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GCU-bound Diaz swings high, finds music success

June 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Jonny Diaz was on a path to become a baseball player, like his older brother, Matt, who played for such teams as the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. But after just a year of playing ball in college, Diaz found other doors opening for him and has since found his way in Christian music. Diaz will bring his easygoing sound to GCU Arena on Sunday as part of the three-day Elevate Music Festival. The festival kicks off at 7 tonight.

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GCU student’s song earns spot on ‘Kardashians’

June 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a big couple of weeks for the GCU Recording Studio, which is seeing yet another success story. Jason Henshaw, an incoming Worship Arts senior, found out this weekend that his song, “Calabasas Rose,” was used on the end credits of a recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Henshaw recorded the vocals for the rap song in the campus studio. Earlier this month, a former student, Joseph Allen, gained national attention on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Dance Intensive gets students jazzed about college

June 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

This Year’s dance intensive is in full swing this week as about 20 dancers, aged 14-21, come to campus to get the full experience of what a university dance department is like. Students will be taught multiple forms of dance including jazz, modern and ballet just to name a few. “They are go-getters, they’re often quite talented, quite skilled, have been really serious about dance,” Dance Director Susannah Keita said. “And it is really exciting when they come and audition for the program and we recognize them and we know them already.”

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GCU grad Joseph Allen earns the Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

June 05, 2019 / by / 5 Comments

Joseph Allen recorded his own 10-song LP, “The College Lifestyle,” when he was a student at GCU. But the Digital Film graduate took the next big step in his career, auditioning for “America’s Got Talent” and achieving something unimaginable. He received the much sought-after Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel, which means he automatically advances to the next level of competition — the live auditions. He also got a Lopes up from judge Julianne Hough and this comment from Simon Cowell, who was amazed by the audience’s reaction to him (several Lopes were in the audience) before he even performed: “I tell you what, the WHOLE WORLD should go to your school right now.” Added GCU President Brian Mueller: “When I saw the video from ‘America’s Got Talent,’ I wasn’t surprised at all. He has that kind of effect on people. He’s very enthusiastic, charismatic, people-oriented and has a lot of friends at GCU. When he gets in a setting like that, he just makes people feel good.”

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Dance instructor brings tap-infused mystery to stage

May 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Suzy Guarino-Hall, a tap instructor for the dance program, is producing “Murder at the TAP’Ocho,” which will incorporate tap dancing with singing and a storyline and debuts Sunday in Mesa. The show will feature several GCU students and alumni as well as Director of Dance Susannah Keita. “This is literally going to be the best show we’ve ever done,” Guarino-Hall said.

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Seniors’ talents on full display at Design Showcase

April 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Two days before commencement, 57 design students filled four classrooms in the College of Fine Arts and Production Building on Tuesday to display their portfolios for their peers and families at the Senior Design Showcase. Animations, photography, marketing designs and numerous other forms of artwork allowed viewers to get a better idea of who these students are. “Everyone’s setup is their own,” Elizabeth Segura said. “Every year you have something different. There’s different people, different things that they have to offer. I think it’s pretty cool every year to see the variety.”

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Spring Dance Concert ready to POP into Ethington

April 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Who needs to end the semester with a BANG if you could end it with a POP? The Spring Dance Concert premieres Friday and will be the final production at Ethington Theatre for the semester. Audiences can expect to hear an array of music of multiple musical icons and genres over the decades. Students will be performing contemporary, tap, ballet as well as classical jazz throughout the production. “There is something for everyone,” faculty member Kevin Godfrey-Chevalier said. Start times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Student literary prowess blossoms in StartleBloom

April 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

English/professional writing major Jordan Radcliffe said StartleBloom is important because it assures that “student creativity has a voice and an outlet.” About 40 student-created literary works, such as poems and short fiction, are included in the latest edition of the literary review. The StartleBloom team handed out copies of the publication Wednesday on the Promenade.

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Students build audition skills at COFAP workshop

March 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Theater Department works hard to provide the best opportunities they can for their students. One of those opportunities was in the form of a workshop that took place over spring break to allow students to learn how to prepare for a professional audition outside of GCU. Robert Kolby Harper lead the workshop and helped students get a better understanding of how to feel more comfortable in an audition setting, as well as letting them know that it is ok to be yourself in an audition. “The biggest thing I take away from everything I’ve seen in what we’re doing here is just to be ourselves and try and shed the performance skin that we’ve all been built up to over the years,” said COFAP student Mykhal Polite.

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Slideshow: ‘Godspell’

March 22, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

Photos by David Kadlubowski GCU News Bureau John-Michael Tebelak’s “Godspell” premieres at Ethington Theatre on Friday, March 22. Showings will continue for the next two weekends on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.          

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