Student Development Grants
Director and Associate Professor of Music Production & Recording Technology (MPRT) GOLDER O'NEILL ’92, M.M.E., spent a week at Avid Technology in Burbank, California, where he participated in the Avid West Summit. The summit is a gathering of Avid Learning Partners (ALP) educators and institutions that offer Avid training for Pro Tools, Media Coser and Sibelius software. He also participated along with five other educators in the Sibelius Ultimate Avid Train-the-Trainer workshop to become an Avid Certified Instructor.
Director of Music Therapy Studies, Coordinator of Graduate Music Therapy and Associate Professor of Music Therapy ANTHONY MEADOWS, Ph.D., MT-BC, visited Kyoto University in Japan in November to present on music therapy and discuss a joint research project with its neurology department focused on Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. Data collection for the project will occur in 2020.
Assistant Professor of Music Therapy BRONWEN LANDLESS '04, '13, M.M.T., MT-BC and DENVER WALKER ’17, ’21 (M.M. in Performance, D.M.A. in Performance) traveled to Boston and spent time at Harvard visiting with Jeanne Mahon, the Director of Harvard’s Center for Wellness and Health Promotion. They visited as representatives of the conservatory’s Being Well Together Taskforce.
Landless also received additional support to help lead the Being Well Together Taskforce throughout the academic year to design wellness opportunities for faculty, staff and students.
Pianist HIDEMI MINAGAWA ’20 performed at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Sept. 26, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Minagawa is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma and studies with Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Chair of Keyboard Division and Professor of Piano John O’Conor, Mus.D. Minagawa was awarded a Student Development Grant to support her opportunity.
Sixty-eight Shenandoah Conservatory music education majors traveled to the 2019 Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) state conference at the Homestead in November 2019. These students provided support for the conference, including registration and guiding services for school ensembles. The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Director of Orchestral Studies, Conductor and Professor of Conducting Jan Wagner, Diploma and Korrepetitions Praxis, Academy of Music in Vienna (Austria), helped kick off the conference as the featured ensemble with a special performance.
Shenandoah Conservatory hosted two online sessions of ‘Holding Hope: Finding the Silver Lining in Times of Crisis & Uncertainty’ with Dana Fonteneau to support students at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared tools for self-care, mindset and resilience, as well as resources to leave students feeling hopeful, creative and resourceful in order to make the best of difficult and challenges situations.
A Generous Gift Supports Students in Studio Lessons
Thanks to a generous and recent donor gift, 166 Shenandoah Conservatory students (scattered across 18 states and Washington, D.C.) received a Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone to support studio lessons during COVID-19 displacement.
“The microphone was a game changer.” – Dr. Byron Jones, Associate Professor of Voice (Tenor)
Four students also received keyboards to continue their music practice as part of this generous donation.
Photos by C. King Photography and courtesy of individuals