From "blue" to Rhapsody

Posted by Molly Sanford on Apr 20, 2018 12:03:00 PM

When I was no more than three, I would ask my parents if we could watch the “Guy Sleeping” movie again - otherwise known as my favorite part of Fantasia 2000, Rhapsody in Blue. George Gershwin’s concerto was an essential part of my early love for music. I’ve played piano for most of my life, but never expected that I would end up here and be able to do this for a living. I am now a piano performance major in my junior year at WMU; this past December, I got to live out my childhood dream performing as the soloist in Rhapsody in Blue!

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Topics: School of Music, The Student Experience

Q&A: The journey of a non-traditional student 

Posted by Vicki Cook on Apr 9, 2018 1:42:24 PM

 

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience, Richmond Center for Visual Arts

Broncos on the high seas

Posted by Jay Berkow on Feb 13, 2018 9:37:43 PM

Many graduates from the WMU Music Theatre Performance (MTP) program have graced the stages of Broadway, Chicago, National Tours and major regional theatres. It is always exciting to graduate and to have your theatre dreams come true. In addition to these opportunities, many music theatre students have taken their talents to the high seas. Performing as a cast member on one of the numerous cruise line has become a very lucrative and exciting way for young music theatre graduates to see the world and jumpstart their careers. While life on a cruise ship may not be for everyone, it is certainly an experience worth exploring. 

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Topics: The Student Experience, Department of Theatre, Alumni

The Cecily Shives story part III: A professional premiere

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Dec 18, 2017 4:13:57 PM

 

This past July, with nerves, excitement, and a U-Haul filled with her life’s possessions from four years spent in Kalamazoo, Cecily Shives moved across the country to begin her career as a professional ballerina. Unfortunately, however, this new life chapter did not start off on the right foot.

Just three weeks before her contract was set to commence with Ballet San Antonio, Cecily slipped and fell in rehearsal, breaking the fifth metatarsal in her foot. With an injury infamously known as the “dancer’s break,” Cecily was forced off the dance floor and into a boot before her professional career even started. The pain and frustration of being unable to dance, combined with the inevitable anxiety of coming into a new environment, left Cecily devastated.

 

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, College Decision, The Student Experience

The Cecily Shives story part II: College bound ballerina

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Oct 25, 2017 1:26:28 PM

 

Despite having two professional dancers as parents, Cecily’s dance journey wasn’t choreographed for her. Just watch her move about the stage or studio, and you’ll see that she got to where she is with her own commitment, resolve and talent.

“You’re only in this because your dad is with the Joffrey,” Cecily recalls peers sneering and suggesting when she was younger. While at times she internalized these resentful jabs and doubted herself, her dad, Willy Shives, reinforced that she was deserving of every role and spot because of her own abilities as a dancer.

“Even the times that I questioned it, he reminded me that he wouldn’t put me in a place that would reflect poorly on him,” she said. “I know I’ve earned [my success], but this flak is something I’ve had to deal with my whole life.”

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, College Decision, The Student Experience

Frostic School of Art students collaborate with Audiotree Music Festival

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 18, 2017 11:16:23 AM

 

Next weekend, Audiotree Music Festival will return to Arcadia Creek Festival Place, once again bringing "music and community together" in downtown Kalamazoo. But this year, the artists on stage aren't the only ones sharing their talent with audiences; the work of Gwen Frostic School of Art students will also be on display for concertgoers to enjoy.

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Topics: Frostic School of Art, The Student Experience, Kalamazoo

How Music Mountain stole my heart and will steal yours too

Posted by Molly Hill on Sep 1, 2017 12:05:05 PM

 

You know those experiences where you leave and think to yourself, “That was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. When can I do it again?”?  That is how I felt when I left College Audition Advantage just a couple weeks ago, right as the Berkshires were starting to feel like home.

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Topics: The Student Experience, Department of Theatre, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

Slam Dancing in Spain

Posted by Kirsten Smits on Aug 24, 2017 4:25:44 PM

 

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern through Performing Arts Abroad at a dance school in Barcelona Spain, Slam Dancing Studio. Over the course of six weeks, the internship involved many different roles and responsibilities. A role that impacted me most was the job of being a featured instructor at the school’s annual performing arts camp, which was taught in English. This camp was three weeks in length, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for ages 4-16.

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Topics: Study Abroad, Department of Dance, Dance, The Student Experience, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

A summer tending to Victory Gardens

Posted by Samantha Berger on Aug 21, 2017 11:58:29 AM

 

This past May I packed up my car with the barest essentials for a three-month adventure and made the move to Chicago, Illinois. This would be a solo adventure, and I would be lying if I said I was without trepidation. My destination was reached in three hours and thus began a summer like no other: a summer interning with Victory Gardens Theater.

 Victory Gardens Theater offers a transformative space for young arts professionals, and I was lucky to have this door opened for me when I attended the National Arts Marketing Conference last November in Austin, Texas. I was able to network with people from the Chicago theater industry and ultimately land this internship and make my vision of speaking truth and affecting change through the art I love a reality.

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Topics: The Student Experience, Department of Theatre, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

A summer as a stitcher

Posted by Adam Stocker on Jul 17, 2017 9:57:33 AM

 

My name is Adam Stocker, and I recently graduated from WMU's Department of Theatre as a technical production theatre major with an emphasis in costume construction. I grew up in Warren, Michigan, and I will soon  be moving to New York City to pursue all of my dreams and goals.

I spent my summer as a stitcher at The Glimmerglass Festival, an opera company in Cooperstown, NY. I worked here last year as an intern, and I came back this year as staff. The show I specifically worked the most on was Oklahoma! (Glimmerglass produces 1 musical and 3 operas each summer). I work 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. about six days a week, and I spend that time working in the costume shop, sewing away and building costumes. As a stitcher, my primary job is to construct the garments via a sewing machine.

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Topics: The Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

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