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COFAP pioneers concept of onstage student shepherds

December 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Alexis Bolze GCU News Bureau Like one of those resonant quotations that’s attributed to “anonymous,” the origins of the unusual — and possibly unique — student chaplaincy post, which has been embraced by the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University, might never be known. Assistant Dean Dr. Juan Hernandez began allowing music students to select chaplains from among their peers several years ago during preparations for a concert. The request came from students, who wanted to designate someone to handle their spiritual needs before, during and after rehearsals, Hernandez recalled. “Our students spend a significant amount of time together,” he said, “and so it became a way for them to create community, to take ownership of their work and their activities in a way that was not just them being told what to do, and to promote the University’s initiative of faith, learning and leadership.” It was so successful that Hernandez’s students now elect two of their own at the beginning of each school year as ensemble shepherds. With the endorsement of Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the College of Theology and COFAP Dean Claude Pensis, this voluntary spiritual […]

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Rollicking pot of fun dished up in new Ethington play

November 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas memories from across the pond come to GCU’s Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, as the College of Fine Arts and Production presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Several of the shows are sold out, but there are seats available for Nov. 21-23, and a waiting list is available, too.

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Thunderstruck percussion and guitar ensembles upbeat at first performance

October 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s band program rocked First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix on Tuesday evening during “Boom! Pluck!” The concert featured music by the Thunderstruck Percussion Ensemble and was the debut of the University’s new Guitar Ensemble.  

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Faith a resounding theme for new choral season

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The strengthing of and reliance upon faith during tough times is a key theme of the 2014-15 choral series in the College of Fine Arts and Production’s music department. The series begins Thursday evening with the Masterworks Concert I, and GCU Today has a preview here.

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Boom! Pluck! Toot! GCU bands ready for new season

October 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s band program has been growing in stature and size since director Paul Koch took over two years ago, and this year is adding a Guitar Ensemble to its repertoire. The first concert of the 2014-15 season, “Java and Jazz” with the Thunder Big Band, is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union.

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2002 ‘Little Women’ cast goes back in time

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Things change, Jo,” characters sing time and time again in “Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts,” which was performed last weekend in Ethington Theatre and will close this weekend. And so they have for five alumni, all cast members in the 2002 production of the same play in the same venue who attended Saturday evening’s show, and were wowed by a new generation of GCU student performers. GCU Today has a story and ticket information.

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COFAP brings beloved ‘Little Women’ to Ethington

October 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

You may have read the book, now you have the opportunity to watch “Little Women,” the charming Louisa May Alcott classic, set to music — opera music. The College of Fine Arts and Production brings the Mark Adamo work to Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, and GCU music students are ready to display their vocal and acting chops. GCU Today has a preview here.

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Guest artist to link issues, movement in dance residency

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

If you’ve thought about tapping your inner dancer, but never dared to, now’s your chance. The Dance Department in GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production next week is hosting a Tucson artist who will work with both the University’s dance students to help choreograph a piece for their winter dance concert and with staff and other students who just want to learn more about the art form. Free master classes and an informal performance are planned. GCU Today has the story and details here.

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University updates emergency management plans

September 19, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University is in the process of updating how its Public Safety force responds to emergencies and how the campus community is alerted to potential threats.

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Timing is right for new worship coordinator

September 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

John Frederick is the new worship coordinator of the Center for Worship Arts at GCU, but he also is one of the editors for an important new book on Pauline theology — the study of the teachings of the apostle Paul.

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