Visual and Performing Arts Visit

Visual and Performing Arts Visitation

Meet our faculty • Tour our campus • Enjoy our show

Friday, November 20

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  • 2:30 p.m. Check-in
  • 3 p.m. Discover Your Discipline, Session 1
  • 4 p.m. Discover Your Discipline, Session 2
  • 5 p.m. Open forum with Admission Staff, VPA Faculty and Students
  • 6 p.m. Dinner in the Dining Hall
  • 7:30 p.m. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Performance
  • 9:30 p.m. Closing

Complete schedules will be provided the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Adina Haught at or (330) 823-3206.


Session One “Discover Your Discipline” Choices

Discover Your Discipline - Music
Studying Music - Yep, We Give Homework and Tests
Room TBA
Dr. Jerome Miskell, PhD, Professor of Music

You are interested in studying music in college, maybe majoring or minoring in music. There are music lessons and ensembles to play in, but what else? What is music theory, musicianship, and history and will I really need to learn to play piano? The first year of study can be a bit of a surprise for new music majors who have maybe never taken a class in theory or musicianship. This session will give you all of the information you need to know about the academic side of music study and how you can prepare now to hit the ground running once you step on campus.


Discover Your Discipline - Theatre
Improvisation:  Acting Without a Safety Net
Gallaher Black Box Theatre
Kevin P. Kern, M.F.A., Chair of Theatre

In the June 2014 issue of Forbes Magazine, author and Strategic Communication Professor Jesse Scinto discussed the benefits of taking classes in Improvisation to hone skills like Communication, Creativity, and Thinking Outside of the Box. Google, MetLife, and PepsiCo are just a few examples of major corporations who see the value of this training for their employees. In this hands-on session, participants will learn the fundamentals of improvising, while exploring the far reaches of their imagination. 


Discover Your Discipline – Music
Cantus Femina in Rehearsal
Vocal Rehearsal Hall
Dr. Grant Cook III, PhD, Director of Choral Music

Cantus Femina, the University of Mount Union’s women’s chorus, is a dynamic musical organization comprised of fifty student musicians, representing twenty-two academic majors on campus. Its goals are to discover and perform outstanding repertoire for women’s voices. Cantus Femina rehearses three times each week and performs each semester of the academic year, including performances at the annual University of Mount Union Christmas Festival. No formal audition is required to participate in this choral ensemble.


Discover Your Discipline - Art
Clay Modeling from the Live Model
Eels Art Center
Bob Buganski M.F.A.; Professor of Art
Explore a university-level Art class in this 45-minute hands-on workshop taught by Professor Bob Buganski, a sculptor of national reputation.  The class, held in the Eels Art Center just across the street from the Giese Center, will feature a demonstration of the process of creating sculpture, including how a sculptor observes and reproduces form from a life model.  Professor Buganski will demonstrate working with clay and plaster, his methods of observation, mold making and casting. 


Session Two “Discover Your Discipline” Choices

Discover Your Discipline – Music
Preparing for your College Music Audition
Room TBA
Dr. Patricia Boehm, PhD, Professor of Music

The college music audition marks an exciting turning point in the life of a high school senior. For those who are planning to major in music, this important step to success comes with great excitement as well as a bit of panic and apprehension. Dr. Patricia Boehm will share some helpful tips to make your college music audition as easy as A-B-C and D-E-F-G!

Discover Your Discipline - Theatre
Tech Walk-Through; Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Costume and Scene Shop
Deborah Lotsof M.F.A. and Rudy Roggenkamp M.F.A., Professors of Theatre

Here’s a chance to explore the design and build process utilized for our production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Participants will visit the Costume and Scene shops and hear from the designers as they discuss the technical elements of this complex show, developing their concepts, and collaborating with each other and the director.

Discover Your Discipline – Music
Fall Band in Rehearsal
Band Rehearsal Room
Dr. Otis French, PhD, Director of Bands

The “Fall Band” at Mount Union is made up of students who proudly wear the title “The Purple Raider Marching Band”. During the fall semester, the marching band students rehearse and present an annual Christmas Concert, while still managing to support the very active football schedule. For the afternoon rehearsal on November 20, the band students will be doing an indoor Christmas Music rehearsal in preparation for the December 6 Christmas Concert. Many of our students perform on one instrument for the marching band, and another for the concert band, which demonstrates both the flexibility and broad talent base of our students.


Discover Your Discipline – Music
Piano Masterclass
Presser Recital Hall
Dr. Maira Liliestedt, PhD, Associate Professor of Music

Performing a solo piece in front of others can be a satisfying communicative experience, but can also be stressful. Try out your college audition or solo and ensemble repertoire in a masterclass setting. Perform your piece in Presser Recital Hall for an informal audience, and receive constructive feedback from pianist Dr. Maira Liliestedt, Associate Professor of Music. Conducted in an open-lesson format, this class will provide a performing experience for those on stage, as well as a learning experience both for performers and those in the audience. You may choose to participate as a performer or simply watch the class for a learning experience.

Discover Your Discipline - Art
All You Need to Know about the Art Department…and More!
Eels Art Center
Margo Miller M.F.A.; Chair of Art

Join Professor Miller for a drawing demonstration that includes both portrait and tronie drawing. What’s a tronie?  That’s just one of the questions Margo will answer. She’ll also have information about the Department of Art's four areas of concentration and scholarships available through the Department of Art. Plus – you may even leave with an original drawing.

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