Westminster Preview Day

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We're excited to celebrate your official welcome into Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

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10:00  Registration & Refreshments
Williamson Hall

10:15 - 11:30   Welcome to Westminster
David Powell, Director of Admission
Dr. Matthew Shaftel, Dean, Westminster College of the Arts
Dr. Marshall Onofrio, Associate Dean, Westminster College of the Arts

Student Panel Q & A

Spotlight on Soulfege, one of Westminster's student a cappella groups

11:45 - 12:30  Lunch
Dining Commons, Scheide Student Center

Campus Tours
12:15 Full Campus Tour
12:40 - Residence Hall Only

Tours will begin in Thayer Lounge, Scheide Student Center

1 - 2 p.m. Chapel Choir Rehearsal
Dr. Amanda Quist, conductor
Hillman Performance Hall, Cullen Center

2:10 - 3:10  Academic Sessions (select one)
Music Education Seminar on Orff
Dr. Sharon Morrow
Cullen Center Room 1

Vocal Master Class and Q&A with Laura Brooks Rice
Featuring students from the Rice Studio
Cullen Center Room 2

Techniques of Conducting
Dr. Amanda Quist
Hillman Performance Hall

Meet the Faculty
Theory & Composition
Taylor Hall 3
Taylor Hall 14

Information Fair 3:10 - 4:00 
Meet representatives from Student Life, Housing, Academic Support, Summer Camps, Admissions, and more!
Dining Commons

Optional Appointments

Representatives from the Financial Aid Office are available to meet with you individually in the Admission Wing, Williamson Hall, Lower Level all day.

Admissions Staff will be available for individual appointments between 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Williamson Hall. Additionally, staff will be on hand at the Information Fair.

4:30 - 6:00  Open Rehearsal.  Observe rehearsals be two of our select, auditioned choirs.

Westminster Choir
Dr. Joe Miller, conductor
Hillman Performance Hall

Westminster Williamson Voices
Dr. James Jordan, conductor
Bristol Chapel

7:30 - 9:30   Westminster Opera Theatre Production
Smetana's The Bartered Bride
Robert L. Annis Playhouse

The Westminster Book and Music Store will be open until 4:30 p.m.

Class Descriptions

Techniques of Conducting, Dr. Amanda Quist This course focuses on continued development of conducting technique with emphasis on more complex styles and patterns, and on communication through appropriate gestures. Rehearsal procedures, repertoire programming, score preparation, and baton techniques are incorporated into the course.

Music Education Seminar on Orff, Dr. Sharon Morrow This course is designed to give very specific attention to the art of Orff Schulwerk teaching in the school set-ting. Orff Schulwerk is a dynamic approach to music education that utilizes speech, movement, playing instruments and singing. It is a pedagogy that is based around the nature of the child, and invites the teacher to be a reflective thinker as well as an active participant. This course strives to address not only the process of the Schulwerk, but also to enrich the individual musicianship of the participants. To that end, the class will be participatory in nature, because Orff pedagogy can be more easily felt than explained. In addition to the practical side, there will be a strong theoretical component that explores the nature and history of the Schulwerk. 

Vocal Master Class   Professor Laura Brooks Rice will share a glimpse of what it's like to study voice at Westminster. Vocal technique will be explored, and the many factors that make up the study of singing at the college level will be explained in detail. 


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