Catawba College Recognizes Students, Faculty, Staff at Annual Awards Convocation
Members of the Catawba College community gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on April 23 to celebrate achievement. The occasion was the annual Awards Convocation.Scheduled the day after Earth Day, the awards distributed were eco-friendly, made of Catawba blue, 100% recycled glass. They symbolized the college's commitment to environmental responsibility and are a reminder to the recipients to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
April 21 Piano Concert Concludes Catawba College Artist Series for Spring
A piano concert by Steven Heyman at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will conclude the Catawba College Artist Series for spring semester. This concert is free and open to the public. Heyman is currently an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Keyboard Department at Syracuse University. In the central New York area, he has an active performing career including being the soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra 27 times over a 35 year period.
Catawba Professor to Participate in Summer Music Workshop in Seoul
Dr. David L. Fish, associate professor of music and chair of the music department at Catawba College, has been accepted to take part in a traditional Korean music international workshop at Korea's National Gugak Center in Seoul. The all-expense paid workshop starts June 17 and runs for two weeks.
Catawba Singers to Offer Concert at First Reformed UCC in Lexington
First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington will host a concert by the Catawba Singers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. The church is located at 104 E. Center Street and members of the general public are invited to attend the concert.
United in Prayer Rally Scheduled at Catawba College
The Catawba College Gospel Choir will host a United in Prayer Rally on Wednesday, March 20 between 6 and 8 p.m. in Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center. At the rally, free prayer posters will be distributed that students and others may write a prayer on, photograph their prayer and then share it via social media. The United in Prayer Rally is organized by Hope Raisers at www.hoperaisers.org and the rally at Catawba is just one of the stops on a cross-country trip...
Catawba Pride Day Set for April 27
Catawba College has slated its Pride Day for Saturday, April 27, and plans are for the new and returning students to the Pride Marching Band to be able to interact. Music for the 2013 Pride Marching Band halftime show will be available for preview. Beginning at 1 p.m. in the Williams Music Building, new students will have an opportunity to audition for the Pride – its wind, percussion and color guard units – as well as for music department scholarships. New and returning students...
Feb. 22nd Piano Concert Continues Catawba Artist Series
A free program of piano music by Patrick Behringer at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel continues the Catawba Artist Series for spring semester. Behringer will perform works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev. Behringer performs throughout the Fort Worth, Texas area and maintains a private piano studio there. He is a regular lecture recitalist in public schools as part of the Fort Worth Contemporary Music Fund's education program, "The Legacy of the Americas."
'83 Alumnus and His Parents Memorialize Brother through Scholarship
A new scholarship fund established at Catawba College will provide music scholarships for students from Rowan County. Steven J. Shuping and his parents, Romas and Sarah Shuping, all of Salisbury, established the Romas H. Shuping, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of their brother and son. Steve Shuping, a 1983 alumnus of Catawba, says the new scholarship was a tangible way to memorialize his brother who died accidentally in 1967 at age eight. "All of my siblings have played music...
Jan. 20th Piano Concert Begins Catawba Artist Series
A free piano concert provided by Catawba College adjunct faculty member, Wei Jiao, at 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel kicks off a Catawba Artist Series for spring semester. Jiao will perform works of Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and modern Chinese composer Zhou Long.
Students Take Part in Inauguration Events for N.C. Governor Pat McCrory '78
Catawba College students will participate in several inauguration events for North Carolina's new governor, 1978 Catawba alumnus, Pat McCrory. Catawba's Vernaculars All Stars will perform between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Friday, January 11 at the Inauguration Ball. Students Olivia Albertson of Thomasville, Silas Boyle of Louisville, Ky., Jacob Martin of St. Louis, Mo., Greg Moore of Durham and Allijah Motika of Asheville will be accompanied by Department Chair and Director of Popular Music and...
More Than 200 Choral Students Sing at Catawba during Honor Choir Festival
More than 240 middle and high school choral students participated in the first annual Catawba College Honor Choir Festival held Friday, January 4th, 2013 on Catawba's campus. Those participating were seventh through twelfth grade students who had been selected from participating schools across North Carolina. They rehearsed throughout the day and offered a well-attended evening performance at 7 p.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Catawba College Honor Choir Festival Set for Jan. 4
The 1st Annual Catawba College Honor Choir Festival will be held Friday, January 4th, 2013 on Catawba's campus. The more than 150 seventh through twelfth grade students that have been selected from participating schools across North Carolina will rehearse throughout the day and will offer an evening performance at 7 p.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Chamberlain Honored with Wingate's Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Julie Rhyne Chamberlain, an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Sacred Music Concentration at Catawba College, recently received Wingate University's Distinguished Alumni Award, that University's highest alumni honor.
Catawba's Annual Service of Lessons and Carols Marks 25th Anniversary
Catawba College's annual Service of Lessons and Carols marks its 25th anniversary this year and those attending will hear the story of the birth of Christ in both scripture and song. Members of the general public are invited to attend the Service in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Thursday, November 29. The Service of Lessons and Carols will be offered to special guests of the college on two additional nights – Monday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Nov. 27, but these performances are not open to the general..
Catawba Gospel Choir to Perform Nov. 4 under Direction of Dennis Reed '06
Catawba College's Gospel Choir, under the direction of Young-Artist-In-Residence and Inspire the Fire founder, Dennis Reed '06, will offer a free fall concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The concert, which is open to the public, is scheduled in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center.
The Experience of an Internship and the Ability to Make a Difference
Fourteen Catawba College students employed their unique gifts and talents in service to others as interns with tax-exempt nonprofit organizations during the summer of 2012. Funding and coordination for the program were provided through the college's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. While these students clearly benefitted from the experiential learning opportunities offered through such internships, they also filled vital roles within the programs they served.
Marvin Ridge High's Band is Grand Champion of Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic
Marvin Ridge High School of Charlotte was the winner of the Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic cup at the competition held at Catawba College on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Shuford Stadium. The event drew high school marching bands from surrounding counties and included an exhibition from the Catawba Pride Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Jay Meachum.
Catawba Students Register for J Term Classes
Catawba College students are now registering for "J Term" courses that will allow them to take a one to three-hour online class or travel abroad during Catawba's winter term, the December-January time that coincides with Christmas break. Courses offered and enrollment in the "J term" has doubled since it was initially offered in the 2009-2010 academic year. Courses offered during Catawba's J term are only available to Catawba College students...
Catawba College Singers and Chamber Singers Present Fall Concert
The Catawba College Singers and the Chamber Singers will present their Fall Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. The Singers, under the direction of Dr. Jim Shepherd, Catawba's director of choral music and assistant professor of music, will offer a variety of choral music during the program, including American Folk, Gospel, Classical, Traditional, Contemporary, and Multi-cultural selections.
Seventh Annual Marching Band Classic Slated at Catawba College
For the seventh consecutive year, area high school marching bands will converge on the Catawba College campus in October for a marching band competition. The Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic, formerly the Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic, begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 in Catawba's Shuford Stadium.
Catawba College Is Again Named One of Nation's Best Music Schools
For the fifth consecutive year, Catawba College is named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine. Catawba was one of only 51 institutions included in the magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools of 2013.
VIDEO: Catawba Students Perform at 2012 Democratic National Convention with American Idol Sensation Jessica Sanchez
Fifteen Catawba College music students performed at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5th as part of a choir backing up American Idol finalist and singing sensation Jessica Sanchez.
Catawba Students to Perform at DNC with American Idol's Jessica Sanchez
Fifteen Catawba music students will perform as part of the gospel choir accompanying American Idol finalist and vocal phoneme Jessica Sanchez at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:50pm.
Catawba Alumnus to Perform at Democratic National Convention
The Democratic National Convention Committee announced that Inspire the Fire (ITF), the music and dance ensemble created by 2006 graduate and current Catawba Young Artist in Residence Dennis Reed, will appear on the final night (Sept. 6th) of their convention in Charlotte.
VIDEO: 2012 Catawba Pride Marching Band Camp
Members of the Catawba Pride Marching Band participated in band camp on Friday, August 10. The band is under the leadership of drum major D.J. Colson. Read more about Catawba Pride at www.catawba.edu/pride.
VIDEO: Catawba Alumnus Sings Moving Impromptu Duet with Ingrid Michaelson
Catawba College alumnus Sheldon Rogers had an impromptu performance with music star Ingrid Michaelson in Lancaster, PA. A graduate of Catawba's Musical Theatre program, Rogers was in the front row at Michaelson's show and sang an unplanned duet with the New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter. He made quite an impression on both the audience and Michaelson herself.
Catawba Grads at the Helm of Uwharrie Players' "Camelot"
When the Uwharrie Players of Stanly County open their production of "Camelot" on July 27, two Catawba College graduates will be a big part of it. Heather Wilson is the artistic director and John Stafford is the musical director.
VIDEO: Vernaculars Perform at Association for Popular Music Education
The Catawba College Vernaculars performed at the annual Association for Popular Music Education conference in Nashville in June 2012. The Vernaculars are the flagship ensemble of Catawba's popular music degree concentration and are dedicated to the performance of contemporary popular (aka vernacular) music — alternative, rock, pop, R&B, and more.
Catawba Alumnus to Appear on America's Got Talent Competition July 17
2006 Catawba College alumnus Dennis Reed will appear on the NBC television series America's Got Talent on July 17 with his troupe, Inspire the Fire (ITF), as part of the top 48 finalists. Please tune in to support and VOTE for Dennis and these inspiring youth!
Catawba Welcomes New Director of Choral Music
Dr. Jim Shepherd is Catawba College's new director of choral music and assistant professor of music. He will join the faculty at the college in August for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year. Shepherd comes to Catawba from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where he served during the 2011-2012 academic year as assistant professor and director of choral and vocal music.
Catawba Alumnus Advances in America's Got Talent Competition
Dennis Reed of Charlotte, 2006 graduate of Catawba College, has been selected by the America's Got Talent judges along with his troupe, Inspire the Fire (ITF), to move on from Las Vegas to the next round of competition in New York.
"Yung Citizen" to Perform in Senior Showcase on April 30
Catawba College student Christopher "Yung Citizen" Williams will have his Senior Showcase on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. Williams, a music business major from Charlotte, will be performing with fellow Catawba student, Jaymarr "J-Real" Williams of Stafford, Va.
Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers Offer Final Concert of the Year on April 29
The Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers will present their final concert of the year and the final concert under the direction of Justin Hazelgrove, Catawba’s director of choral music, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Salisbury Post: Catawba College Students Launch Internet Radio Station
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - When Bianca Stokes started brainstorming ideas for her senior project, the Catawba College student knew she wanted to combine her love of music and talking. It didn't take her long to land on an idea that does just that.
Catawba Music Student and Faculty Member Featured in Magazine Ads
In the April 2012 edition of "Music Alive!" two individuals — a student and a faculty member — from Catawba College's Music Department were featured in advertisements. Blakley Leonard, who will graduate May 12, 2012 from Catawba with a degree in Music and concentrations in Music Business and Popular Music, appears in an ad for Notion Music. The ad is about music notation for iPad.
Catawba Students Launch Internet Radio Station
"The Feather: Cat-U Radio" is now on the Internet, with some Catawba College students hosting and producing the broadcast and others performing during it. "The Feather" joins other virtual radio stations that can be tuned in via the Internet. The broadcast is recorded weekly and uploaded to the Internet. It showcases the talents of Catawba College students and provides another media outlet for students in addition to the online student newspaper...
Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers Offer Concert Sunday, March 18
The Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers will offer their next concert, entitled "Departures: A Tale of Two Lovers in a Time of War," at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. This free concert program seeks to illumine and honor the sacrifices made not only by those brave men and women serving in the American armed forces around the world, but also by those men and women who remain here on the home front.
Rapper Neako's New Mix Tape Uses a Beat Created by Catawba College Senior
You might say that Catawba College senior, Christopher Williams of Charlotte, has the beat – and his is one that even rapper Neako wanted. For those not familiar with Neako – he is an American rapper, producer and songwriter whose debut album, "The Rubix Cube: Red Edition," was released on his own imprint, World Team Olympics, in 2007.
Catawba Students to Offer Performance of Opera Scenes March 31
Can't believe college students would be interested in opera? Come witness for yourself. Hearing is believing! At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will resound as Catawba College students wow with songs from various opera scenes, including Mozart's "Cosí Fan Tutte" and "The Magic Flute," Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," and even Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." This free performance will include several selections in English, along with Italian, French and German selections.
Catawba Alumnus Writes Music and Lyrics for Original Musical
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Ryan, a 2009 graduate of Catawba College, majored in Music and minored in K-12 Education. He has been the choral director at North Iredell High School since 2009 and wrote the music and lyrics for the upcoming original musical "The Millennium Problem," which is set for March 8th, 9th, and 10th.
Catawba's Church/College Dinner is a Time of Recognition
A Catawba College alumna, a faculty member and a student were each recognized at the College's annual Church/College Dinner held Feb. 20 on campus in Peeler Crystal Lounge. Those attending included trustees, college administrators, students and supporters of Catawba's Campus Ministry and its Lilly Center for Vocation and Values.
Registration Underway for Catawba College Community Music Spring Classes
Registration for spring classes that begin the week of January 20 is now underway in Catawba College's Community Music Program. Classes end the week of May 10 with recitals. Since 1984, the program has provided a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities to help students of all ages and abilities in Salisbury and the surrounding areas develop lifelong musical foundations and skills.
J-Term Classes Earn Students Credit and Travel Experiences
Classes for the third year of Catawba's "J term," concluded on January 4, with 104 students seizing the opportunity to earn course credit online and/or to travel abroad over the break between semesters. While some courses included a travel component and took students to London, France, Nashville and even Nicaragua, other online courses netted them three credit hours in subject areas ranging from English to Psychology.
Catawba Alumna Named as Programming Assistant at WEND
Source: AllAccess.com - Clear Channel Alternative WEND (106.5 The End)/Charlotte appoints Dusti Kempf '11 as Programming Asst. replacing Jessica Ray, who will now focus 100% of her time to the Total Traffic Network. Dusti will also program The End's new music show. WEND APD/MD DZL said, "Dusti is a Music Biz major who has just graduated from Catawba College here in North Carolina. She spent her internship time in the programming department here at CC/Charlotte.
Community Music Program Director Leads 145 Students in Song for Retirement Community
Wrapped in bright red like presents next to the Christmas tree, about 145 children sang for residents of Oak Park retirement community Thursday. Catawba College Community Music Program Director Erin Harper directs the North Hills choir, which includes students from first through fifth grades.
Catawba's Artist Development Program Offers New Talent Nov. 20
Four students in Catawba College's Artist Development Program will offer a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the lobby of Hoke Hall on campus. Students Allijah Motika of Asheville, Olivia Albertson of Thomasville, Caleb Casper of Waxhaw and Alex Gage of Harrisburg will offer different selections, ranging from deep Southern Country to Techno.
VIDEO: The Catawba PRIDE Marching Band Performs
The Catawba PRIDE Marching Band is the recently reformed marching band at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. The last marching band Catawba had was in 1973, and in the past five years they have been entertained with a drumline at football games and a pep band at basketball games. This year, visitors saw a marching band with a hornline, drumline, and colorguard, and all with brand new uniforms.
Catawba Students Participate in Veterans Day Service
Six Catawba College brass students performed for a Nov. 9 Veterans Day Service/Meal at Stallings Memorial Baptist Church. The students included Brent Messenger (Music Education '12), Melanie Hudson (Music Education '12), John Lincourt (Music Performance '12), Taylor Lee (Music Education '16), Zach Veitenheimer (Music Education '16), and Ryn Crawford (Theatre Arts '16).
Catawba Artist-in-Residence to Be Featured in North Carolina Symphony Concert
Source: raleigh.broadwayworld.com - Heavenly melodies are at the heart of a romantic musical showcase when the North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn and featuring concertmaster Brian Reagin and soprano Christina Pier, presents "Mahler's Fourth Symphony."
Results of Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic
Piedmont High School was the winner of the Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic cup at the inaugural event held at Catawba College on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Shuford Stadium. The event drew high school marching bands from surrounding counties and included an exhibition from the Catawba Pride Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Jay Meachum.
Catawba College Music Department Presents Twenty-Fourth Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
The Catawba College Department of Music will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel for the twenty-fourth consecutive year. Members of the general public are invited to attend on Thursday, December 1, while a Tuesday, November 29 performance is open only to invited guests of the College.
Director of Community Music Loves Helping Families Bond through Music
By Katie Scarvey, SalisburyPost.com [EDITOR'S NOTE: Erin Harper is Director of Catawba's Community Music Program and is only the fourth director since the program began in 1984.] Parents of young children often say to Musikgarten teacher Erin Harper, "Oh my child is so musical!" Erin's response is always: "Of course they are!" All babies are musical, says Erin, who has been a certified Musikgarten instructor for three years now, but that instinct needs to be nurtured to see its full expression.
Catawba College Singers and Chamber Singers Present Fall Concert
The Catawba College Singers and Chamber Singers will present a wide repertoire of songs during their Fall Concert, slated for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. This will be the first formal concert of the academic year for the Singers who are directed by Catawba's new Director of Choral Music, Justin Hazelgrove.
Sixth Annual Marching Band Classic Slated at Catawba College
It has a new name this year, but it is the same marching band competition that has drawn area bands to Catawba College for the past five years. The Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic, formerly the Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic, gets underway in Catawba's Shuford Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.
Catawba College Named One of Nation's Best Music Schools for 2012
For four consecutive years, Catawba College has been named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine. Catawba was one of only 45 institutions included in the magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools of 2012. Catawba offers a bachelor's degree in Music with concentrations in Music Business, Music Education, Music Performance, Popular Music and Sacred Music, and offers a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre.
STUDENT BLOG: Improvisation (Don't Worry, Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop)
by Allijah Motika '14 - So today has been really up and down. This morning was wonderful. My throat is still in a lot of pain, I wish that I'd stop being sick and my voice would just come back. But even with that I really enjoyed the session this morning on melody and harmony with Judy and Bobby.
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry, Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop - Wednesday, August 31st
by Allijah Motika '14 - So today has been really up and down. This morning was wonderful. My throat is still in a lot of pain, I wish that I'd stop being sick and my voice would just come back. But even with that I really enjoyed the session this morning on melody and harmony with Judy and Bobby.
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop - Tuesday, August 30
by Allijah Motika '14 - Here we go again! So ... today and yesterday have been insane. There isn't any other way to describe it. Yesterday none of the faculty arrived until the last session of the night from 7:30 to 9:00 and it was so frustrating waiting and waiting for them to get here. We were told that they'd arrive at 1:30, 3:45, and 4:30 before the real time of 7:30 actually happened. So in other words yesterday was a huge tease.
Catawba Alumni and Brothers Follow Dad's Musical Tradition
by Mark Wineka, SalisburyPost.com [EDITOR'S NOTE: Tyler Howe is a 2011 Catawba College graduate, while his brother, Andrew, graduated in 2007] - This is a story about bands of brothers. And a father. During pre-game festivities Friday night, the Salisbury and North Rowan high school bands performed together. A cool thing, but even cooler when you know that the bands are directed by brothers — Tyler Howe at Salisbury and Andrew Howe at North Rowan.
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop - Monday, August 29
Welcome to the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" blog ... those four words have definitely been something that I've had to remind myself so far. First of all let me just say that getting here was the most insane travel experience of my life. Due to Hurricane Irene my original flight was canceled and I had to find another way to get to Rhinebeck, NY where the workshop is being held. My friends Kat Tierney and Meghan McLaughlin (both Catawba graduates) also ran into the same problem...
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry, Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop
Catawba College sophomore Allijah Motika of Asheville will participate in a vocal workshop August 28 through September 2 with ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin. The workshop will take place at the Omega Center in Rhinebeck, N.Y. During the workshop, Allijah will report on his experiences via blog entries that will be available on the Catawba College website. Along with participants from around the world, he will be joined at the workshop by two Catawba Alumnae....
Catawba's Marching Band Revived, with the Pride
It was 1973 when Catawba College last had a Marching Band that performed on the field during halftime of football games, but that will all change this year. On September 17, fans attending Catawba's first home football game of the season will be entertained and energized by the Catawba Pride Marching Band.
Catawba Pride Marching Band Exhibition – August 12
The Catawba Pride Marching Band will offer an exhibition on Friday, August 12 on the Catawba College practice field near the Whitley Softball Field off of Lantz Avenue. Fans of the Pride are encouraged to begin arriving and bring lawnchairs around 5 p.m., and the exhibition will begin at 5:30 p.m.
