Expressing Gratitude to our Supporters and Friends
The New Works Initiative (NWI) at Montclair State University, founded in 2009, has received a leadership gift from HOLLY and BOB GREGORY of Montclair, to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative new works for our students in theater, dance and music. This year NWI will develop two projects, one in dance and another in theater. Meet choreographer CHASE BROCK, who will set a work to composer and singer GABRIEL KAHANE's song cycle For the Union Dead, based on poems of Robert Lowell. Playwright MOLLY RICE, composer STEPHANIE JOHNSTONE and director RACHEL CHAVKIN will develop a music theater work based on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee, with photographs by Walker Evans. Their works will be presented at the L. Howard Fox Theater and the MSU Dance Theater from April 28 to May 3.
Choreographer Chase Brock is on a meteoric rise as one of New York's most innovative young dance artists. He is the choreographer of the bestselling Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii and the hit Salzburg Festival production of Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette. He has created more than 20 original dance theater works for The Chase Brock Experience, including American Sadness (set to music by Gabriel Kahane).
Playwright Molly Rice's works include Don't Stop, Hiroshima 2010: The Apology Module, Watch, Texas Diner Diptych, and the original musicals Saint Enid and the Black Hand, The Mercury Sloop, and Canary (with music by Ray Rizzo). Joining Molly on the Agee project is composer Stephanie Johnstone who was selected as the youngest member of the New Dramatists' Guild's Composer/Librettist Studio in 2006 and Rachel Chavkin, the founder and artistic director of the TEAM (the Theater of the Emerging American Moment), a NYC-based theater company that creates new work to dissect and celebrate the experience of living in America today.
Thank You to Donors (Spring 2009)
Despite the economic challenges that we face, Montclair State University’s College of the Arts is thriving like never before with record-breaking enrollment and a host of exciting new programs for the public. Your generosity is needed to provide scholarships for worthy and talented students, many of whom are the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree. Also, the University is seeking sponsors for several important capital projects including renovation and maintenance of Calcia Hall, the L. Howard Fox Theater and the McEachern Music Building. As you know, equipment is also an ongoing concern for anyone involved in the arts. We gratefully accept in-kind donations of musical instruments – especially pianos! – lighting, film and video, A/V and other stage equipment.
Several recent gifts from alumni and friends, including the University’s first-ever scholarship from the Liberace Foundation, will help CART students to achieve their full potential:
TINA NA HUANG (M.A. '09, Violin Performance) is the first Cali School Liberace Scholar, awarded by the Liberace Foundation. Tina studies with YI-WEN JIANG, violinist with the Shanghai Quartet. She is the co-concertmaster of the MSU Symphony Orchestra. Legendary entertainer Liberace created his Foundation for the Performing & Creative Arts in 1976 because he had received scholarship support to study at a conservatory in Wisconsin for 17 years and was always grateful for the positive difference that scholarships had made in his life.
Back in his student days, DANIEL G. “DON” ALEXANDAER’s (’48) favorite teacher was music professor Dr. Edna McEachern, for whom the current music building was named. The loyal alumnus recently made a donation to establish the McEachern Music Library Fund in honor of his “Mentor in Music” at Montclair State. His gift will support the purchase of music books, scores, music and other invaluable materials for the Cali School. It will also ensure a permanent place in the new Cali School of Music building to honor Professor McEachern and her memory.
Frank H. Granito, Jr., Esq. made a very personal gift in honor of his beloved wife HELEN ALTIERI GRANITO (’55), known affectionately as Betty. As a student, Betty lived on the third floor of Chapin Hall, the building now being renovated for the Cali School of Music. Betty’s old room will be dedicated in her honor, with a plaque and picture to let generations of students know about a special person who came before them, as well as Frank and Betty’s enduring love.
Alumni RONN (’64) and KATE (’66) SACCHIERO of Stanhope, NJ donated more than 800 volumes of music, books and other printed materials to the Cali School of Music. Many thanks for their generosity!
McElroy Memorial: On November 15th, some 70 Speech & Theater alumni, faculty and friends gathered to pay tribute to the memory of distinguished faculty member Clyde McElroy who passed away in July. Retired faculty member Wayne Bond served as the master of ceremony for a short presentation about “Dr. Mac” and for many heartfelt testimonies by those who knew him best. As part of his final wishes, Dr. Mac designated Montclair State University to receive a portion of his estate to establish a permanent scholarship in theater.
For further information about how you can assist the College of the Arts, please contact Keith Wiggs, Development Officer, at 973-655-3443 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.montclair.edu/Arts/giving/