December 2019
In this issue:  
  • CVPA Confers 82 Degrees 
  • Commencement Profiles 
  • Emmylou Harris Returns to Tate St.
  • Alumni Events Photo Gallery
Dean bruce d. mcclung

From the Dean's Desk

Last week as I pulled into the McIver Parking Deck, 
the final strain of Sir Edward Elgar's 
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (1901)
was playing on the radio. The host John Clare mused as to whether radio listeners might have been marching around their living rooms to Elgar's ubiquitous melody. Certainly, no piece of music in the United States and Canada is better known for processing and recessing than the trio section of Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.  It has been a fixture at high school and college graduation ceremonies since 1905 when Yale University invited its composer to receive an honorary doctorate, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra played  Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 as the graduates and university administrators recessed.

This month, CVPA will confer 19 graduate and 63 undergraduate degrees. Our 7 doctoral students earning the Doctorate in Musical Arts degree will be participating in the Graduate School's doctoral hooding ceremony on December 12th at 3:00 pm in the UNCG Auditorium. Each doctoral student will be called to the stage for a ceremony during which the faculty adviser places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying success in earning a doctorate. Hooding ceremonies originated in 12th-century European universities when hooded robes were required for warmth in unheated medieval libraries. The doctoral hood served a practical purpose for scholars as they studied and copied manuscripts.

It was not until the 19th century in the United States that colors were assigned for the different disciplines. Here in CVPA those colors are either light blue for arts in education, brown for fine and dramatic arts, or pink for music. CVPA will also confer 12 master's degrees in Dance, Dance Education, Music Education, and Music Performance, and a 
Post-Master's Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy.  At the undergraduate level, 
CVPA  will grant degrees to 63 students, including two who have doubled majored in music and anthropology. Our undergraduate and master's students will receive their degrees at UNCG's Commencement on Friday, December 13th at 10:00 am at the 
Greensboro Coliseum.

All told, CVPA will confer 82 degrees this month in all five of our disciplines: art, arts administration, dance, music, and theatre. I look forward to congratulating each student on the conferral of their degree. And as our graduating students process, the strains of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 will signal to all assembled their accomplishment as artists, arts administrators, designers, educators, performers, and scholars!


bruce d. mcclung, Dean
College of Visual and Performing Arts

UNCG Commencement will be December 13th.    Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan will be the speaker.  Read more here.    See the full list of graduates.

Marya Fancey practicing at Holy Cross Church in Kraków, Poland in February 2018

   Commencement Profile:  Marya Fancey '19
   DMA Organ Peformance and Fulbright Scholar
   Her degree from UNCG's College of Visual and Performing Arts is a Doctor of Musical
   Arts in Organ Performance, but Marya Fancey has put her hands on just about every
   kind of keyboard instrument you can think of and in more than one country.  

Kahlila Brown

Taylor Roberson 

Commencement Profiles: 
Kahlila Brown '19, BFA Dance Education
Taylor Roberson '19,  BFA Dance Education

Kahlila Brown and Taylor Roberson have similar stories about how each found their way here.  Recommendations from high school dance teachers pointed them toward UNC Greensboro, and they felt they were about to embark on a journey at an excellent School of Dance.  But neither could have been prepared for how they would feel when they leave campus this month.  Read the full Commencement Profiles here .

Nicholas Shoaf at his conducting recital in 2018

Commencement Profile:  Nicholas Shoaf '19
BA Arts Administration,  BM Music Education

Nicholas Shoaf has always known that music would be a part of his life.   UNCG's College of Visual and Perfoming Arts helped him discover how to combine that love of music with leadership skills for a life in the arts.     Read the full Commencement Profile here.
Emmylou Harris is returning to play at her alma mater in January,
 and the performance sold out in just 10 days!  
 To get on the waiting list or to purchase tickets for other events in the series, call   800-514-3849 or go on-line now.
UCLS tickets make great holiday gifts. 


Old Time Ensemble
December 3 @ 7:30 pm | Organ Hall
Jewels: An Exhibition of Distinguished Alumni 
from the UNCG School of Art
Through December 5 | Gatewood Studio Arts Building
Dancers Connect Showing
December 8 @ 2:00 and 4:00 pm | Coleman Dance Theater


Margaret Owens ('91 BM Oboe Performance) is playing this month as part of a Baroque orchestra assembled by the Folger Consort, the early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in a series of holiday concerts at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill.

Liz Brooks Wentworth ('00 BM Vocal Performance) is a chorister with the Metropolitan Opera and was featured in the New York Times article "The Met's Herculean Task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours" about the rigors of a repertory schedule.  Read more here.

