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Performing Arts

The arts are an integral part of an abundant life, and we ensure that opportunities are available to every student for their artistic growth and development.

Dancers in colorful costumes perform

Why Study Performing Arts at Randolph?

Students from all majors and academic programs are welcome to enroll in performing arts coursework and participate in productions and performances.

Whether experiencing the joy and power of movement in a dance class, singing in Chorale or playing an instrument in Chamber Orchestra, or being part of a theatre show onstage or backstage, every student gains valuable experience, understanding, and appreciation of the performing arts during their time at  Randolph. 

Dance

The dance program offers courses in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre dance technique which are open to all students. These classes expose students to the joy and power of movement, as well as the discipline of dance. Students develop both physical and spatial awareness and increased flexibility and coordination. Dance history courses give students the opportunity to connect dance to its societal context. Additional course offerings include Pilates, dance composition, and repertory. 

Music

The music program fosters an understanding of music as both a form of artistic expression and a language. Course offerings in the department acknowledge this and provide the opportunity to pursue music’s three interrelated areas: its theory, history, and performance. Students may pursue performance study through individual lessons or in a group setting by joining the Chorale or the Chamber Orchestra. In theory classes, students will develop their understanding of the construction and use of the musical language. Music history courses examine the cultural and sociological role of the art form.

Theatre

The theatre program is directed toward developing an understanding and appreciation of the interrelationship of actor, script, performing space, and audience. The department’s curriculum centers on courses that explore performance (acting and directing), text (literature and playwriting), and performing space (design and technology), and that recognize—in various considerations of styles, periods, history, standards, and conventions—the essentiality of the audience in completing the theatre circle. Theatre majors are guided through the academic and production programs to hone their specialty area of emphasis while cultivating a generalist approach to theatre. The program is dedicated to exposing each student to the breadth of theatrical expression in their time on campus, emphasizing the best of period and contemporary work and the variety of production styles, while providing an individually crafted program of study and set of experiences that maximizes artistic growth.

The department offers a major in theatre (both B.A. and B.F.A. options, with tracks of specialization) and minors in dance, music, theatre, technical theatre, and musical theatre.

Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre: Acting

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre: Design and Technology

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre: Directing

Minor in Dance

Minor in Music

Minor in Music – Voice

Minor in Musical Theatre

Minor in Theatre

Minor in Technical Theatre

Related Programs

The Randolph Experience

Productions

Our interdisciplinary performances include a Performing Arts Showcase in the fall and a Cabaret in the spring, with dance, music, and theatre all represented onstage. 

The Fall Showcase, Candlelight Concert, Winter Showcase, and Spring Concert include ensemble performances of both dance and music students. Chorale and Chamber Orchestra are often featured together in these concerts.

The theatre program presents two to three productions per year, including at least one on the Thoresen mainstage and one in the Lab Theatre. Capstone projects for senior theatre majors provide those students with an opportunity to research and produce a work of their choosing.

Randolph theatre students are exposed to a wide breadth of theatrical expression, emphasizing the best of period and contemporary work and the variety of production styles.

Through coursework and production experiences, majors hone their specialty area of emphasis while cultivating generalist approach which recognizes the interrelationship of actor, script, performing space, and audience.

Areas of emphasis include acting, directing, design and technology.

Faculty mentors work with students to build an individually crafted program of study and set of experiences that maximizes artistic growth and opportunities after graduation.

Female vocalist sings

Small Classes

Randolph classes are full of engagement and interaction. Students get the full attention of their professors and develop camaraderie with their classmates.

The Honor Code

Randolph students live by our Honor Code and act with the highest integrity in both academic and social life.

Research

Randolph College students conduct advanced research projects in their majors with help from the. Center for Student Research. They present their findings at the annual Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

Study Abroad

Opportunities for study elsewhere, such as in the Washington Semester Programs at the American University in Washington, D.C., as well as study-abroad programs, are available.

Intercultural Competence

All Randolph students learn global citizenship with the capability to accurately understand and adapt to cultural differences and find commonality.

Internships

Randolph students put classroom learning into practice by participating in internships.

With help from the Career Development Center, political science majors have experienced government at work during internships in the congressional offices, federal and state offices, political campaigns, advocacy groups, social service agencies, and more. ing with social service agencies.

Recent internships include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Moms Demand Action, CASA, U.S. State Department, SAWAU.S. House of Representatives, and more.

Unique Opportunities

Visiting Artists

The Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program is an endowed program that was founded in 1971 by McGehee, who began her own dance training at the College.

