Grant Awards Expand Research In Arts and Media
Sam Houston State University College of Arts and Media recently made headway in research development with several departments receiving grant awards for expanding academic and community engagement projects.
Radio Show Evokes Simpler Times
In a year when festivities are vastly different from usual, the College of Arts & Media provides a sense of comfort and familiarity with the Holiday Radio Show, a program streaming for free, Dec. 12-25.
Music Professor Wins Big At International Festival
Sam Houston State University Assistant Professor of Piano Diego Caetano and his performance partner violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov were awarded first prize, also known as the “Bonn Prize,” for their submission to the International Music Competition.
A Musical Journey With Violet
This week, Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre presents the musical production of Violet.
Fall Spectrum Presents Dance for Camera Showings
The Department of Dance’s Fall 2020 Spectrum: Dance for Camera Showings provides a window into the artmaking process of choreographers in a time of social distancing. Six dance films featuring over 70 performers will stream one after another via YouTube Live, November 19-21 at 8 PM each evening.
Alumni Q&A: Doing What Drums Naturally
Tamara Williams received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Sam Houston State University in 2010. During her undergraduate experience, she participated in every SHSU performing ensemble: wind ensemble (principal percussionist), symphony orchestra (principal percussionist), drumline (captain), percussion ensemble, new music projects, and steel band, in addition to performing with a metal band and playing drums for a singer-songwriter.
Coming Up In Performing Arts
The College of Arts & Media continues to present exciting student-led performances this fall with both in person and virtual options for audiences. In the first week of November, two new productions open with “Let Me Down Easy” and “Virtual But Live Dance Experience.”
Students Chat With High-Profile Journalist
Hosted by Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts & Media, the “Dateline: Democracy” online series continues with another special guest interview. The public is invited to join in as the next media industry expert engages with SHSU mass communication students in a virtual conversation.
Concert Series Honors Beethoven
The Sam Houston State University College of Arts & Media along with the School of Music presents Beethoven 2020@SHSU, a concert series featuring School of Music graduate students performing alongside their accomplished faculty.
“She Kills Monsters” Offers Unique Virtual Adventure
It can be hard to imagine actors rehearsing and performing without the ability to meet in person, but the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre at Sam Houston State University has risen to the occasion. The group will present “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen starting October 14 via livestream.
CAM's 'Dateline: Democracy' To Feature Lesley Stahl
Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts and Media hosts “Dateline: Democracy,” highlighting a stellar line-up of interviews with national media reporters and professionals during the fall 2020 semester.
Independent Study Course To Virtually Host National Media Members
A new online independent study course through Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts and Media titled, “Dateline: Democracy” will highlight a stellar line-up of national media reporters and a former official White House photographer during the fall 2020 semester.
Faculty Unite In Advocacy For The Innocence Project
For nearly 30 years, The Innocence Project has worked to exonerate the wrongfully convicted in the United States. Since its foundation in 1992, the program has freed 375 innocent people based on DNA exoneration who have served a total of 5,284 years in prison.
Photography Students Leave Their Mark with “QuaranZINE”
When COVID-19 caused a sudden switch to remote delivery in the spring, university students debated enrollment in hands-on courses since they lacked access to equipment and feared having nothing to show for their effort during the semester. Assistant Professor of Photography Emily Peacock decided that was not going to happen to her students.
Displaying The Miracle of Light For All To See
The simple nature of eyesight is something many people take for granted. For SHSU alumna Jill Adams, the gift of sight is a miracle that she decided to share with her alma mater. Standing tall in front of the new Art Complex is a brilliant stained-glass sculpture. With Adams’ generous contribution, the university was able to provide this sculpture with the beautiful showcase patio that it deserves.
Jazz Ensemble Releases First Downloadable CD: “Shoreline Drive”
The SHSU Jazz Ensemble is gearing up for the release of their first ever downloadable CD, Shoreline Drive. It serves as a tribute to late trombone legend, Bill Watrous, an inspiration to musicians all over the world. Director of the Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Aric Schneller, is extremely proud of the 19 student musicians and their ability to channel such creativity and professionalism.
Theatre Department Triumphs at Regional Festival
Sam Houston State University has swept another year at the Regional VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Abeline earlier this year. Theatre and Musical Theatre students won all three performance-related national finalist positions: Musical Theatre Initiative (Brad Brickhouse), Student Directing Initiative (Angela Utrera), and Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship (Destiny Mosely). Destiny Mosely is the first African-American woman from SHSU to win this award.
Method-Acting Book Release Features SHSU Theatre Professor
When instilling acting techniques, what is the best way to get into character? This is the great debate theatre teachers face when deciding what will benefit their students the most. Often, the result is a combination of techniques. Recently, SHSU Professor Tom Prior was offered an opportunity to publish his thoughts on the matter.
Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training is a collaboration of 15 authors sharing their experience and expertise. It will be released in late July 2020.
Nurturing Creative Passions Through Scholarships
As artistic degrees grow in popularity, SHSU alumnus William A. ‘Bill’ Bartlett hopes to continue this trend by providing funds for art and vocal music scholarships.
Animation Festival Celebrates Next Generation of Creators
The Department of Art is crafting the next generation of creators specializing in animation, meaning the future is in for a treat. These artists do more than produce entertainment, as animation can be used to develop advertising, training simulations, and even 2-D or 3-D models that aid in scientific research. SHSU’s Animation program has ranked third in Texas. It has also ranked within the Top 30 percent nationally and made the Top 10 list in the Southwest.
MFA Dance Student Graduates With Eight Awards
Evelyn Toh is no stranger to achievement. While completing 60 credit hours over a period of three years to receive her MFA, she served as a graduate teaching assistant for the SHSU Department of Dance.Originally from Singapore, she danced professionally there and throughout the United States for multiple companies, in addition to obtaining her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. One may wonder what brought an already seasoned performer to return to higher education.
Sharing The Gift Of Art
The College of Arts and Media celebrated a landmark in Fall 2019 as the new Art Complex building was finally opened to the public. In addition to new classrooms, studios and galleries, the Sam Houston State University landscape now includes a new, unique work of art, made possible from a generous gift by Life Endowed members of the Alumni Association, Kelly DeHay (’74) and Rod Danielson.
The Resiliency Of Student Journalists
One of the stops on a Sam Houston State University tour for prospective students is in front of the Dan Rather Communications Building, where the guide mentions a huge benefit to being a Mass Communications major: the student-led media outlets within the department. A college campus can offer numerous opportunities in news reporting, editing and publishing, but what happens when the buzz of campus life and activities comes to a halt during a global pandemic?
Teaching Creatively In A Pandemic
The College of Arts and Media at Sam Houston State University was developed on the foundation of human interaction, so how does an organization that thrives on developing their work via physical presence survive in a time when large gatherings and non-essential physical contact is banned? Amidst a global pandemic, professors provide insight on their experience.
SHSU student leadership in public relations goes national
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) recently held an election for its 2020-2021 National Committee. One of SHSU’s own, senior Kathryn Belanger, was chosen as Vice President of Digital Communications.
Acting technique revives virtual learning
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, history was in the making within the SHSU Department of Theatre. Professor Thomas Prior held a Zoom meeting with nearly three dozen members of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers to discuss a performance technique developed by Sanford Meisner, an American actor and teacher. Meisner’s approach was monumental for helping actors connect emotionally with their scene work, despite being different from traditional methods. The key to the Meisner technique is not to plan for the dialogue, but to focus on a personal element of truth.
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