When a student in a guitar class of Jim Van Arsdale ’08 suggested that they sponsor a concert to raise money for a fellow student’s medical expenses, the fifth-grade teacher at Millard Fillmore Elementary School in Moravia, N.Y., agreed. And so was born, Perform 4 Purpose. Since that initial concert, Central New York students and
Creativity… demands risk-taking rejects prevailing thoughts bubbles up from within spawns innovation follows no rules accepts mistakes begets creativity thrives at Oswego The Creative Arts programs at Oswego encompass a range of academic disciplines, including fine arts, music, theatre, film and creative writing. The work of faculty and alumni enrich the cultural environment of the
Juan Francisco La Manna tells the story as it has been told to him. He’s at a family gathering. He’s 4. He jumps atop a table and sings a rousing aria from Rigoletto. The amused adults are unified in their response: piano lessons. As a teenager in Venezuela, La Manna was simultaneously attending high school
Enrolling without specifying a major, George Nicholas Gianopoulos ’07 expected his SUNY Oswego journey to proceed “con variazioni,” with changes. He was leaning toward computer science, when—as one of 126 students enrolled in MUS 101, a general education music appreciation course—he discovered his passion. He played no instrument. He did not read music. He insists
PROFESSIONAL VOCALIST TAMAR GREENE ’09 performed Nov. 30 in Waterman Theatre as a special guest of the SUNY Oswego jazz ensembles, which included the small jazz group, the Latin Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble. Greene, a master of music graduate of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, also has performed with the Eastman and
Audience member Delia Reed ’12 “sings” the sounds of Tari Khan’s table during “The Role of Music in Education and Social Change,” a class session featuring the Pakistani artist Oct. 10 in the Campus Center auditorium. Performances initiated SUNY Oswego’s fall-to-spring program “Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet.” Caravanserai is a cultural engagement program launched by Arts Midwest, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Artswego is one of five arts presenters across the United States selected for the first year of the initiative.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Marilynn Smiley recently celebrated 50 years as a faculty member at SUNY Oswego. The Indiana native ‘cut a deal’ with her father to pursue music in college. Smiley, who came to Oswego in 1961, still carries a full load as a professor of music with a specialty in musicology — and a long résumé of eclectic research, talented students, women’s equality efforts, organization work with such groups as Vega and the American Association of University Women, musical groups like the SUNY Oswego Recorder Consort and much more. Hear an interview with Smiley and share your comments below.