging from the Baroque to the present.

Four junior voice performance concentration students will also present Junior Recitals. These shared recitals serve to give students an opportunity to go through the process of preparing for a solo recital prior to engaging in their capstone experience. Halie Poirier (soprano) and Hannah Bythrow (soprano) will present at joint recital on April 2nd (7:30pm; FAIC 110) and Michael Beckstein (baritone) and Annie Lion-Lee (soprano) will present a joint recital on April 23rd (2:30pm; FAIC 110). Each student will present 25-30 minutes of solo repertoire representing a variety of languages and style periods.

On April 29th at 2:30 in the Concert Hall, students enrolled in MUS 113: Opera Workshop will present a program of opera scenes that they have studied and prepared over the course of the semester. This semester’s program features scenes from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni and Bizet’s Carmen. A list of performers is below.

Ensemble Members (Spring 2017)
 
Mike Beckstein, baritone
Hannah Bythrow, soprano
Sadie Fleming, soprano
Caraline Gartrell, mezzo-soprano
Elizabeth Heaney, mezzo-soprano
Bridgette Hearn, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Hofmann, tenor
Thomas Kenny, tenor
Annie Lion-Lee, soprano
Tiara Lussier, soprano
Ryan Michaud, baritone
Abigail Perreira, mezzo-soprano
Halie Poirier, soprano
Jordan Pollard, tenor
Antonia Reynolds, mezzo-soprano
Kristin Uschkureit, soprano
Sara Vega, soprano

Percussion: Noah Lerch

Also being participating in recitals are :

 Justyna Poznanski (Mentor: Barbara Vaughn) is scheduled to perform a violin recital featuring the compositions of Bartok, Mozart and Franck.

 Sharon Whitehead (Mentor: Barbara Vaughn) is scheduled to perform a violin recital featuring the compositions of Mozart, Bartok, Kreisler and Brahms.