A leading soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company for nearly thirty years, Helen McGehee made it possible for generations of students to be inspired by these guest artists, many of whom have staged and choreographed works for student performance.

The Guest Artist Series in Music, founded in 2002, brings professional musicians from around the country and the world to campus to perform, teach, and engage with the community in educational outreach.

The program is sustained by several endowments, including the Elinor Rigby Endowed Visiting Musical Artists Fund and the Edwin H. and Elaine Dahl St. Vincent Music Fund.

Chorale

A traditional collegiate concert choir, Chorale has performed in Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, National Presbyterian Church, University of West Indies Chapel, and is one of very few choirs to be invited to sing in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The ensemble has also commissioned and performed world premieres of a number of works, frequently with the composers in residence.

In October 2016, as part of the College’s 125th anniversary celebration, the ensemble presented an arrangement of Carol Barnett’s “From the Good Earth,” featuring text of the College’s most distinguished alumna, Pearl S. Buck (Class of 1914).

Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra provides a rare opportunity for students to gain valuable experience performing side by side with local professional musicians.

Larger works performed by the ensemble include Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, and Beethoven symphonies No. 1, 6, and 8; with choir, Mozart Requiem, and Gonzalez Misa Azteca.

The Greek Play

Unique among colleges and universities in the United States, our tradition of the Greek Play goes back to 1909. Every other year, students perform an authentic Greek drama. The production adheres to the original conventions that governed theatre in the time of the great tragedians, believing that the best plays will emerge from the conditions for which they were written.

The College boasts the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre, a classic outdoor Greek theatre also affectionately known by students as The Dell. This unique facility allows the plays to be performed in daylight for an audience seated in a semi-circle around the performers. 

Learn more about the Greek Play.

Endstation Theatre Company

As Randolph’s professional theatre company in residence, Endstation Theatre Company uses the campus as the home base for its summer program.

Founded in 2007,  Endstation is known for producing new works, reinterpretations of classical plays, and other works chosen specifically for the Central Virginia community based on the historical, current, and cultural events of the area.

Productions are performed in the College’s Thoresen Theatre as well as other campus venues such as the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre (aka The Dell) and Michels Plaza as well off-campus sites like Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Academy Center for the Arts  and the Old City Cemetery.

Endstation also hosts the Embark! Youth Theatre Conservatory, a 2-week summer program held at Randolph which gives rising 3rd through graduating 12th graders the opportunity to hone their skills under the direction of theatre professionals from around the region and nation.

Randolph College students enjoy apprenticeship opportunities, workshops, and access to Endstation’s specialized designers, technicians, and artists.

More information: www.endstationtheatre.org

Sock and Buskin

Sock and Buskin, the student drama club, supports the theatre productions and promotes drama as an essential part of life at the College.

Outcomes

Historic Preservation Law

Janie Campbell ’12, history major
Preservation Consultant, law firm of Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC, Columbia, South Carolina

Janie’s group works with developers seeking tax credits for rehabilitating historic properties.

“I work closely with project architects to ensure that historic, character defining elements of each building are preserved and restored, which can vary tremendously as what is significant to a 1929 airplane hangar is vastly different from what makes a 1963 mid-century modern motel unique!”

She writes National Register of Historic Places nominations and Historic Preservation Certification applications, which detail the property’s significance.  She also conducts site visits to ensure work is being completed as described and photographs the before, during, and after conditions of each project.

“Randolph certainly laid the foundation for my research and writing skills. The Summer Research Program, in particular, prepared me for the type of place-based research I do now. “

Opportunities

Top Ranked Professors

Randolph College’s faculty are consistently recognized as among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review ranked the College in #12 for most accessible professors in the 2023 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 388 Colleges.

Randolph has been ranked in the top 20 for most accessible professors for six consecutive years.