VIDEO: Catawba College Invests in Musical Future
By: Sarah Pisciuneri, News 14 Carolina - While most North Carolina colleges are cutting back in this tough economic time, one is expanding its music program. Salisbury-based Catawba College is calling their recent expansion an investment in the future. When the Catawba Indians hit the football field this fall, they will be joined by the Catawba Pride, a full marching band, something the college hasn't seen since the 1970s.
Catawba College Welcomes New Director of Choral Music and an Artist-in-Residence
When the new academic year begins, the Catawba College Music Department will welcome a new Director of Choral Music and an Artist-in-Residence. Justin Hazelgrove will be Catawba’s new Director of Choral Music, and Christina Pier, will be a Catawba Artist-in-Residence. College Provost, Dr. Rick Stephens, announced the appointments July 8.
Catawba Alumni Invited to Perform on Hedrick Little Theatre Stage
Catawba College alumni will have a chance to shine on the stage of Hedrick Little Theatre in the Showcase of Alumni Talent during Homecoming Weekend, October 21-23. The Showcase will be held just prior to the Blue Masque Hall of Fame induction and reception, which begins at 8pm on Friday, October 21.
Catawba College Alumnus Invites Youth to "Get Lost" and "Lose Yourself"
Each summer Inspire The Fire (ITF), founded by 2006 Catawba College graduate Dennis Reed of Charlotte, facilitates a week-long conference for youth (ages 10-21) to exhibit their talents through music, dance and dramatic workshops. On July 18-24, 2011 teens will be engaged in an intense artistic learning environment that will promote self-confidence and foster an aspiration for an improved way of life.
New Degree Program for Popular Musicians at Catawba College
Popular music stands as the vibrant soundtrack of our modern lives, and a long list of luminary artists has proved its artistic worth. Despite this, few institutions of higher learning have embraced it, making popular musicians a group still woefully underserved by education. In fact, only about a dozen American universities offer a curriculum specifically designed for students of popular music. Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina has just officially joined their ranks.
Student Impressions of Europe: In Their Own Words
Forty-two Catawba College students, members of the Catawba Singers, returned May 25 from a 10-day trip to Europe that included stops in four different countries. For some of the students, the trip marked their first plane ride or their first trip outside the United States. It was an eye-opening, life-enriching experience for them, and although their time abroad was brief, it will be memorable and likely viewed through time’s unwavering glass as a pivotal moment in each of their lives.
Catawba's Community Music Program Offers Summer Camps
Catawba College's Community Music Program is offering several camps for summer 2011, in addition to private lessons in almost every instrument. All camps are $100 for the entire 4 days and private lessons are $18.50 per 30 minute lesson. Very few slots are still available so register today!
UPCOMING BLOG: The Catawba Singers Take on Europe
The Catawba Singers will be embarking on a Summer European Concert Tour May 15-May 25, 2011 to include stops in France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Tonia Black-Gold, Catawba's communications officer, will be blogging about the students' experiences while on the tour...
Jazz Concert Unites Catawba and Livingstone Colleges
By Laurie D. Willis, Livingstone College News Service - Jazz was the genre in a historic concert Wednesday that joined students at Livingstone and Catawba colleges for the first time and featured acclaimed trumpet player Vinnie Ciesielski.
Join Us for a "Grand Night for Singing" on May 1
Celebrate May Day with an early evening of wonderful music by the choral ensembles of Catawba College. Because of the bad weather two weeks ago and the changes in schedule that resulted, the Spring Choral Concert was rescheduled for this Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium on campus.
Students Share Their Research at 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Again this year, Catawba College students from various disciplines shared their diverse research projects during the 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium held Thursday, April 21 in the Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center. Faculty, staff and students on campus dropped by during the two-hour event to listen and learn from these students.
Catawba College Community Music Recitals Scheduled
The Catawba College Community Music Program will host several spring semester performance events for students enrolled in the program. These performances showcase the classes and private lessons taught through Community Music, including the new classes of the year, such as Class Piano for Senior Adults, Group Guitar, and Suzuki Violin classes.
Catawba College Wind Ensemble to Make Mid-Atlantic Tour
On Wednesday, April 6, the Catawba College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Etters, associate professor of music, will embark by bus on its "2011 Mid-Atlantic Tour." Approximately 40 students, with majors as diverse as Environmental Science and Elementary Education, in addition to Music and Music Education, will present concerts and offer master classes in a variety of venues before returning to campus on Sunday, April 10.
Catawba Music Professor to Perform as Guest Artist with Wake Forest Jazz Ensembles
Jay Meachum, an adjunct professor of trumpet at Catawba College and director of the Catawba Pride Marching Band, will be the featured guest artist with the Wake Forest University Jazz Ensembles at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 in Brendle Recital Hall at Wake Forest University.
Invisible Children Organization to Visit Catawba March 18
The Catawba College Gospel Choir (Divine Unity), under the direction of 2006 alumnus Dennis Reed, will host Invisible Children at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus. Invisible Children is an organization that uses the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa, the war in Uganda. Their model has proven effective, and hundreds of thousands of people have been called to action through the organization’s films and the volunteers that
BLOG FINALE: On Tour with the Catawba Singers - Bristol, TN and Hickory, NC
In her last two entries while on tour with the Catawba Singers, junior and Theatre Arts major Kara Procell blogs about her experiences in Bristol, Tennesse and Hickory, North Carolina. Read her last two entries...
Spotlight on the Catawba Singers
Source: TriCities.com (Short Takes). The Catawba Singers amount to strength in numbers. They are large in size and strong in song choice. See the 62-members strong Catawba Singers of Catawba College on March 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn. What a group of youngsters.
STUDENT BLOG: UPDATES! On Tour with the Catawba Singers
Junior and Theatre Arts major Kara Procell shares several more experiences in her blog, "On Tour with the Catawba Singers," who are on their Spring 2011 tour during Spring Break. Read her latest blog posts...
STUDENT BLOG: On Tour with the Catawba Singers - This is Totally Going in My Blog!
by Kara Procell '12. And ... they're off! We, your very own Catawba Singers, left today on their spring 2011 tour. After a slightly delayed start due to Professor Oakley's lost wallet (don't worry, we found it later) we stopped first half an hour down the road at Lexington High School, alma mater of our very own Arsherres Jenkins.
Kiss 95.1 Spotlights Catawba Student and Local Artist Blakley Leonard
"Local Artist Tuesday: Blakley Leonard" by Jodi Philips (Kiss 95.1 FM) - This week's local artist reigns from Salisbury, NC. Making a name for himself at Catawba College, Blakley Leonard has the type of spirit that can't help but make you smile. And even more, his voice will surprise you!
Harry Chapin Scholarship to Be Established at Catawba College; Celebration at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square
Celebration at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square. One of Harry Chapin's famous lines was "Keep the change." Fans of the late great singer/songwriter are now being asked to contribute that change (and maybe the interest it has accrued over the years) to honor his memory. The funds will help endow a Harry Chapin music scholarship at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.
Catawba College Performs Beatles' "Abbey Road" at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square
The Beatles stopped touring in 1966. One reason: their music was becoming too complex to perform live. Or so they thought. The Vernaculars, a student ensemble from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, will perform all of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album live at the Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on Saturday, March 5. Free and open to the public, the show begins at 9:00 p.m.
Catawba Singers Ready for Spring 2011 Concert Tour
The Catawba Singers, Catawba College's highly regarded and auditioned concert choir, are set to depart on their Spring 2011Tour on Thursday, March 3. The 2011 Tour coincides in part with Catawba's spring break and includes performance stops in Huntington, W. Va.; Evansville, Ind.; Springfield, Ill.; Chicago, Ill.; Louisville, Ky.; Bristol, Tenn.; and Hickory, N.C.
New Songwriting Course Offered through Catawba's Community Music Program
A new songwriting course is now being offered through the Community Music Program at Catawba College. The course will combine the study of lyricism, melody, harmony, and form to create original compositions. Students will learn how to compose songs using different chord types and techniques of lyric writing.
Jan. 16-17 - Finding Your Voice Festival Canceled
The Finding Your Voice Festival, originally scheduled at Catawba on Jan. 16-17, has been canceled. The recent inclement weather has played havoc with school calendars and many high school students and their teachers who had planned to participate in the event will be unable to because Monday, Jan. 17, is now a make-up day for them in their school districts. For more information, contact the Catawba College Music Department at (704) 637-4345.
"Finding Your Voice" Festival New to Catawba
During Catawba College's first annual Finding Your Voice Festival and Vocal Scholarship Competition, Jan. 16 and 17, high school students will be celebrating new concepts of "vocal freedom." These students will travel from all over the region, state, and from other states to study and perform on campus.
Registration Underway for Catawba College Community Music Spring Classes
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for spring classes that begin the week of January 24. Since 1984, the program has provided a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities to help students of all ages and abilities in Salisbury and the surrounding areas develop lifelong musical foundations and skills.
Five of the 10 to Watch in 2011 Have Catawba College Connections
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. Did you see the article in the "Salisbury Post" on the 10 to Watch for 2011? Did you know that five people on the list have a Catawba College connection? Four of the five are Catawba alumni and one is a Catawba professor.
2009 Alumnus Plays Curly in National Tour of "Oklahoma"
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. Imagine playing the role you were born to play. That's exactly what 2009 Catawba College alumnus Paul Saylor is doing with the role of Curly in the national tour of the beloved musical, "Oklahoma!" "My dad and his family are generations deep in Oklahoma," Saylor explains. "They love the show."
Catawba Alumnus Directs 100-Year-Old Choral Society
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. You'd think a 23-year-old might be intimidated about directing a choir that's 100 years old. There's a lot to be said for youthful enthusiasm. Matt Newton, a 2010 graduate of Catawba, took the reins of the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society this summer. The society is a century old this year. Newton graduated from high school in Raleigh and came to Catawba as a theater major, but soon found out it wasn't for him.
Community Music Program Announces Christmas Recital and Spring Registration
Catawba College's Community Music program has Christmas Recitals for all students scheduled between 1:30 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The recital is free and open to the public and members of the community are invited to attend. Community Music's first senior citizens group piano class and group guitar class, Suzuki violin class, and the new Broadway and teen voice classes will all be performing for the first time at this event.
Vernaculars Concert December 3-4: Fallout 2010
All of the Vernaculars ensembles at Catawba will perform in concert on December 3 and 4. The Fallout 2010 concert will feature a selection of popular music and songs by Taking Back Sunday, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Eagles, Coldplay, Garbage, Michael Jackson, and more.
