Category: Music

New CAS student senators hope to connect with classmates this fall

New CAS student senators hope to connect with classmates this fall

SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences student senators believe changes in the student government structure will give better representation to CAS students next fall.
Cody Osborne
Landon Montgomery
Haley Schlecht
Students were elected by direct vote from students enrolled in each college on candidates who were also enrolled in their respective colleges. This year’s CAS representatives are sophomore Cody […]

Musicians designate day to celebrate the cello

Musicians designate day to celebrate the cello

To watch Cellobration students perform is like catching glimpses of their imaginations as they use bow-like wands on wooden vessels to convert notes into music. To hear them is like distinguishing between the varying effects created from light whispery harmonics to lower mulling sounds in the lower register of the cello to even chopping staccato […]

‘Into the Woods’’ transformative journey to enter Dunham Hall April 22

‘Into the Woods’’ transformative journey to enter Dunham Hall April 22

“Into the Woods” interweaves characters from the various Brothers Grimm fairy tale stories: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella” and “Rapunzel” among others with transformations among cast members.
Alexis Ronan, Miles Tillman and Halley Robertson perform in SIUE's production of "Into the Woods." For ticket information contact the box office 618-650-2774 or toll free at 1-888-328-5168, extension […]

Jazz education through Regional Essentially Ellington festival brings out best in students

Jazz education through Regional Essentially Ellington festival brings out best in students

A day’s worth of learning jazz opened the eyes of many students to new techniques, ideas and abilities.

Essentially Ellington performances capped off a day of clinics, master classes and rehearsals at SIUE for high schools. Photo provided by Maegan McHugh.

Rick Haydon, SIUE’s director of jazz studies, said he thought the Essentially Ellington festival was an […]

SIUE, St. Louis Jazz Club and Essentially Ellington to elevate jazz education for high schools

SIUE, St. Louis Jazz Club and Essentially Ellington to elevate jazz education for high schools

The Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Band Festival is a day-long jazz festival that will fill Dunham Hall with world-renowned clinicians who will provide 10 high school bands with master classes.
Pictured above are performers for the St. Louis Jazz Club. Photo courtesy of Swagler.
The event, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the jazz studies […]

Renowned author’s work with Native Americans documented by SIUE history professor

Renowned author’s work with Native Americans documented by SIUE history professor

John Howard Payne gained international fame when he penned the lyrics to the classic song “Home Sweet Home” from his 1823 opera, “Clari.”
Dr. Rowena McClinton, SIUE history professor, is annotating and translating historical texts by 19th century actor and playwright John Howard Payne. Most famous for his classic song "Home Sweet Home," Payne is also […]

Smithiger’s percussion students create impact

Smithiger’s percussion students create impact

SIUE performed before a national audience of music educators in Nashville last Fall. Photo courtesy of Smithiger.
SIUE percussion students make an impact beyond the practice rooms and rehearsals, according to director Dan Smithiger.

Last fall, a percussion ensemble of his was among 10 chosen to perform before a larger venue—a national one—at the Gaylord Opryland Convention […]

High school musicians merge talents at SIUE, 29th Bi-State Honor Band Festival

High school musicians merge talents at SIUE, 29th Bi-State Honor Band Festival

Three bands consisting of top high school musicians from Illinois and Missouri took to Dunham Hall stage Saturday. Photo courtesy of Theresa San Luis.
Dozens of brass instruments, part of a band, shone under the lights onstage at Dunham Hall. So too did many more high school students in performing college level music before their teachers, […]

World-renowned piano prodigy turns 90, remembers SIUE connection

World-renowned piano prodigy turns 90, remembers SIUE connection

Pianist Ruth Slenczynska has fingers that have touched the hearts of five American presidents and audiences across the country and the world.
Ruth Slencznyska, former piano prodigy and later an SIUE artist-in-residence, turns 90 this month. Photo courtesy of Lovejoy Library
The New York City resident, who turns 90 this month, was also artist-in-residence at SIUE from […]

Friends, students and lovers of Jazz gather at Lovejoy Library, hear Crenshaw discuss his photography

Friends, students and lovers of Jazz gather at Lovejoy Library, hear Crenshaw discuss his photography

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The National Ragtime and Jazz Archive at SIUE, photographer Roscoe Crenshaw presented at Lovejoy Library. Photo courtesy of Wells.
Nestled in the corner of Lovejoy Library were jazz lovers, students and experts in the craft engaging in discussion with photographer, Roscoe Crenshaw.
Crenshaw, a St. Louis photographer of jazz musicians, was invited by […]

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