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In January 2015, Professor Anne Flynn retired from the University of Calgary after more than thirty-six years of distinguished service as a teacher, artist, scholar, administrator, and visionary advocate for all aspects of the field of dance at the university and across a wide range of communities and professional organizations at the local, national, and international levels.

Violinist Rena Far, a first-year University of Calgary student, was selected March 17 as the winner of the prestigious 2015 RBC Concerto Competition, presented by the School of Creative and Performing Arts in partnership with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Following an intensive year long search, the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) has found its first permanent director and the appointment is perfectly in tune with the university’s Eyes High research focus.

Last fall, dance student Meghann Michalsky (BA ’14), drama student Matthew Hall and music student August Murphy shared the stage in Aesop’s Fables, the first interdisciplinary performance of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. One year later, the three artists came together on their own to create a new performance piece, called (Mis)Communication, that will premiere at Dance Montage 2014.

The Stratford Festival is one of the most prominent arts festivals in Canada. It is internationally recognized for its productions of Shakespearean plays, but also produces a wide variety of theatre by other great writers. The festival has hired the talented Jennifer Lee Arsenault, who just finished her MFA in Drama (Design) as Assistant Designer for two of its 2015 shows.

On October 25, music instructor Colleen Whidden accepted the Alberta Choral Federation’s Patricia Cook Memorial Award at a luncheon in Edmonton. Presented annually, the award recognizes a person, choir, institution, program or corporation who demonstrates exemplary service to advocacy in arts education in Alberta.

Last week, University of Calgary alumni Anna Pidgorna was selected for the BMO Mainstage Award at the Boston-International Contempo Festival.

Patrick Du Wors joined the Drama faculty of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary in July 2013. Besides teaching, Patrick keeps busy working as a freelance performance designer. Recently, his set design for Figaro’s Wedding was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award, which honours the best in Toronto theatre, dance and opera.

Allan Gordon Bell, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, celebrates his Juno win for Classical Composition of the Year during the Juno Gala in Winnipeg on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Founding trio connected through the University of Calgary

Zachary Wadsworth, a composer and instructor for the music division of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, will have his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer with To the Roaring Wind on Friday, Mar. 21.

The Elmer Iseler Singers, one of Canada’s leading professional chamber choirs, performed Lake Skin composed by Carmen Braden, who is from Yellowknife and is pursuing her MMus in Composition at the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Late, A Cowboy Song presented by Third Street Theatre is a great example of how connections made at the University of Calgary result in professional collaborations in the theatre community.

University of Calgary’s debut at Elmhurst Jazz Festival is a success

Allan Gordon Bell, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor of music, has been nominated for the 43th annual JUNO Awards. It’s his first JUNO nomination. His work Field Notes is in the running for Classical Composition of the Year.


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