President Turner Announces 2011 Summer Tour to Europe
Dr. W. Craig Turner, President of Catawba College and Annette Turner, the College's First Lady, enthusiastically invite all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Catawba to join them and the Catawba Singers on a tour to Europe.
West Stokes High to Host Catawba College Instrumental Ensembles and Master Classes
The Catawba College Wind Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Catawba PRIDE Pep Band will be performing a collective concert/exhibition at West Stokes High School in King, N.C., on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free and open to the public and all Stokes County middle and high school band directors and their students are invited to attend.
The Catawba Singers Garner a Personal Invitation from Composer Eric Whitacre to Perform "Paradise Lost" in Chicago
Distinguished Concerts International in New York City (DCINY) has announced that the Catawba Singers under the direction of Professor Paul E. Oakley have been personally invited by the internationally celebrated composer, Eric Whitacre, to participate in a performance of Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. The performance is scheduled on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, right in the heart of Chicago, and will be the prelude event to the National Convention of the Am
Catawba College Music Department Presents Twenty-Third Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
For the twenty-third consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music presents its annual Service of Lessons and Carols. Members of the general public are invited to attend on Thursday, December 2 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. A Tuesday, November 30 performance is for invited guests of the College.
Sounds Of Silence Collaborative Concert
By Sophie Harton '11. From folk songs to rap, many artists have championed the rights of the oppressed through their music, representing the countless voices of silenced populations. On Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theatre on the Catawba College campus, three of the contemporary popular music ensembles and the Sounds of Silence honors class at Catawba will band together for a concert dedicated to music that has historically served as a voice for oppressed populations...
West Stokes High to Host Catawba College Instrumental Ensembles and Master Classes
The Catawba College Wind Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Catawba PRIDE Pep Band will be performing a collective concert/exhibition at West Stokes High School in King, N.C., on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free and open to the public and all Stokes County middle and high school band directors and their students are invited to attend.
Student Conductors to Be Featured at Catawba College Wind Ensemble Concert
Ten student conductors will be featured during a Tuesday, Nov. 16 Wind Ensemble Concert at Catawba College. The event, "Conductors for a New Generation," is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Results of Lord Salisbury Classic Marching Band Contest
The fifth annual Lord Salisbury Classic Marching Band Contest at Catawba College enjoyed a wonderful day of great weather on Saturday, Oct. 2, and even better music and marching performances by 10 area high school marching bands. Participating bands were East Montgomery, Independence, William Hough, Salisbury, North Rowan, North Stanly, Central Cabarrus, Piedmont, Jay M. Robinson, and Porter Ridge.
Musician Jen Chapin Strikes a Chord with Students on Social Protest Music
For one class period, musician Jen Chapin turned professor and led some Catawba College honor students through a discussion about social protest music. She and the students talked about "Amazing Grace" and the history behind the well-loved and familiar hymn. They touched on Charles Mingus, a jazz musician who used his music to "speak" of segregation in the late 1950s.
Catawba College Vernaculars in Encore of Beatles Abbey Road Live
Last November, the Catawba College Vernaculars performed Beatles Abbey Road Live! to mark the fortieth anniversary of this monumental rock opus. The standing room only crowd has clamored for an encore, and this weekend it will get not just one but two. The Vernaculars will stage repeat performances of the entire Beatles album on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th. Free and open to the public, both shows will be held in the college's Hedrick Little Theatre starting at 7:30 PM.
Fifth Annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic Slated at Catawba College
For the fifth consecutive year, marching bands from Rowan and surrounding counties will compete in the Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic at Catawba College on Saturday, October 2. Ten marching bands, from counties in N.C., have registered to participate in the competition that begins at 2:00 p.m. in Catawba's Shuford Stadium. Bands from several Rowan County high schools will compete...
Catawba College to present "Choral Day 2010"
The resonant halls of Catawba College's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will be overflowing with sound on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. as the college presents its second annual Choral Day Concert. The concert will feature all of the school's choral ensembles (more than 130 voices) in their debut concert of the new academic year.
Singer Jen Chapin Coming to Catawba College
Musical artist Jen Chapin is bringing the unique style of music that she calls "urban folk" to Catawba College on Monday evening, October 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theater of the Robertson College-Community Center. The price of admission for the concert is a donation of canned goods or other non-perishable food items for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Catawba Faculty Offer Two Free Recitals
It's a great week for music lovers in Salisbury. Two outstanding musicians from the Catawba College faculty are offering free recitals in one week. On Wednesday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the Catawba College campus, woodwind player Jack Murray will perform works by Benjamin Britten, Steven Harlos, and others.
Catawba College's Dean of Performing Arts Selected for New National Leadership Development Program
Catawba College is pleased to announce that Dr. Woodrow Hood is one of only 42 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. Individuals chosen for the program are mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities.
Catawba College's Community Music Program Welcomes New Director
As Catawba College's Community Music Program marks its 26th year, it welcomes a new director – only its fourth since the program began in 1984. Erin Harper, who has worked with the program as its lead keyboard instructor, will fill the director's role held for the past 12 years by Dr. Julie Chamberlain. Chamberlain had accepted the program baton in 1997 when Elizabeth "Libby" Carlton, founder of the program, retired.
Why Class Piano?
Catawba's Community Music Program is the only program in the area that offers group classes for piano. It does this utilizing a keyboard lab of 16 Yamaha state of the art keyboards. Group classes in piano are a fairly new and inventive way of teaching, and few people understand the value in learning in a group setting.
VIDEO: Music Student Performs in Televised Horn Choir Session
Melanie Hudson '12, a music education major, recently played in a horn choir session along with Dr. Barry Sang, Professor of Religion and Instructor in Music at Catawba. The performance was broadcast by public access Channel 21 in Mecklenburg County. Hudson and Sang are regular members of the Horn Society of the Carolinas group, which was invited to perform for the televised session.
Catawba College Vernaculars to Perform Queen Tribute
Source: SalisburyPost.com. It's become a rite of spring in Salisbury. As the weather warms and the azaleas bloom, the Catawba College's Vernaculars gear up for their annual Legacy concert. Past years have brought performances of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the Beatles' Abbey Road, a history of funk, and even a tribute to Michael Jackson. This year, the tradition grows as two Vernaculars ensembles square off to outdo each other.
Catawba Community Band and Salisbury Swing Band to Perform April 30th
The Catawba College Community Band and the Salisbury Swing Band will perform together in a program entitled, "Let Me Entertain You!" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30th in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. Dr. Stephen Etters will conduct the bands at this free event. Program selections include "The Sinfonians" (Symphonic March) by Clifton Williams, "Riders for the Flag" (U.S. Army Mounted Calvary March) by John Philip Sousa...
Catawba College Wind Ensemble Shares Selections from Spring Tour
On Thursday, April 15, the Catawba College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Etters, associate professor of music, embarked on its "Springtime in the Carolinas" tour. Approximately 30 students, with majors as diverse as Biology and Environmental Science, in addition to Music and Music Education, presented concerts in Concord, Rock Hill, Florence, and North Charleston before returning to the Catawba campus on Sunday, April 18.
Catawba College Wind Ensemble on Tour
On Thursday, April 15, the Catawba College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Etters, associate professor of music, will embark on its "Springtime in the Carolinas" tour. Approximately 30 students, with majors as diverse as Biology and Environmental Science, in addition to Music and Music Education, will present concerts in Concord, Rock Hill, Florence, and North Charleston before returning to the Catawba campus on Sunday, April 18.
"You've Got to Want It," Blakley Leonard Says
An online Battle of the Bands contest might seem an odd way for a student to be introduced to the college he or she would eventually attend, but that is exactly what happened in the case of Blakley Leonard of Abingdon, Va. Blakley's band, The Calendar Effect, came in second place in the Young Guns 2008 Battle of the Bands national online competition that Catawba College coordinates and hosts. It was actually a current Catawba music business student, Lara Poplo, who discovered Blakley's band...
Catawba Presents Handel's Messiah
On Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., the combined choirs of Catawba College will perform George Frederick Handel's Messiah at Omwake Dearborn Chapel on the Catawba campus. The Catawba Singers, Catawba Chorale, Catawba Chamber Singers, and the vocal faculty of the College have worked since September to prepare this concert of Handel's revered oratorio.
Singular Voices 2010 at Catawba College
Catawba News Service. The Catawba College Department of Music will present its annual Singular Voices concert on Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Florence Busby Corriher Theater on the Catawba College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
A CATAWBA STORY: Welcome to My Photo Shoot
by Lisa Easter '10, Music Business Major. Here's a video of the photo shoot process for my album "Welcome to My World," which was released in June 2009. The video features the first single off of the album entitled "I'm Not." This experience was a dream come true. I enjoyed working with the photographer Adam Minton because he captured my vision of the album perfectly. My favorite thing about the whole process was seeing everything fall into place.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 8 (Raleigh, NC to Catawba)
by Quinn McRae '12. WE'RE COMING HOME! Whew! Everyone is D-O-N-E with tour in every way. So, my roommate Mike and I managed to make it through an entire tour without any insane host families. Our last was a very generous older couple who treated us to McDonald's for breakfast. Read more...
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 4 (Alexandria, VA to Washington, D.C.)
by Quinn McRae '12. For being on a Therma-Rest® on the floor, I slept great. Mollie Landers, Catawba grad and seminary student lent her house to seven of us. There was enough room for us to be comfortable and I really didn't mind the floor because it meant I could put my feet closer to the fireplace. Also, this house was literally 20 steps away from the church where we performed. Convenient. And bless her heart, she got up in the morning and bought freshly-made bagels for us.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 7 (Easton, Md to Raleigh, NC)
by Zach McRae '12. The previous night I and seven other guys were put up in a hotel. Our very generous host really just acted as a chauffeur to and from, and we were all very grateful for the freedom it provided. I can personally say that I was grateful for the continental breakfast. It was an obnoxiously early breakfast, but it was still breakfast.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 5 (Arlington, VA to Lancaster, PA)
by Zach McRae '12. So today is the day. No, not that day, it's the day that we get to eat at Miller's Smorgasbord in Lancaster County, Pa.! Oh you haven't heard of it either? That's okay, just know it was the most highly anticipated food stop on tour.
