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Fine Arts instructor again shares her singing talents

January 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Rachel Velarde made her return to singing last weekend at the Cal-Western Regional Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In her recorded performance, Velarde highlighted the classical music of several diverse women. “This is a women’s composer recital and deliberately programmed with people of color and also very contemporary music,” she said.

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Fearey’s Christmas album brightens holiday spirit

December 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

For years, the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Mark Fearey contemplated putting together an album showcasing his piano abilities, and at long last Fearey’s Christmas album has arrived. Titled “Almost Home,” it contains a compilation of both well-known and lesser-known classics.

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Students to bring ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to radio

December 18, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas traditions will look different for many people this year, and the same can be said for the members of the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Second Series group. The student-led ensemble will put on an audio drama rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life” from 7 to 10 p.m. today on its website.

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At age 71, long-awaited degree is music to her ears

December 17, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

If you have a goal, then work to reach it. That is what Peggy Shively did when she decided to go back to college after more than 40 years away from the classroom, and on Saturday — with her 72nd birthday coming up — she will graduate from GCU with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance.

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‘Rooted’ Winter Dance Concert is set to blossom

December 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dancers in the College of Fine Arts and Productions return to the stage tonight through Sunday at the “Rooted” Winter Dance Concert. The outdoor production, also available on livestream, will explore a multitude of emotions. “They (the audience) are going to be taken on a ride for sure, highs and lows,” Dance Director Susannah Keita said. “I’d say that this is a concert that takes on the discomfort, the sense of confusion sometimes, the desire to find your roots and an escapist approach.”

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Alum’s sci-fi film wins award at annual festival

December 01, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Elliott de Neve’s “Stop/Eject/Rewind” was the alumni winner in the 2019 GCU Film Festival, and now it has earned a bigger prize — Best Science Fiction in the annual Independent Shorts Awards, an IMDb qualifying film festival. The 2018 graduate spent three years perfecting the film on a budget of only $5,000.

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Ethington Theatre’s ‘Wings’ lights up outdoor stage

November 18, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

It is set to be an experience like no other this week as the College of Fine Arts and Production brings Arthur Kopit’s “Wings” to the new outdoor stage. The performance showcases the effects a stroke can have on individuals and the people around them during rehabilitation. “It’s a play that touches us all because almost each and every one of us has a friend, has a relative, has somebody that they know who has suffered a traumatic brain injury,” COFAP Dean and “Wings” Director Claude Pensis said.

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Dance moves outside with live performances, films

October 26, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Fall Student Spotlight Dance Concert will go on as scheduled but, like most events during the pandemic, will have a different look: It will be in the Quad and will feature five live performances and seven films. “It’s given students the opportunity to explore this craft in a different way,” said Bekki Price, Program Development Specialist for the College of Fine Arts and Production. “I’m very impressed with the number of dance film submissions we have. They had only three weeks.”

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GCU changed alum’s perception of what’s possible

October 23, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Before coming to GCU, Ashley Teshima never imagined that she’d be able to work as an artist, largely because of her struggle with differentiating colors. But now the 2016 College of Fine Arts and Production graduate paints murals in her home state of Hawaii thanks to the help of instructors such as Digital Design Program Lead Sheila Schumacher, who helped Teshima see her potential.

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Ethington Theatre plays earn 8 ariZoni Awards

October 16, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It just gets better and better for College of Fine Arts and Productions when it comes to the annual ariZoni Awards. This year, the college won eight awards, seven for last year’s production of a “A Year with Frog and Toad.” “I feel like I can believe that it’s just going to get better and better in terms of what we do and our reputation across the country,” said COFAP Assistant Dean William Symington.

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