Carmen Neely ('16 MFA Art) has a solo exhibition, not a tourist, now through December 14th at the Jane Lombard Gallery in New York City. Gallery description: "The artist translates lived experience into nuanced gestures, and these gestures into myriad forms -- from sculptures to laser-cut Plexiglass and textiles. Exploding over a flat white ground, her newest paintings play witness to an enigmatic inner world, one that's bursting with energy and kinetic movement." Read more here.

Sheena Rose ('16 MFA Studio Arts) is featured in the Miami Museum exhibition The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art. In this exhibition, the region is conceptualized as both a complex spatial configuration and a temporal formation, engaging diasporic voices alongside artists living in the insular Caribbean. The Other Side of Now features 14 artists who engage future time through personal experiences, collective memories, and historical legacies. Read more here.

Ryan Deal ('18 BA Music) was appointed on November 1st as Greensboro's first Chief Creative Economy Officer to oversee the newly established Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. This new office will be responsible for the management of the Greensboro Cultural Center and City Arts program, which had been under the Parks & Recreation Dept. Since 2018 Deal had served as Director of Advancement for the nonprofit Children's Theatre of Charlotte and from 2009 to 2017 had served in a variety of roles with the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Robin McLaughlin ('18 MM Music and Lecturer in Theory/Composition) will have his evening-length work for chamber ensemble performed this month as part of Hope Chapel's Lessons and Carols service. The work was commissioned by Hope Chapel and supported by an artist residency at Arts Letters & Numbers in Averill Park, NY.  The work will be presented at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm on December 8th at Hope Chapel, located at 908 N S Josephine Boyd St., Greensboro, NC.

A lumni News & Notes are compiled from self-submissions 
and from the university's news clip service. 

Lynn Miller '80 BA (Music) and Larry Thomas '80 BM, '82 MM (Music) reconnect at the Washington, DC Alumni Brunch

CVPA Alumni Road Show
From BBQ at Buxton Hall in Asheville to the Chicken Parm at  Trattoria Dell Arte in New York City,  you can count on great grub and inspiring conversation at CVPA alumni events.

This fall we held gatherings in Asheville, Charlotte, Washington, DC, and New York.
Next semester we'll be in Atlanta (date TBD), Los Angeles (date TBD), Raleigh (March 26th) and New York (May 11th).

Check out our Alumni Events photo gallery here, and stay in touch so that we'll have you on our invitation list!

Adam Carlin  (Program Director of CVPA's Community Arts Collaborative),   
Mariam Stephan   (Associate Professor of Painting),  Nicole Scalissi  (Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History),  Dane Winkler   (Assistant Professor of Sculpture), and  Maggie Murphy  (University Libraries) were awarded two grants for a public art project with the Greensboro's Industries of the Blind totaling $27,900 over three years from the Institute of Community and Economic Engagement, and the Green Fund. The project pairs UNCG School of Art students with Industries of the Blind employees to create a highly visible public art piece on W. Gate City Boulevard to be experienced through sight, sound, and touch.

Chad Eby  (Director of the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program) and  Ariel Pocock (Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano) have released a new duo album entitled  BFFs . The album features Professor Eby's saxophone and Professor Pocock's vocals and piano on a mix of original compositions and lesser-known jazz standards, and is available in digital, CD, and vinyl formats at
Ana Paula Höfling ( Assistant Professor of Dance History and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance) published her first book,  Staging Brazil: Choreographies of Capoeira , this past June (Wesleyan University Press, 2019).  Staging Brazil is the first in-depth study of the redefinition of capoeira as both sport and folklore in the mid twentieth century, and its global dissemination through touring folkloric shows in the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Höfling's next research project will examine early twentieth-century folkloric ballet companies directed by women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Leah Sobsey  (Assistant Professor of Photography) and  Adam Carlin  (Program Director of CVPA's Community Arts Collaborative) took 10 UNCG School of Art photography students to NYC to enact The Lawn Sign Project. This on-going project invites community members to respond to two prompts: a time when they felt free and a time when they felt their freedom taken away. The students interviewed participants, photographed them, then printed their responses and black-and-white portraits on lawn signs, which were installed in public spaces.

Joan Titus  (Associate Professor of Musicology) has been appointed to the editorial board of Musicology Now, the public research platform for the American Musicological Society.

Faculty and Staff News & Notes are compiled from self-submissions
 and  from the university news clips service.  

Closing Spotlight

Associate Professor Emerita Amy Purcell (front row center) and her "Jewels," 
former students who participated in an Alumni Art Exhibition  to celebrate 
Amy's retirement  after 30 years of teaching  at UNCG's School of Art --
 also pictured are  School of Art Director Chris Cassidy (far left) 
and Dean bruce mcclung (far right)