Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Faculty Spotlight

Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. David J. Rudari, Assistant Professor of Music and Ms. Sun Jung Lee, Distinguished Lecturer in Music, Piano, were Guest Conductor and Accompanist for the 2012 Pittsburgh Diocese High School Honors Choir festival, held at Oakland Catholic High School and Seton-LaSalle High School on Friday, February 3.  The program featured works by Copland, Andre Thomas, Matthias Seiber, Verdi, and Randall Thompson.  This marks Dr. Rudari's third appearance as Guest Conductor with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Ms. Lee's first.

Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros engineered the recording of alumna Amanda McCoy's bass performance for "The Coming Down Rain," a new song by the progressive rock band Zasz.  To hear the finished song and learn more about Zasz, go to

Humanities: English
The official launch event for Wiley Cash's first novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, is scheduled for Sat., April 21 at 4 p.m. in the Renner Art Gallery on the campus of Bethany College. There will be a reading, followed by a book signing. Books will be available to purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will go to raise money for the Brooke County Library. Although the novel and the e-book will be released on April 17, 2012, you can pre-order both from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all independent bookstores. You can also see the cover and read the first chapter here

"Cash’s debut novel is a chilling descent into the world of religious frenzy in small town North Carolina. The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash’s fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep." - Publishers Weekly.