College of Fine Arts News Archive

August 2017

  • Nutcracker ticket sales expected to be brisk

    Nutcracker ticket sales expected to be brisk

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    Tickets for the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker to be performed at SFA Nov. 16 and 17 go on sale Monday, Aug. 14.

    August 10, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets to attend the Nov. 16 and 17 performances of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at Stephen F. Austin State University are available for purchase by the general public beginning Monday, Aug. 14.

    An Encore Event presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, The Great Russian Nutcracker will be presented at 7:30 each night in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    All ages will want to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet's company of nearly 40 ballerinas and other dancers on its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America.

    Known for its award-winning, technically supreme performers, lavish costumes and magnificent backdrops, this ballet ensemble performed in 2009 before a sold-out Turner Auditorium crowd.

    "The Texas premiere of this milestone tour will be a thrilling launch for the holiday season in Nacogdoches," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Promising repeated rave reviews, The Great Russian Nutcracker performances will likely once again see sell-out dates, so get your tickets early!"

    Early interest and inquiries about the event lead CFA Box Office staff to expect sell-out crowds for both performances, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager.

    "As soon as people learned of the Nutcracker performances, we began getting calls in the Box Office about ticket availability from not only our traditional University Series season ticket holders, but also others who want to bring their families to this special holiday celebration," Peterson said.

    A separate event apart from the University Series, Nutcracker adult tickets are $45 for Section A seating, $36 for Section B seating and $20 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, SFA faculty and staff members.

    For more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • Italy trip expands SFA's exchange with Florence art school

    Italy trip expands SFA's exchange with Florence art school

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    SFA faculty toured the painting studio in the LABA facilities. Shown with Dr. Mauro Manetti, second from right, director of LABA, are, from left, Dr. David Lewis, SFA art professor; a LABA painting professor; and Christopher Talbot, director, SFA School of Art.
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    SFA students at the top of the Dome of Florence Cathedral include, front, from left, Korey Burns, Grayson, Louisiana, graduate student; Jacqueline Morales, Plano senior; Bethany Sailer, Mineral Wells senior; Kate Bretches, Longview junior; Cynthia Silva, Dallas senior; Sharon Robinson, Nacogdoches graduate student; back, from left, Jacob Thornton, Lufkin junior; Kenzie Kwiatkowsky, Marietta, Georgia, freshman; Jacob Moffett, Hockley junior; Michelle Galvan, Austin junior; Madison Green, Flower M
    August 4, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Fourteen students from the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art traveled to Italy earlier this summer to study European art first hand and further develop the School of Art's ongoing exchange program with the art school in Florence, Libera Accademia di Belle Arti (LABA).
    Led by Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art, and Dr. David Lewis, professor of art, students visited Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Rome, Italy, where they toured numerous museums, churches and monuments, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Cathedral and Baptistery of Florence and the Roman Forum and Colosseum, Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. During their travels, the students completed the course, "Italian Renaissance Art - Then and Now," taught by Lewis.
    Since 2015, LABA has hosted two SFA students for two weeks in May, and the SFA School of Art has hosted two LABA students for two weeks in September. This trip expanded SFA's exchange with LABA. Students toured LABA facilities, attended the fashion show of designs made by LABA students and got acquainted with the four LABA students who will visit SFA this coming September. Talbot and several students presented a program about SFA and the School of Art for LABA students, and Talbot and Lewis also critiqued the work of photography students.

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  • Learn more about SFA Music Prep at open house

    Learn more about SFA Music Prep at open house

    August 4, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Music Prep House at 3028 Raguet St.

    Music Prep offers private music lessons in piano, harp, violin, Suzuki violin, flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, voice, percussion and more.

    The program also offers the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, an Adult Piano Class, Music Theory Adventures for beginning and intermediate students and the Raguet Strings adult ensemble. Harp ensemble classes are offered for students in third through sixth grades, middle and high school ages and adults.

    Upper-level musicians as well as SFA faculty and students teach classes.

    Auditions for the youth orchestra will be held during the open house.

    The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu. Visit http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep or the Facebook site at SFA Music Prep.

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  • SFA's Music Prep offering harp lessons for fall semester

    SFA's Music Prep offering harp lessons for fall semester

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    Harpist Emily Mitchell, shown here teaching at the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, will teach harp lessons this fall for the SFA Music Preparatory Division.

    August 3, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will offer harp lessons for the upcoming fall semester.

    Award-winning harpist Emily Mitchell, artist in residence in the SFA School of Music, will teach the lessons for ages 8 through adult.

    "When I perform, audience members will often say to me afterwards, 'Oh, I always wanted to learn to play the harp!' Well, here's your chance," Mitchell said. "It's going to be fun, low pressure, with lots of camaraderie."

    Lyon-Healy Troubadour lever harps will be provided. No prior musical training is necessary. Classes will be organized according to age and musical proficiency.

    "You can make a beautiful sound on the harp from the very beginning - no squeaks or squawks," Mitchell said. "It's very gratifying to learn to play the harp, because even the simplest of songs can be made to sound beautiful, and you don't need accompaniment. The harp is similar to the piano in that respect."

    Students who excel during the three-times-a-week sessions will have the option of continuing with private lessons, Mitchell explained.

    "The SFA Music Preparatory Division is very fortunate to have Emily Mitchell teaching harp," said Pat Barnett, Music Prep director. "Mr. Ed Cole and wife, Gwen, purchased the harps to add to the preparatory divisions' music offerings. We are forever grateful to the Coles for their generosity and for bringing the harp to us and the SFA School of Music."

    First-time registrants will receive a $30 scholarship off the $90 tuition for the class.

    Emily Mitchell enjoyed a 30-year career in New York City where she was principal harpist for the incomparable Eos Orchestra. She was an established name in the television, motion picture and recording studios of New York and taught on the faculties of New York University and Purchase College. Mitchell toured the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Columbia Artists' Community Concerts for many years. She relocated to Texas in 2008 and was appointed to the music faculties of SFA and Sam Houston State University. Mitchell performs with Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society in Houston, Better Than One harp duo with Jaymee Haefner, and is director of The New Houston Harp Ensemble. Mitchell has championed the works of flutist and composer Gary Schocker on four CDs for Albany Records recorded from 2011 to 2016.

    Music Prep offers private music lessons in piano, harp, violin, Suzuki violin, flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, voice, percussion and more. Private lessons begin the week of Aug. 21 for 16-week upper level faculty instruction and the week of Sept. 11 for 12-week SFA music major instruction.

    The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu. Application forms and information about the various programs offered are available on the Music Prep website at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep. Visit the Facebook site at SFA Music Prep.

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