Performing Arts Faculty

Emily Yap Chua

Catherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 and William Erness Thoresen Professor of Music; Chair, Department of Performing Arts; Program Head, Dance

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Stephanie Holladay Earl

Associate Professor of Theatre; Program Head, Theatre

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Randy Speer

Professor of Music; Program Head, Music

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Amy Cohen

Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Speech and Theatre, Director of the Center for Ancient Drama

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Heather Sinclair

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Technical Director

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Teresa Angell

Cello Instructor

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J. Mark Campbell

Instructor of Trumpet

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Kevin Chiarizzio

Trombone and Low Brass Instructor

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Patrick Earl

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre

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Christopher Fosnaugh

Percussion and Drumset Instructor

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Kyle Greaney

Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor

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Hermina Hendricks

Senior Lecturer in Music

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Alycia Hugo

Flute Instructor

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Hope Maddox

Costume Shop Manager, Resident Designer

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Katie Munson

Adjunct Instructor of Dance and Voice

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Bill Parrish

Oboe Instructor

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Kay Rooney

Violin and Viola Instructor

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Curtis Smith

Piano and Organ Instructor; College Organist; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music

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Teresa Angell
Cello Instructor

Leigh Berkeley
Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor

J. Mark Campbell
Trumpet Instructor

Kevin Chiarizzio
Trombone and Low Brass Instructor

Jacob Dishman
Staff Accompanist

Christopher Fosnaugh
Percussion and Drumset Instructor

Kyle Greaney
Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor

Hermina Hendricks
Senior Lecturer in Music

Alycia Hugo
Flute Instructor

Hope Maddox
Costume Shop Supervisor

Nora Moore
Voice Instructor

Kathryn Munson
Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Bill Parrish
Oboe Instructor

Kay Rooney
Violin and Viola Instructor

Rafael Scarfullery
Guitar Instructor

Curtis Smith
Piano and Organ Instructor; College Organist

Current Season

Wildcat Weekend Arts Showcase
September 17, 2022

Fall Music Showcase
October 6, 2022

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus
by Christopher Marlowe
October 26-30, 2022

Candlelight Concert
December 8, 2022

Performing Arts Cabaret
February 23-25, 2023

Winter Music Showcase
March 4, 2023

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
Adapted by Morgan Gould
May 5-7, 2023

Spring Concert
May 6, 2023

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Department News

Fall theatre production, ‘Doctor Faustus,’ embraces the ‘spooky vibes of the season’

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29; and 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

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Isabelle Fenton ’24 explores passion for the arts through Lyric Opera of Chicago internship

The 10-week Donald P. Baiocchi Lyric Opera of Chicago Internship program allows Randolph students to gain hands-on experience in arts management and nonprofit fundraising while working for the Lyric’s development office.

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‘Shakespeare isn’t scary’: Students strive to make the Bard’s work more accessible

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring the work of students and faculty participating in Randolph’s 2022 Summer […]

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Randolph professors granted tenure

Art history professor Lesley Shipley, theatre professor Stephanie Earl, and mathematics professor Michael Penn have all been granted tenure by the Randolph College Board of Trustees.

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Meet the graduates: Christopher Perez-Merino ’22

Christopher Perez-Merino ’22 chose Randolph College because of its many theatre opportunities.

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Fall theatre production, ‘Doctor Faustus,’ embraces the ‘spooky vibes of the season’

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29; and 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

Read More

Isabelle Fenton ’24 explores passion for the arts through Lyric Opera of Chicago internship

The 10-week Donald P. Baiocchi Lyric Opera of Chicago Internship program allows Randolph students to gain hands-on experience in arts management and nonprofit fundraising while working for the Lyric’s development office.

Read More

‘Shakespeare isn’t scary’: Students strive to make the Bard’s work more accessible

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring the work of students and faculty participating in Randolph’s 2022 Summer […]

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Randolph professors granted tenure

Art history professor Lesley Shipley, theatre professor Stephanie Earl, and mathematics professor Michael Penn have all been granted tenure by the Randolph College Board of Trustees.

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Meet the graduates: Christopher Perez-Merino ’22

Christopher Perez-Merino ’22 chose Randolph College because of its many theatre opportunities.

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Department Chair

Emily Yap Chua

Catherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 and William Erness Thoresen Professor of Music; Chair, Department of Performing Arts; Program Head, Dance

Credentials:B.A., Florida State University
M.M., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
D.M.A., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnat
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Office:Presser 210
Phone:(434) 947-8530
Email:echua@randolphcollege.edu

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Pianist Emily Yap Chua made her international solo debut at The Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, where she was described as “a remarkably passionate piano soloist… vividly enchanting,” [The Daily Tribune] and praised for “tonal beauty and clarity,” “a graceful, effortless manner,” and a performance described as “vibrant, … spirited and movingly expressive.” “ …The overall impression Chua gave was of an exceedingly talented young pianist readying herself for greater acclaim….” [The Philippine STAR]

An active soloist and chamber musician, her collaborations include performances with musicians of orchestras and institutions around the world, including recitals with members of the Cincinnati, San Francisco, Detroit, Nashville, Charlotte, and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, as well as faculty from the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati (CCM-UC), The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Florida State University, and University of Miami, among others.