Catawba Singers Offer Home Concert to Cap 2010 Tour of Mid-Atlantic States
The Catawba College Singers and the Catawba Chamber Singers will offer a free home concert to cap their 2010 Mid-Atlantic States Tour at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The Singers will be conducted by Associate Professor and Director of Vocal Choral and Sacred Music Studies Paul E. Oakley, and accompanied on the piano by Dr. Robert Hallquist, instructor of piano and choral accompanist.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 3 (Frederick, MD to D.C., to Arlington, VA)
by Zach McRae '12. I think any day that starts with a breakfast hash is likely to be a good one. I even discussed with my host for that previous night the possibility of adding onions to his recipe for a little something special. I could tell from there it was going to be a good day for America, or at least me. It turned out it was Kris Watson's birthday, which I learned as we all met at the church later that morning before our departure.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 2 (Henderson, NC to Frederick, MD)
by Quinn McRae '12. I got up at 6:45 a.m. and somehow had energy. My host family – The Headmans — made a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, fake bacon, toast and muffins. I learned that I love blackberry preserves. We made it to church safely by eight o'clock and since the Goobers had to wait for the riser committee, we just caught up on the night before...
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Day 1 (From Catawba to Henderson, NC)
by Zach McRae '12. First I need to give a little more back ground information. So I will. The Catawba Singers are made up of 70+ singers of varying majors and interests. Our director is the fabulous and handsome Professor Paul Oakley, he joins us on this trip along with...
Catawba College to Host Free Horn-Brass Workshop Jan. 22nd
The Catawba College Music Department will host a free Horn-Brass Workshop with Frank Portone between 4 and 5:15 p.m. Friday, January 22 in the lobby of Hoke Hall on campus. Portone, principal horn of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the past 28 seasons and a teacher of horn, will conduct the workshop.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Meet Quinn McRae
by Quinn McRae '12. Hello readers! My name is Quinn McRae of Hendersonville, N.C. I am a sophomore musical theatre major at Catawba and a Catawba Singer. This is my second tour with the Singers, but my first of this kind — with daily bus rides to another state and another church.
Spring 2010 Community Music Program Enrollment Now OPEN
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for spring classes, ensembles and lessons. Providing quality music education and experiences for students of all ages and levels of ability for 25 years, Community Music is located on the campus of Catawba College.
STUDENT BLOG: Twins on Tour - Meet Zach McRae
by Zach McRae '12. I thought I should start with an introduction — my name is Zach McRae of Hendersonville, N.C. I am a sophomore theatre major here at Catawba and I've been a part of the Catawba Singers since my first semester here. But now that I've got you, I do suppose I'll give you some extra info about me for free. Besides the performing arts I have a sincere love for the culinary arts...
Catawba College Music Business Student Releases Debut Album
Lisa Easter admits she is on the fast track. She is a 20-year-old Catawba College senior, majoring in music business, and she has already released her first full-length album, "Welcome to My World," and spent a summer working on Warped Tour.
Catawba Singers Make 2010 Tour of Mid-Atlantic States
The Catawba College Singers will make their 2010 Tour of the Mid-Atlantic States January 7 through 14. The Singers, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Choral and Sacred Music Studies Paul E. Oakley, plan performance stops in Frederick, Md.; Washington, D.C.; Lancaster, Pa.; Easton, Md.; and Raleigh, N.C.
Music Business Student Releases Christmas Album
When Catawba College junior, Monica Ostroska of Salisbury, put together her "Merry Little Christmas" album, it was not just a seasonal offering, it was an exercise in her craft. The East Rowan High School graduate and fledgling songwriter/musician majoring in music business decided to do her own sort of capitalization on the holiday season.
Springsteen Backup Vocalist Sings at Catawba
By Christine Shuster for The Salisbury Post. It's a Saturday afternoon in November, and I find myself in the luxurious Cloninger Guest House at Catawba College, listening to a woman sing and play piano. This isn't just any woman; and this isn't just any song. This is Lisa Lowell, playing one of her original songs for me. Lowell is a professional background singer who has performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, B.B. King, Sheryl Crowe, Stevie Wonder and many others.
Catawba College Music Department Presents Twenty-Second Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
For the twenty-second consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music presents its annual Service of Lessons and Carols. The Thursday, December 3 performance in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel is the only one open to the general public. A Tuesday performance is for invited guests of the College.
Internship Experiences Include Math, Alternative Rock, Even Bats
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. What do mathematics, alternative rock, bats and the N.C. Transportation Museum all have in common?
Students at Catawba College had summer internships related to these topics.
Four students shared their experiences in a colloquium Oct. 29 in Ketner Hall.
Choral Day at Catawba College: A Feast of Vocal Music
Local audience members will be able to enjoy a host of beautiful voices raised in joyful song on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel at Catawba College. In addition to a performance by the highly acclaimed 72-voice Catawba Singers, the Catawba Chamber Singers, Catawba Gospel Choir, and the newly formed Catawba Women's Chorale will perform.
Catawba "Pride" Pep Band to Perform at Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic
The Catawba "Pride" pep band will perform a special exhibition performance at the 4th Annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic to be held in Shuford Stadium next Saturday, October 10. The classic will feature 12 superior high school marching bands from across North Carolina.
New Yamaha Keyboard Lab Installed at Catawba College
Faculty and staff in Catawba College Music Department are still celebrating a new Yamaha keyboard laboratory recently installed by department members in Hoke Hall on campus. The lab, which includes a teacher station, audio hardware, lab peripherals and software, plus 16 student stations, will further integrate technology into the music curriculum offered to Catawba students.
Evolution of Catawba College's Pep Band Continues
When Dr. Stephen Etters joined the Catawba College Music Department back in 2000, his initial efforts to create a pep band on campus were short-lived. However, thanks to growth in the Music Department and some enthusiastic students, Catawba's Pep Band is back!
Catawba Singers to Perform at N.C. State Convention of American Choral Directors
The Catawba Singers will perform in a concert for the N.C. State Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18th. The concert will be offered in the Recital Hall at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Music Department Presents Woodwind Performer and Adjunct Professor Recital September 3
The Music Department of Catawba College will be presenting multiple woodwind performer and adjunct professor Jack Murray accompanied by Anna Brock in a recital on Thursday night September 3rd at 7:00 P.M. at Catawba College's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Course Offerings Through Catawba College Community Music
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now accepting enrollments for the Fall 2009 semester. All lessons and classes will begin the week of September 14. Celebrating 25 years of musical excellence, Catawba Community Music will offer the following courses for aspiring music students of all ages and abilities.
Catawba College's Community Music Program Marks 25th Year
It started in 1984 with only 12 students enrolled in a Music and Movement class using Orff-based music concepts. Now, as it marks its 25th anniversary, Catawba College's Community Music program has grown to serve more than 100 students each semester and to offer a Musikgarten program, vocal ensembles for children and youth, instrumental ensembles for youth, songwriting classes, piano classes, drama classes, and private instruction on almost any instrument.
Catawba College Students Continue to Be Finalists in National BMI Foundation's John Lennon Songwriting Contest
Not one, not two, but three Catawba College students have been selected as finalists in the 12th annual John Lennon Songwriting Contest. This brings to five the number of Catawba students who have placed either first, second or third in the Lennon competition in the past four years, an unparalleled feat in a contest that draws thousands of entries each year from student songwriters across the country.
Catawba Community Music Program Offers Summer Piano Camps
Source: SalisburyPost.com. The Catawba College Community Music Program announces the following summer opportunities for piano students. A Wicked Workshop: Keyboard Classes with a Wicked Twist!
Designed for young keyboard students (ages 7-14). Must have had at least one year of piano instruction. Private piano instruction also offered. Read more...
Catawba College Student to Participate in Conducting Workshop in Tuscany
Dan Ryan, a Catawba College senior from Westborough, Mass., majoring in music education, has made application and been accepted to participate this summer in the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany, Italy. There are three possible tiers of participation at the workshop slated August 1-8, including full conductor, conducting auditor and singer.
Catawba College Vernaculars to Perform Fabled Dark Side of Oz
Sometime during the 1990s, a legend arose. It said that a mysterious and wonderful synchronicity exists between Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 "Dark Side of the Moon" album and the 1939 Hollywood movie "The Wizard of Oz."
Alpha Psi Omega Students Use April 30th Intimidators' Game as Fundraiser
Catawba College's theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, is raising funds by selling tickets to the Thursday, April 30th home game of the Kannapolis Intimidators. Members of the Catawba Singers, who performed last month at Carnegie Hall in New York City, will also be singing the National Anthem at this game under the direction of Professor Paul E. Oakley.
Catawba College Student Croons Her Way into Radio Contest Semi-Finals
Monica Ostroska of Salisbury has already made the cut. Now, she's aiming to make the second one. The 21-year-old Catawba College sophomore is hoping fan support will help swing her from the semi-finals to the finals of a music contest now ongoing in the Charlotte market on station, 96.9 The Kat.
VIDEO: Rehearsal Excerpt from "An Evening of Magical Song"
A video excerpt from a rehearsal for An Evening of Magical Song." Video courtesy of the Theatre Arts department.
Shelving and Work Tables from Salisbury Chair Factory Reused and Repurposed as Part of Catawba College Theatre Set
Theatre-goers attending Catawba College's "An Evening of Magical Song" April 16-18 in Keppel Auditorium probably will not realize that the production's set is the result of a large recycle/reuse materials project. Steel shelving and work tables salvaged after the recent closing of local Carter Chair/Carter Furniture on Long Street were donated to the Theatre Arts Department, according to Professor Christopher Zink.
Catawba College Presents "An Evening of Magical Song" April 16-18th
Families and kids of all ages will enjoy Catawba College's "An Evening of Magical Song" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18 in Keppel Auditorium on campus. The production is a collaboration between the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music.
From Carnegie Hall to Catawba: Home Concert Featuring Mendelssohn's "Elijah"
Catawba College students felt like rock stars, Music Professor Paul E. Oakley said, as they sang the last measures of Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah" in Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and Catawba faculty soloists. "The large crowd in attendance leapt to their feet screaming, 'Bravo,' an uncommon, yet welcomed response that only a New York audience can give," Oakley added.
Homage to Winter: January 30th Faculty Recital at Catawba College to Feature Schubert's "Die Winterreise"
Why would anyone want to sing about winter? Because the winter season is a reality in every life, and Austrian Composer Franz Schubert, who faced illness and an early death at age 30, found resonance in poetry about shortened days, cold winds and the other discomforts of winter.
