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July 01, 2015

Wesleyan to Kick Off Second Year of Governor’s School for the Arts

Beginning next week, the air around West Virginia Wesleyan College will be filled with the excitement of 125 West Virginia high school juniors as the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) kicks off on the Buckhannon campus.  The creative School, running July 5-25, will feature sections in acting/theatre, creative writing, dance, digital media art, instrumental music, studio/visual art, and vocal music.

In 2013, Wesleyan was chosen to host GSA 2014-2016, and this year marks the second year GSA students will take residence on campus.  Students will stay in Dunn Hall and participate in master classes, studio time, and private instruction during their stay, as well as experience the arts culture that West Virginia has to offer. The students will travel to Elkins for blues night at the Augusta Festival, two Festival Fridays in Buckhannon, and a Greenbrier Valley Theatre performance in Lewisburg.

Many outside acts will also make their way to Buckhannon to put on shows for the students.  The West Virginia Dance Company, the James Moore Jazz Trio, literary readings from Wesleyan’s Master of Fine Arts program, and Pittsburgh-based groups are all in the program’s line-up.

John Waltz ’01, vice president for enrollment management, is serving as this year’s Dean, while Keith Saine, the College’s technical director, will serve as Assistant Dean and Shriya Adhikary, Dunn Hall graduate assistant, will serve as Resident Director.  Along with the administration team, there is a host of other Wesleyan faculty who will be assisting with the program: Dr. James Moore, professor of music; Tom Schoffler, associate professor of musical theatre; Dr. R. Daniel Hughes, director of choral activities; Zara Feeney, visiting artist-in-residence; Ashley Higginbotham, former Irene McKinney Fellow; and Shauna Jones, first-year academic advisor for the Student Success Center and adjunct instructor of creative writing.

“In our first year, we created a theme of connecting the arts and the interconnectedness of the disciplines,” stated Dean Waltz.  “In our second year, we are taking that even further.  Students need to advocate for the arts in the future, so we are looking at artists not existing in silos.  What’s great about the Wesleyan community of artists is that they are continuously collaborating.  Students will be exposed to a diverse array of performers that will be interesting and challenging and getting them to think, they will work in teams to present collaborative things, and they will be exposed to extremely talented faculty for the duration of the program.  Wesleyan has some of the best people in the state, and the GSA students are fortunate enough to have them as faculty members during their experience.”

For additional information on the Governor’s School for the Arts, please contact Dean John Waltz at waltz_jr@wvwc.edu or visit http://www.wvwc.edu/academics/governor-school-arts.  

Photo: Students from the 2014 session of GSA enjoy a Festival Friday performance in Buckhannon.

 

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