Chua is an active clinician and adjudicator and in demand nationally as a collaborator, and her students have been prizewinners in competitions in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions. Her CD recording of the piano works of composer Kent Holliday, a project in collaboration with pianist Nicholas Ross, was released by Centaur Records in 2009. Her recording of new song cycles with soprano Katherine Jolly was released by Navona Records in 2019, in which her playing was reviewed by Gramophone magazine as “superb.” She made her debut appearance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in January 2020 with tenor David Tayloe. She is currently working on another disc of song cycle commissions with Katherine Jolly, slated for release in 2024.

Chua is the Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William Erness Thoresen Professor of Music at Randolph College, where she has taught since 2002, and is the chair of the Performing Arts Department. Prior to that, she served as chair of the Music Department for twelve years. She has been honored by Randolph College with the Katherine Graves Davidson Faculty Scholarship Award in 2010 (inaugural awardee), and the Katherine Graves Davidson Faculty Service Award in 2018.

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Stephanie Holladay Earl

Associate Professor of Theatre; Program Head, Theatre

Credentials:B.A., Greensboro College
M.F.A., University of Houston
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Office:Leggett 309
Phone:4349478563
Email:searl@randolphcollege.edu

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Stephanie Holladay Earl has worked professionally as an actor, director, and choreographer for the last 20 years. She earned her BA in theatre performance and dance from Greensboro College and her MFA in acting from The University of Houston PATP.

Earl moved to Virginia to work as an actor and choreographer at The American Shakespeare Center in 2011. Roles include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi. Earl has worked with Endstation Theatre Company for many years. Her roles with ETC include Rosalind in As You Like It 2018, Neddy McCullough in The Bluest Water, and Tara in Buried Deep. Other regional theatre acting work includes credits from The Barter Theatre, Main Street Theater Houston, and The Farm Theatre.

Her work as a director and choreographer has been seen by audiences at The American Shakespeare Center, The Barter Theatre, Greensboro College, Greensboro Children’s Theatre, Milligan College, and Main Street Theater Houston. American Shakespeare Center directing credits include the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 productions of A Christmas Carol, Sense and Sensibility by Emma Whipday, Emma by Emma Whipday, and Amy E. Whiting’s Anne Page Hates Fun (the first production in ASC’s Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries series).

Earl has choreographed dance pieces for more than 30 ASC productions. Her direction for the ASC’s production of A Christmas Carol received praise from DCMetro: “…with Stephanie Holladay Earl’s intricately-woven choreography and direction, this new production soars in ways I never thought possible.”

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Randy Speer

Professor of Music; Program Head, Music

Credentials:B.A., California State University, Fresno
M.A., University of Iowa
D.M.A. College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Office:Presser 344
Phone:(434) 947-8529
Email:rspeer@randolphcollege.edu

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Randall Speer’s 2012 Carnegie Hall debut conducting Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, K.339 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, a distinguished chorus, and world class soloists was hailed as “stunning, memorable, and sensitively led” (MidAmerica Productions, 2012). He has led choral and orchestral performances in the United States and Europe with a variety of ensembles including the Mississippi Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), and the Varna Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria). An alumnus of the internationally acclaimed Dale Warland Singers, he served in Minnesota as founder/director of the critically acclaimed vocal chamber ensemble Voce Magna, and the Voce Magna Symphonic Chorus. He also founded a women’s prison chorus there – a truly unique and powerful experience in the communal benefits of choral singing. He currently serves as  Professor of Music at Randolph College and Music Director at Court Street United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.

At Randolph, he directs choral and instrumental ensembles, teaches courses in vocal performance and conducting, and serves as Music Director to music theatre and Greek Play productions. In 2010, Speer was honored as a recipient of Randolph College’s Katherine Graves Davidson Award for bringing distinction to the college. He has earned degrees in music education and choral conducting from California State University, Fresno, the University of Iowa, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Speer has performed as tenor soloist in local and regional oratorio, opera and musical theater productions including the Fresno Lyric Opera (Fiddler on the Roof), Magnum Chorum (Bach Christmas Oratorio), the Mississippi Valley Chamber Orchestra (Carmina Burana), the Lynchburg Community Concert Series (Amahl and the Night Visitors and Missa Luba), and the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Symphony No. 9).

