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PAS Academic Support Program Awards

April 26, 2012

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MACOMB, IL- Eight academic-based arts programs submitted by Western Illinois University College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) faculty have received a total of $21,450 through the Performing Arts Society's (PAS) Academic Support Program for the 2012-2013 school year.

The purpose of the PAS Academic Support Program is to assist COFAC in raising funds to support arts programming through the Youth Performing Arts Series, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the Faculty Recital Series and other programs centered on the arts at Western Illinois.

Faculty receiving awards and their programs for next year follows.

Music Professor Bruce Briney will bring trumpeter Terry Everson in as a visiting trumpet soloist for masterclasses and a guest recital. Everson is an internationally renowned musician whose concert appearances range from the Boston Symphony and Pops to conductor of the Costa Rica National Symphony Brass and Percussion.

Music Assistant Professor Jeffrey Brown and Music Professor Tammie Walker will use the funds to help coordinate the Inaugural Western Illinois University Piano Festival.

Music Professor James Caldwell will use the funds to assist with the annual New Music Festival in Spring 2013.

Richard Hughey, director of orchestral activities, will use the award toward financial support for international students performing in the President's International String Quartet.

Art Education Assistant Professor Ta-Teh Ku will use the award to support a K-12 community art program.

Kevin Nichols, associate professor of music, will bring Brazilian percussionist Dede Sampaio to WIU for a two-day residency and a concert. Sampaio is known for his Brazil-themed shows and has performed at the FIFA World's Womens Cup. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.

Art Professor Tim Waldrop will use the award to support the annual "Exploring Media Project and Exhibition."

Bruce Walters, art professor, will use the funds to assist with the project, "Exploring NASA: Projected Video and Soundtrack."

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