Community Members Invited to Free Voice Clinic at Catawba College
If you sing, whether in a church choir, a community chorale or in a high school chorus, you are invited to a free voice clinic at Catawba College sponsored by the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts. Led by Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, a Clinical Coordinator/Speech-Language Pathologist and Professional/Singing Voice Specialist for the Duke Voice Care Center at Duke University Medical Center...
Students Participate in Catawba College Community Music Performances
The Catawba College Community Music Program hosted several fall semester performance events for students enrolled in the program. Established in 1984, Catawba Community Music was designed to provide a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes, ensembles and performance opportunities to help students of all ages and abilities...
Catawba College Community Music Program Enrolling Now
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for spring classes, ensembles and lessons. Providing quality music education and opportunities for students of all ages and levels of ability since 1984, Community Music is located in the Williams Music Building on the campus of Catawba College.
An Evening of Magical Song
Catawba College offers an event for families and kids of all ages. Enjoy an evening of your Disney favorites, including classic Disney songs from "Mary Poppins," "Pete's Dragon," "Jungle Book," "Sister Act," "Snow White," and more contemporary favorites like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," "Tarzan," and "High School Musical." This musical extravaganza is fully costumed...
Close to 1,300 Attend Catawba College's Twenty-First Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
Not even cancer could have kept Professor Paul E. Oakley from directing Catawba College's 21st annual Service of Lessons and Carols this year. Most of the almost 1,300 people who attended one of the two performances held December 2 and 4 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus weren't even aware of Oakley's personal battle.
Award-Winning Singer and Catawba Alumnus Dennis Reed Performs on Campus
One of Catawba College's most successful music graduates will return to his alma mater for a special performance this coming Monday evening, Dec. 8, as Dennis Reed brings with him the acclaimed gospel choir he founded and directs, God's Appointed People (GAP). Reed and GAP are quickly becoming a significant force in the world of gospel music, and Catawba proudly celebrates their success with this special public event.
Catawba College's Chapter of the Collegiate Music Educator's National Conference Receives Excellence Award
Catawba College's chapter (#1002) of the Collegiate Music Educator's National Conference received its seventh straight annual "Chapter of Excellence Award" for exceptional activities in service and professional development in music education at the 2008 N.C. Music Educators Association In-Service Conference held annually in Winston-Salem at the Benton Convention Center.
Catawba College Music Department Presents Twenty-First Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
For the twenty-first consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols. The Thursday, December 4 performance in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel is the only one open to the general public. A Tuesday, December 2 performance is for invited guests of the College only.
Catawba College Junior Releases CD
Singer/songwriter Katie Bragg, a Catawba College junior from Snow Hill, Md., says she "became bolder in college," and the recent release of her first self-titled CD, containing four original songs, is a testament to that.
Estate Gift to Catawba College Establishes New Scholarship, Buys Choir Robes and Funds Choir Tour
The late Ruby Miller Sanchez of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Spencer, N.C., was a 1947 alumnus of Catawba College. Through a gift from his estate, her husband, the late Jose R. Sanchez, memorialized her at the institution by establishing the Ruby Miller Sanchez Endowed Scholarship. Monies from his estate also funded the purchase of choir robes and the costs of an annual choir tour at Catawba.
How a Music Nut Cracked the Music Business to Launch the Avett Brothers
Dolphus Ramseur describes himself as "a music nut" and says that he's trying "to sell art and leave a legacy of art" through his company Ramseur Records of Concord. Ramseur's independent record label has been home for the last half dozen years to the Avett Brothers, popular and quirky musicians whose major label debut is being produced by the legendary Rick Rubin for his American Recordings, a Columbia label.
Alpha Chi Induction Address from Professor Paul E. Oakley
Professor Paul E. Oakley of the Music Department delivered the address at the Alpha Chi Induction on September 19, 2008. "Madame President, Dr. Sinnott, distinguished members and inductees of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, faculty sponsors, family members and guests, it is indeed an honor to share in celebrating the academic achievements of these gifted young women and men, who represent the "brightest and best" of our students at Catawba College..."
RESULTS of Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic
Marching bands from Rowan and surrounding counties competed on Catawba College’s campus on Saturday, October 4 in the third annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic.
Third Annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic to Be Held at Catawba College
Marching bands from Rowan and surrounding counties will visit the Catawba College campus on Saturday, October 4 to compete in the third annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic.
Catawba College Vernaculars to Perform Music of Michael Jackson
It's Back to Jack for the Catawba College Vernaculars when they present their first concert of the new school year. The outdoor event will feature eleven songs made famous by Michael Jackson done up in the Vernaculars' own way — heavy on the rock, hold the disco. Free and open to the public, the concert will be held on the lawn outside the Catawba Student Center on Sunday, October 5th, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Catawba College Named One of Nation's Best Music Schools for 2009
For the second year in a row, Catawba College has been named one of the nation's best music schools by "In Tune Monthly." Catawba was one of only 38 institutions included in the magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools of 2009.
Catawba College's Community Music Program Announces the Addition of New Faculty Members
Catawba College's Community Music Program is pleased to announce the addition of new faculty members for 2008-2009 classes. This program is now enrolling students for classes, ensembles and lessons. Classes and lessons begin the week of September 8, 2008. To register or for more information, please call the Catawba College Community Music Office...
Enroll Now for Catawba College Community Music's Fall Classes
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for 2008-2009 classes, ensembles and lessons. Providing quality music education and opportunities for students of all ages and levels of ability since 1984, Community Music is located in the Williams Music Building, Music Annex and the Hoke Building on the campus of Catawba College.
Catawba College Community Music Program Presents "Finding the Keys to the Treasure" Piano Camp
Discover the clues to unlock your creativity and musicianship skills at the piano through music including themes from the feature films "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure." Students will be grouped according to ability level and will participate in activities including Theory, Ensemble (Duets), Repertoire, Improvisation and Technique. Snack and Musical Recreation time will also be included...
They're Not Alone: Ghost Appearances Keep Life Interesting for Local Family
By Kathy Chaffin, Salisbury Post. In the meantime, Steve, a music professor at Catawba College, was getting ready to lead his first Community Band rehearsal when his family came running into his office. "The kids are crying," he recalls. "Kim's saying, 'I want to move. I'm not spending one more night in that house.'"
Catawba College Community Music Students Participate in Piano Guild Auditions
Catawba College Community Music students enrolled in the piano studio of Mrs. Angela Robbins participated in the Piano Guild Auditions on April 26, 2008. Students included George Mobley, Gabe Steinman, Rachel Hopler, Anna Chamberlain and Mason Jennings. All of Mrs. Robbins' students scored a Superior rating at this year's Guild Auditions - the highest rating that can be received.
Catawba College Community Music Program Hosts Spring 2008 Music Recitals
The Catawba Community Music Program hosted several spring recital events for students enrolled in the program. Piano recitals were held Sunday, May 18 in the Peeler Crystal Lounge at Catawba College...
At Catawba College, Cheen Lectures Bridge Classroom and Music Industry
More than ever, today's music industry is a fast-paced, hard-scrapple race for success. That is the critical message music business majors at Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) have been learning from industry veteran Jeffrey Cheen during the spring 2008 semester.
Catawba College to Offer A Musical Celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2008, singers from many of the major choral ensembles in the Salisbury area will unite with the choirs of Catawba College in a concert honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of the great composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert will be held in the cathedral style-architecture and acoustic of the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the Catawba College campus.
Catawba Singers' Home Concert March 16
The Home Concert of the Catawba Singers will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel at Catawba College. This concert follows the Singers spring concert tour which took them to performance venues throughout the Southeast. A wide variety of repertoire will be performed...
Catawba College Trustees Approve Tenure for Four Faculty Members
Tenure for four faculty members was unanimously approved when the Catawba College Board of Trustees met Feb. 18 and 19 on campus. Trustees heard tenure recommendations from Catawba's faculty tenure and promotions committee.
Catawba Singers Release Spring 2008 Tour Itinerary
Fifty-nine Catawba College students, all members of the Catawba Singers, the college's auditioned concert choir, are set to depart campus for their Spring 2008 Tour on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The Spring 2008 Tour coincides in part with Catawba's spring break, which begins March 1.
Catawba Students Develop Young Guns 2008 Teen Nationwide Online Battle of the Bands and Songwriting Contest
Nationwide band competitions and songwriting contests abound, but few of them are for younger musicians. The Young Guns 2008 TEEN Nationwide Online Battle of the Bands and Songwriting Contest is out to change that in a big way. The first-of-its-kind competition is offering not just one but two grand prizes that are sure to inspire any high-school-age artist.
1995 Alumna Reflects on Her Catawba College Experience
When she came to Catawba, Amy Jordan '95, a student from Baltimore, Md., loved musical theatre and dance. But after she took just one psychology class on campus during her freshman year, she developed yet another fascination and interest.
Catawba Music Department Concludes Twentieth Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
For the twentieth consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music presented its annual Service of Lessons and Carols, on Tuesday and Thursday, December 4 and December 6, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Catawba College Music Department to Present Twentieth Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
For the twentieth consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols, on Tuesday and Thursday, December 4 and December 6, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. This will be a premier event for Paul E. Oakley, Catawba College's new Director of Choral, Vocal and Sacred Music Studies, Associate Professor of Music, and also the College Organist.
Catawba College Plans Thanksgiving Service, "With Hearts and Hands and Voices"
At 6 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2007 the splendid acoustics of Catawba College's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will resound with the sounds of hundreds of voices, brass, handbells, and the College's Casavant pipe organ. Members of the Salisbury community will be joining together to sing thanksgiving to God for the blessings received each day.
Piedmont High School Marching Panthers Wins Lord Salisbury Competition
Piedmont High School Marching Band from Monroe was awarded Grand Champion and winner of the 2007 Lord Salisbury Cup during the second annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic held Saturday, October 13 at Catawba College. Piedmont, under the direction of Jody Lukac, obtained an impressive overall score of 91, out of a possible 100 points.
Catawba Alumnus Dennis Reed to Deliver Initial Sermon
2006 Catawba College alumnus Dennis Reed of Charlotte will give his initial sermon on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at New St. John Baptist Church. While at Catawba, Reed was the first place winner of the BMI Foundation's 9th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Awards in 2006. In 2007, Reed was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
Give Up the NFL Oct. 7th for a Catawba College Hymn Festival and Faculty Recital!