Speer’s compositions have earned distinction in competition (Riverside Masters Chorale, 1989), and are published with Fred Bock Music. His compositions recorded by the National Lutheran Choir, were reviewed as “a significant contribution to the choral repertoire” (Choral Journal, December, 1990).

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Amy Cohen

Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Speech and Theatre, Director of the Center for Ancient Drama

Credentials:B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Stanford University
Associated Departments:Classical Studies, Theatre, Performing Arts
Email:acohen@randolphcollege.edu
Website:https://www.randolphcollege.edu/greekplay/

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I received a B.A. in Classics (Greek) at Yale University, and then a Ph.D. in Classics, with a minor in Comparative Literature, at Stanford University. My doctoral work focused on the interpretive implications of doubling and the three-actor convention in Greek tragedy.

At Randolph my students and I put that work on its feet by continuing the R-MWC Greek Play tradition, begun in 1909 by Greek Professor Mabel K. Whiteside. Directing the plays provides insight into the realities facing the ancient playwrights, and my research continues to argue that you cannot understand the plays without understanding how they were played. I have now directed twelve productions using original practices, eleven in the Whiteside Greek Theatre on campus and one in Greece as part of the 2009 summer travel seminar, “Practical Wisdom: Philosophy and Drama in Greece.”

Although Greek drama is my specialty, I love teaching any course that leads students into an understanding of ancient literature and culture, in translation or in the original language. I haven’t met an obscure grammatical term I don’t love, and I do my best to inspire your passion for them as well in my ancient Greek courses. I also try to help students remember that the point of learning that declension or conjugation is to be able to read the words of the ancients, and to draw us that much closer to understanding them and their importance to us.

When I have time, I see movies, read novels, and knit. I live happily on Garland Hill with my husband Chris, my sons Spencer and Leo, and my daughter Helen.

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Heather Sinclair

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Technical Director

Credentials:B.A., Ball State University
M.F.A., Kent State University
Associated Departments:Theatre, Performing Arts
Office:Leggett 417
Phone:4349478327
Email:hsinclair@randolphcollege.edu
Website:https://www.heatherrsinclair.com/

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Heather R. Sinclair joined the Randolph College theatre program in 2018. She has worked professionally in theatre since 2008. Sinclair earned her B.S. in theatre design and technology with focuses in properties and technical direction from Ball State University and an M.F.A. in theatre studies: technical direction from Kent State University.

Sinclair has worked with The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (IL), Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA), Theater at Monmouth (ME), Gulfshore Playhouse (FL), Virginia Theatre Festival (VA), as well as companies in Texas, Richmond VA, and Indiana. She has worked with Endstation Theatre Company, a resident professional summerstock company hosted by Randolph College, as technical director.

Sinclair began her technical theatre path in middle school and has never looked back. Her professional career started with theatre properties and eventually she discovered her love of theatrical engineering, logistics, and management. She teaches a variety of technical theatre and theatre design courses at Randolph College. In the classroom, Sinclair strives to create a positive, collaborative, fun, and thoughtful environment for the students. She believes that education is a partnership between students and teachers.

Outside of the classroom, Sinclair is the technical director for the department of performing arts, program of theatre. She supervises the theatrical production labs, technical crews, and student designers. She also collaborates and works with the dance program during dance concerts. Sinclair is active in the music program and is a member of the Randolph College Chamber Orchestra, where she plays the cello.

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Teresa Angell

Cello Instructor

Credentials:B.A. Cello Performance, University of Lynchburg
B.A. Nursing, University of Lynchburg
Associated Departments:Performing Arts

Teresa Angell completed her bachelors degrees in Cello Performance and Nursing in 2011 at University of Lynchburg, where she graduated with highest honors in music. She has cultivated her love of chamber and orchestral music from an early age, playing in regional orchestras and the American Youth Philharmonic as a young adult.

Teresa worked as a psychiatric nurse at Virginia Baptist Hospital from 2011 to 2014, maintaining a small private cello studio, free-lancing, and remaining active in the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the James Chamber Players.

After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in 2014, Teresa took a hiatus from her nursing career to focus on regaining her health and raising her two small boys. She fell more deeply in love with chamber and orchestral music during this time, while, though unable to play cello due to a series of operations, Teresa was able to attend concerts, purely to listen and enjoy.

She returned to performance herself with a vengeance in 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

Teresa now serves as principal cellist of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and continues to play with the James Chamber Players. She is a member of the Calabrone Quartet of University of Lynchburg, and she never turns down an opportunity to play chamber music with friends.

