Dr. David Swerdlow, professor of English at Westminster College, presented a paper at the Associated Writing Programs annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Swerdlow's paper, "The Unknown Master of the Pure Poem Walks Nightly Among His Roses: Traveling Toward the Idea of God with Charles Wright," celebrates the 70th birthday of poet Charles Wright, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
"My paper was part of a session celebrating his achievements," Swerdlow said. "Specifically, I discussed the splendid failure of his poetic pilgrimage toward a personal relationship with God. I also discussed his commitment to writing a body of poetry rather than individual poems."
Jason Kissel, 1997 Westminster College graduate and current director of music and organist at the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Md., will continue the Capelle Meisters Organ Series Saturday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.
His program includes Mathias' Processional; Pachelbel's Was gott tut, das ist wohlgetan; Mendelessohn's Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 65; Reger's Introduction Passacaglia; Messiter's Toccata on the Hymn Tune Marion; Harkim's Variations on Two Themes;Windor's Symphonie II in D Major Adagio; and Vierne's Pieces de Fantaisie. Carillon de Westminster.
Kissel, a candidate for the doctor of music arts in organ performance at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, was recently awarded the James Winship Lewis Memorial Award by the faculty. He is also dean of the Baltimore chapter of the American Guild of Organists and maintains a private teaching studio in Baltimore. Kissel, an Irwin native, has held staff positions at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, as a scholar in church music and a sabbatical replacement for Dr. John Walker. He has also held teaching positions at the Pennsylvania State University, Chatham College, and Westminster College. His professional engagements include the accompanying of five European choral tours, with performances at Westminster Abby, Seoul, Korea, the Washington National Cathedral, and other notable venues. Westminster College awarded Kissel the 2004 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
The Capelle Meisters Organ Series is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment of the Arts. PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. The title of this series, the Capelle Meisters, is taken from the historical German compound noun, capellemeisters, meaning chapel masters who performed worship services and considered the most outstanding musicians.
Contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270 for more information.
The Westminster College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of R. Tad Greig, has earned a performance at the Pennsylvania Music Educators State Conference at Erie in April.
· Estimated local economic impact: $49.8 million in 2000-01
· Estimated $16.6 million spent locally during 2000-01
· 2000-01 payroll: $11.2 million
· 2000-01 operating budget: $27.7 million
· 354 employees
· More than 10,000 Westminster alumni reside in Pennsylvania and Ohio
· Westminster awards $13.5 million in scholarships annually
· Students participated in internships with 190 area companies and organizations during 1999-2000
Dr. David Gray, professor of psychology at Westminster College, has authored Bows of the World published by The Lyons Press, Guilford, Conn.
The Westminster College Planetarium will present "Hubble Vision" Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 26-28 at 7 p.m. in the Planetarium located in room 116 of the Hoyt Science Resources Center.
Jill Darby, a junior music performance major at Westminster College, will present her vocal recital Monday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Orr Auditorium
More than 400 Westminster College students earned Dean's List recognition for the 2007 fall semester.
Dawn McDonough, a Westminster College freshman elementary education major, won the Sept. 19 Constitution Day competition.
The Westminster College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present "Waltzing among the Roses" Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.
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