Would you ever give up the NFL on a Sunday afternoon or evening and come to an academic organ recital because you thought it would be more fun? Catawba College's organist would and he's a huge fan of the NFL! Professor Paul E. Oakley, Catawba College's new Director of Choral, Vocal and Sacred Music Studies and the College Organist, is encouraging members of both the College and the Salisbury-Rowan communities to attend the October 7th Hymn Festival and Faculty Recital...
Catawba College to Host Second Annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic
Marching bands from Rowan and surrounding counties will visit the Catawba College campus on Saturday, October 13 to compete in the Second Annual Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic. Fifteen marching bands, representing 10 school districts in the state, have registered to participate in the competition which runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Oct. 13th in Catawba's Shuford Stadium.
Theatre Department Presents "The Exonerated"
What if you were convicted of a crime you did not commit then later exonerated before your scheduled execution for that crime? It could happen, did happen, and does happen. The Catawba College Theatre Arts Department's production of "The Exonerated" is a play based on the true stories of six individuals whose lives were irrevocably changed when they were convicted of crimes they did not commit. The play, directed by Theatre Arts Professor Christopher Zink, will be performed at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday
Catawba College Community Plans 9-11 Commemorations
The Catawba College community will commemorate Sept. 11, 2001 in two different ways Tuesday evening — with a free concert, "Bands Not Bombs 2007," and with a worship service of remembrance. The outdoor concert organized by Catawba College senior Brianna Smith of Austin, Texas, is scheduled between 6 and 9:30 p.m. on the lawn of Abernethy Quad. Bands and entertainment featured include 23-19, Katie Bragg, Derek Daisey, and Fisher Street Band, all of which involve Catawba students or musicians with
Catawba Community Music Offerings for 2007-2008
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for 2007-2008 classes, ensembles and lessons. Providing quality music education and opportunities for students of all ages and levels of ability since 1984, Community Music is located in the Williams Music Building on the campus of Catawba College. The program was designed to provide a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities to help students of all ages and
Catawba's New Choral Director Plans to Stoke Students' Love of Music
Paul E. Oakley's rather unconventional childhood fueled his own passion for music. He is hoping to stoke that same passion in Catawba students, whether they seek to major in sacred music, his area of expertise, or simply to maintain their music as a hobby or pastime.
Catawba College Professor and Two Students Participate in Muzak's Summer Noise! Camp in Los Angeles
Dr. David Lee Fish, an associate professor of music at Catawba College, and two Catawba music business majors participated in Muzak's Summer Noise! Camp in Los Angeles in July. Noise! is sponsored by the Muzak's Heart & Soul Foundation and brings teens from across the country together for two weeks each summer for an up-close view of the music industry.
Catawba Community Music Students Participate in Spring Recitals
The Catawba Community Music Program provided two performance opportunities for many of the students enrolled in the program. Both recitals were held Sunday, May 20 in the Tom Smith Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College. Music of diverse styles was shared by performers ranging from young to adult students on a variety of instruments.
Catawba College Student Derek Daisey Places Second in National BMI Foundation's John Lennon Songwriting Contest
For the second year in a row, a Catawba College student has been named a top finisher in the BMI Foundation's Tenth Annual John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Derek Daisey, a 20-year-old resident of Lewes, Delaware, and a music business major, tied for second place in the 2007 competition and will receive a $5,000 scholarship for his song "Where to Begin."
Catawba College Student Releases Debut CD
Catawba College Sophomore Derek Daisey of Milton, Del., released his debut CD, "All Behind Me," in mid-April and was feted April 30th with an on-campus reception. Daisey, a 20-year-old music business major, wrote and performed the songs on the CD which he describes as "full of coarse realities, strong harmonies, inspired guitar riffs and captivating hooks."
Salisbury Idol Prelims Draw 60+: Finalists Compete Saturday, April 28
Salisbury, NC, April 23, 2007. North Carolina's reputation as a breeding ground for talented singing idols proved itself again last Saturday when nearly 70 contestants competed in the preliminary round of the 2007 Salisbury Idol competition. The hopefuls first sang for two panels of judges in the Ketner Building of Catawba College. About 40 then moved on to a second phase, where 12 finalists were selected to vie this coming Saturday evening, April 28 for the $1000 grand prize.
Carolina Roots Rocker Bill Noonan Comes to Catawba College May 3rd
Bill Noonan has been an influential roots rock songwriter and performer since long before roots rock was cool. During the 1990s, he fronted the legendary Charlotte-based Americana group the Rank Outsiders. Noonan is now performing original songs with his own band in support of a rollicking new album, Catawba City. The CD takes a cold, hard look at the sacrifices being made in this part of North Carolina in the name of progress.
Catawba College Music Department Presents "Hey, Look Me Over!"
The Catawba College Music Department will present the thirteenth annual Pops Concert on Friday, April 27, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., in the Peeler Crystal Lounge in the Robertson College-Community Center on the Catawba campus. "Hey, Look Me Over!" is a concert of popular, jazz, and swing selections by the Catawba Singers and Madrigals, directed by Rosemary C. Kinard.
First Annual Salisbury Idol Contest: $1000 Grand Prize
Maybe it's something in the water. Maybe it's the Carolina sunshine. Maybe it's the barbeque. Whatever it is, North Carolina has given the world more than its fair share of singing idols, including Clay Aiken of Raleigh, Fantasia Barrino of High Point, and Kellie Pickler of Albermarle. Are you next? Catawba College announces the first annual Salisbury Idol contest (not related to American Idol) to give singers of all ages and styles living in Rowan County and beyond the opportunity of showing th
The Catawba Music Department Presents CHORAL FAVORITES
In honor of retiring director and assistant professor of music, Rosemary C. Kinard, the Catawba Chorale and Camerata will join with the Catawba Singers in a presentation of some of Mrs. Kinard's favorite choral compositions in a 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, April 15th. The St. John's Men's Chorus will also perform as special guests at the free performance to be held in Catawba College's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Beethoven Blasts into Catawba Community Music Program
Ludwig van Beethoven was 5'6" tall and his favorite food was macaroni and cheese. He had to have exactly 60 coffee beans to make his coffee; 59 or 61 were absolutely not acceptable. And Fur Elise was actually written for Therese, except she declined his marriage proposal, so he renamed it "for Elise"!
Catawba College Hosts Young Guns Battle of the Bands
Catawba College is now accepting entries for its first annual Carolina Young Guns Battle of the Bands for high-school musicians. Finalists will be invited to Catawba's Salisbury, N.C., campus for a Final Showdown on Saturday April 28, 2007.
Catawba College Students' Band Releases New Album Feb. 24
The Fisher Street Band, which consists of four Catawba College students and one Salisbury musician, will release its debut CD, "In the Background of the World, Saturday, Feb. 24. To celebrate the release, the band will offer a free performance at Las Palmas on Fisher Street in downtown Salisbury beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. At that event, copies of the Band's CD will be available for only $5 each and the first 20 people who purchase a CD will receive a free t-shirt or other band merchandis
Catawba College's Young Artist in Residence Is Finalist in International Songwriting Competition
One of Catawba College's 2006 graduates, who was the first place winner of the BMI Foundation's 9th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Awards, is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
Guest Faculty Recital
The Catawba College Music Department extends an invitation to the public for a guest faculty piano recital, "Three Centuries in Two Countries," performed by Dr. Robert Hallquist on Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 pm in the Omwake Dearborn Chapel. Those attending the free concert are invited to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at a reception following the concert in the Lilly Center, located in the basement of the chapel.
Catawba Community Music Program Enrollment
The Catawba Community Music Program is now accepting enrollments for spring semester classes and lessons. An outreach program of the Catawba College Music Department since 1984, Community Music continues to provide quality music instruction for aspiring music students of all ages and abilities through the following new spring classes and ensembles:
Catawba College Music Department's Nineteenth Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
SALISBURY, N.C. – For the nineteenth consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music presented its annual Christmas Choral Concert, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Tuesday and Thursday, December 5 and December 7, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Catawba College Music Department to Present Nineteenth Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
For the nineteenth consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music will present its annual Christmas Choral Concert, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Tuesday and Thursday, December 5 and December 7, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Catawba College Tuesday 515 Series to Feature Catawba Handbells
The public is invited to attend a Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 performance on at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 14, 2006, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The performance will feature a program of music for handbell ensemble.
Catawba College to Host Independent Indoor Drumline, "Cohesive"
Beginning January 2007, Catawba College will host the Piedmont's only independent indoor drumline, "Cohesive," which will be open to area percussionists ages 14-21. "Cohesive," which is affiliated with Winter Guard International, will be under the direction of Lea Meyers of Charlotte, a former music educator and professional musician with extensive concert and marching percussion expertise.
Ledford High Marching Band Wins Lord Salisbury Competition
The Ledford High School Marching Band from Davidson County won the Lord Salisbury Cup during the October 7th Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic held at Catawba College. Ledford obtained a 91.5 overall score out a possible 100.
Local Musicians to Appear in Baseball Movie
Eight local musicians have been selected to play in a movie being filmed in the Charlotte region. "We're kind of excited about it," Dr. Stephen Etters said Tuesday. Etters is associate professor of music education at Catawba College and a member of the Catawba Brass. All five members of the Catawba Brass will take part in the film along with three other Rowan County musicians.
Catawba College to Host Lord Salisbury Marching Band Contest
Marching bands from Rowan and surrounding counties will converge on Catawba College’s campus beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7 to participate in the 2006 Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic.
Catawba College Music Faculty Attend National Meeting
Three members of Catawba College's Music Department faculty presented papers September 15 at the national meeting of the College Music Society in San Antonio, Texas. They were Dr. David Fish, associate professor of music, Dr. Julie Chamberlain, assistant professor of music, and Dr. Renee McCachren, professor of music and chair of the music department.
Salisbury Couple Honored with Catawba College Scholarship
Catawba College Alumnus Kevin Carlton '85 and wife Wendy of Salisbury have established a scholarship fund at the College in honor of Kevin's parents, Dr. C. Robert and Elizabeth Carlton, both of whom are retired Catawba faculty members. The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing education majors in the fields of mathematics, computer science or music.
Catawba Graduate Wins Top John Lennon Scholarship Award
One of Catawba College's 2006 graduates, Dennis Reed of Charlotte, is the first place winner of the BMI Foundation's 9th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Awards. The 21-year-old music business major shared the stage with Lil Jon, Maroon 5, and others in a May 16th ceremony in Los Angeles.
Catawba's Music 515 Series Presents "A Tribute to Mozart"
This academic year's final performance of Catawba College's Music 515 Series is slated at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the Omwake Dearborn Chapel on campus. The performance will be a tribute to Mozart in his 250th anniversary year and features members of the Catawba Department of Music and the Catawba Brass.
The Catawba College Music Department Presents "THE MOZART CONNECTION",A Concert of Choral Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Friends
"THE MOZART CONNECTION", a concert of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and two of his contemporaries, Josef Haydn and Ludwig von Beethoven, will be presented by the Catawba College Choral Department at the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 9.
Catawba Music Department Presents "Seasons of Love," A Concert of Popular and Jazz Favorites by the Catawba Singers and Madrigals
The Catawba College Music Department will present the 12th annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2006, in the Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. Seasons of Love is a concert of popular, jazz, and swing selections by the Catawba Singers and Madrigals, directed by Rosemary C. Kinard, assistant professor of music at Catawba.
Catawba College Tuesday 515 Series Presents "The Ives of March"
The public is invited to attend the second in the Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 performances for the spring semester at 5:15 p.m. March 14, 2006 in the Omwake Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Catawba's Community Music Program Accepting Enrollments, Adds Piano Faculty
The Catawba Community Music Program, an outreach of the Catawba College Music Department, is accepting enrollments for spring semester and a new instructor has joined the piano faculty.
Catawba College Music Department to Present Annual Services of Lessons and Carols
The Catawba College Department of Music will present its eighteenth annual Christmas Choral Concert, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Tuesday and Thursday, December 6 and December 8, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. In recent years, both performances have played to full houses due to the high level of community interest.
"Water Walker" Is Catawba College Student's Debut Album
Catawba College Senior Dennis Reed of Charlotte wants to be real, for God that is. He wants to exploit his talents as a musician and composer and sort of be all he can be for God. You might say that Reed’s new gospel album, "Water Walker," is a tribute to God. This music business major is grateful for his talents and has not buried them in the biblical sense, but rather grown them three-fold with "Water Walker" as the result.
Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 presents “Celtic Celli” October 11
The public is invited to attend the second in Catawba College’s Tuesday Music 515 performances for this fall, at 5:15 p.m. October 11, 2005, in the Omwake Dearborn Chapel on campus. An unusual program, which could also be called “Lord of the Dance on Cellos and Guitar,” will be featured.
Catawba’s Community Music Program Announces New Personnel
The Catawba Community Music Program, an outreach of the Catawba College Music Department, announces the addition of two new performing-artist teachers. Dr. Joan Metelli, who teaches voice, and Jesse Davis, who teaches piano, have joined that program.
Catawba College Tuesday 515 Series Opens September 13
The public is invited to attend the first of Catawba College’s Tuesday Music 515 performances for this fall at 5:15 p.m. September 13, 2005 in the Omwake Dearborn Chapel on campus. This year’s opening performance will feature a duo organ recital by Adam Ward and John Alexander.
2005 Catawba College Choir Alumni Reunion
What a success! The first reunion of former Catawba choir participants brought much excitement to the campus. Sixty-five individuals pledged to sing again with outstanding former music directors Dr. Lonny Bond, Dr. Robert Weaver, Mr. Gil Pirovano and current director, Professor Rosemary Kindard.
Catawba College Offers Private Music Instruction
Catawba College’s Department of Music is offering private music instruction in brass instruments, woodwinds, and piano to students of all ages this summer. Dr. Steve Etters is the instructor for brass instruments, including trumpet, trombone, baritone and tuba. Maria Stine will provide private instruction in woodwinds, including clarinet, saxophone, double reed instruments and (beginner only) flute. Susan McClain is the instructor for piano students at all levels.
Catawba College Offers Musical Theatre Camp
Students between the ages of 8 and 12 who have an interest in musical theatre are encouraged to enroll in Catawba College’s Musical Theatre Camp, slated August 1-4. The camp will be held in the Williams Music Building on campus between 9 a.m. and noon each day and will be under the direction of Dr. Julie Chamberlain.
Catawba to Host Choir Reunion July 8 and 9
All former Catawba College choir members are invited to participate in a very special Choir Alumni Reunion July 8 and 9 on campus! Choir alumni are invited to bring their families and return for a weekend of music making. Events get underway Friday, July 8, with check in slated at the Williams Music Building on campus between 4 and 6 p.m. A Presidential Welcome Reception follows between 7 and 9 p.m. at the home of College President and First Lady, Robert and Brenda Knott.
Community Music Students Participate in Recitals
Many of the students who study music through the Catawba College Community Music Program participated in several spring recitals on April 24. All recitals, including both piano and instrumental programs, were performed on the campus of Catawba College for family and friends. Musical selections were inclusive, ranging from classical to contemporary styles.
Catawba College Music Faculty Participate in Annual Meeting
Three members of the Catawba College Music Department participated in the plenary session, “Musical Inclusiveness: the Catawba College Initiative,” at the College Music Society – Mid-Atlantic Chapter annual meeting held March 19 at West Virginia University.
The Catawba Brass and Friends to Perform at Tuesday 515, April 12, 2005
The final Tuesday Music 515 of the spring semester at Catawba College will feature the Catawba Brass Ensemble and the College’s Brass Choir in a program of sacred and secular music. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus
Western Carolina University Gamelan Ensemble to Perform at Catawba College
The Catawba College Music Department will host a free concert by the Western Carolina University Gamelan Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 18 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. This group will also be performing in local area schools thanks to a grant written by Salisbury’s Susan Trivette.
Music Department Presents To Sing With the Spirit, A Concert of Choral Music by English Composer John Rutter
To Sing With the Spirit, a free concert of music by the famous English Composer John Rutter, will be presented by the Catawba College Choral Department at the College’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2005.
Catawba Music Department Presents “All That Jazz,” a Concert of Popular and Jazz Favorites
The Catawba College Music Department will present the 11th annual Pops Concert on at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2005 in the Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. All That Jazz is a concert of popular, jazz, and swing selections by the Catawba Singers and Madrigals, directed by Rosemary C. Kinard.
Classic Arts Duo featured in Catawba College’s Tuesday 515 Music Series
The Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 performance for March 15, 2005, will feature The Classic Arts Duo – an innovative pairing of violin and classical guitar. The free, 30-minute program will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Omwake Dearborn Chapel on campus and will include selections by such composers as Telemann and Paganini, plus several original works by Greg Pannell.
Labeling Deloris Plays NYC
Several Catawba College students and their band, Labeling Deloris, played a gig at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City in early January. And, while they relished that experience, it simply left them wanting more performance opportunities and a wider audience for their original music.
Catawba College Music Department Presents Free Piano Concert
The Catawba College Music Department presents a free concert open to the public with Pianist Jesse Davis at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 5 at Keppel Auditorium in the Robertson College-Community Center.
Catawba College’s Tuesday 515 Series Resumes
The Tuesday Music 515 Concert Series resumes for the spring semester at Catawba College on at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2005 in the College’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. This free performance will feature Adam Ward, organist, in a program of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, including his famous “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” the “Gigue Fugue in G major,” and “The Prelude and Fugue in E minor.”
Fallout 2004 Concert November 11th
The Catawba College Vernaculars and Jazz Nucleus will present a joint concert on Thursday, November 11th at 7:30 pm. Fallout 2004 will feature the songs of Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder in addition to well-known jazz and blues works. The event, to be held in the Hedrick Little Theatre on the Catawba campus (Salisbury, North Carolina), is free and open to the public.
Music Department to Present Annual Services of Lessons and Carols
The Catawba College Department of Music will present its seventeenth annual Christmas Choral Concert, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Tuesday and Thursday, November 30 and December 2, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. In recent years, both performances have played to full houses due to the high level of community interest.
Tuesday 515 Series to Feature Catawba Chorale and Handbells
The public is invited to the third in the Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 performances for this fall, at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The program will feature music for handbells and choir by such composers as Praetorius, Bach, and Handel.
Food Lion Joins Sponsors for Oct. 8th Jen Chapin Concert
Food Lion has signed on as a sponsor of this week’s free Salisbury concert by performing songwriter and Hybrid Recordings artist Jen Chapin to be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 8th in Catawba College’s Keppel Auditorium. In keeping with Chapin’s work as president of World Hunger Year and founder of Artists Against Hunger and Poverty, Food Lion’s sponsorship will take the form of a nonperishable food donation to Rowan Helping Ministries.
Catawba College Tuesday 515 Series presents Moravian Music on October 12
The public is invited to attend the second in the Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 performances for this fall, at 5:15 p.m. October 12, 2004, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The program will feature Moravian vocal and choral music with Patsy Parnell and Kathryn Terry, sopranos; Rosemary Kinard, alto; Karl Kinard and Norman Sloop, tenors; and Ralph Hair, bass. Robert Durocher, Jr., will accompany the group on organ.
Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist Jen Chapin Will Offer Free Performance
The late Harry Chapin’s daughter is all grown up and blazing her own trails as a performing songwriter and social activist. She’ll share her considerable talents and selections from her major-label debut album, Linger, during a free Homecoming Weekend concert in Catawba College’s Keppel Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 8.
Chapin’s free performance is jointly sponsored by the Catawba Alumni Office, the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, Wigwam Productions and the Catawba Music Depar
Musical Comedy, “A New Brain,” Runs Oct. 6-10 at Catawba College
What do a frog, arterial venous malformation, and sailing all have in common? They are what bring the semi-autobiographical musical comedy, “A New Brain,” to life.
“A New Brain,” will be the first Blue Masque student- produced musical performed in 10 years when it opens at Catawba College’s Florence Busby Corriher Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 6. Other performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.
New Catawba College Tuesday Music 515 Series Opens September 14
Catawba College begins a new series of Tuesday Music 515 performances beginning at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
This year’s Tuesday Music 515 Series will open with a duo recital by Ralph Hair, playing baritone horn, and Robert Durocher, organ. They will play a program including music by Albinoni, Pachelbel, Handel, and Mozart.
Catawba College Community Music Program Welcomes Daniel Skidmore, Violin
The Catawba College Community Music Program is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel Skidmore to its faculty.
Space Still Available in Catawba’s Community Music Camps
Space is still available in Catawba College’s Community Music Camps, slated for June 28 through July 1 between 9 a.m. and noon in the Williams Music Building on campus.