Teresa maintains a private cello studio based out of her home in Forest, where she resides with her wonderful husband, Jeffrey, and their two rambunctious boys, Gabe and Tony.

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J. Mark Campbell

Instructor of Trumpet

Credentials:B.M. Virginia Commonwealth University, Music Education
M.M. James Madison University
Associated Departments:Performing Arts

J. Mark Campbell holds a B.M. in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.M. from James Madison University. He has studied trumpet with Rolla Durham, Edward Mirr, and James Kluesner. Campbell has played trumpet as a freelance musician throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Campbell taught from 1998-2002 in the Franklin County Public School System of North Carolina. While in North Carolina he adjudicated bands throughout N.C. and S.C. as a member of the Carolina All-American Judges Circuit from 1999 – 2002. He also served as a judge for the 2000 and 2001 International Whistler’s Convention & Competition. From 2000-2002 he served on the executive board of the Franklin County Arts Council. In 2002 he was elected chair of the executive board.

Campbell taught trumpet, brass ensemble, and jazz band at the University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College) from 2008-2013. Campbell is currently the director of bands at Amherst County High School. This is a position that he has held since 2003.

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Kevin Chiarizzio

Trombone and Low Brass Instructor

Credentials:B.M., University of Memphis
M.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Email:kchiarizzio@randolphcollege.edu

Kevin Chiarizzio holds degrees from the University of Memphis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chiarizzio is active as a musician and teacher in the Central Virginia area. He is currently the principal trombonist with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly as a substitute trombonist with the Roanoke Symphony.

Previous orchestral positions include the principal trombonist with the Waco, Bryan, Danville (IL), and Arkansas symphonies. Chiarizzio has twice performed as a soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop (2008, 2005) and performed with both the Mid-South Probone Ensemble (2011) and the William Cramer Trombone Choir (2008) at the International Trombone Festivals. He also performed as a featured soloist with the Liberty University Wind Ensemble’s performance of John Mackey’s Harvest trombone concerto (2012).

Chiarizzio serves as an audio and literature reviewer for the International Trombone Association Journal. He teaches low brass at Randolph College and Liberty University.

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Patrick Earl

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre

Credentials:B.S., Aquinas College
M.F.A., University of Houston
Actor Combatant, Society of American Fight Directors
Associated Departments:Theatre, Performing Arts
Email:pearl@randolphcollege.edu

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Christopher Fosnaugh

Percussion and Drumset Instructor

Credentials:B.M., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
M. M., Eastman School of Music
post-graduate studies, Cleveland Institute of Music
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Email:cfosnaugh@randolphcollege.edu

Percussionist Chris Fosnaugh is currently a regular performer with symphony orchestras across the nation. A former member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Arizona, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra among others. Fosnaugh is also a past fellow of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, and a former substitute with the New World Symphony.

As a member of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps from 1997-1999, he served as percussion section leader in 1998, during which they won their seventh Drum Corps InternationaI World Championship. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where he was a Baur Scholarship awardee. He continued on to the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree with Performer’s Certificate and was a teaching assistant in the percussion studio of John Beck. Fosnaugh also pursued additional post-graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Richard Weiner and Paul Yancich. He can be heard on CD recordings of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Kansas City Symphony, and on recordings of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on iTunes.

Fosnaugh is a former faculty member of the North Carolina Governor’s School in Winston-Salem, NC. He teaches drum set lessons at Randolph College, maintains a private studio in Lynchburg, and instructs the E.C. Glass High School percussion section. Chris Fosnaugh endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets and is a Vic Firth Education Team member.

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Kyle Greaney

Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor

Credentials:B.A. Music Education, University of Lynchburg
M.M. Saxophone Performance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Professional Artist Certificate, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Website:https://www.kylegreaney.com/

Since his solo debut at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Kyle has traveled throughout the states and across the ocean to Beijing, where he assisted and performed in the International Schools of China Choral Festival.

During his time at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Kyle was a member of the uncsaX Saxophone Ensemble. As well as premiering a number of new works, the group performed with U.S. Ice Skating Champion, Jeremy Abbott, live on NBC in the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Also while at UNCSA, Kyle was a part of the award winning Atchara Saxophone Quartet: Winning 1st Place in the North Carolina MTNA Chamber Music Competition, and 2nd Place in the Region 6 MTNA Chamber Music Competition in Tampa, Florida. Kyle was also a member of the Tzyra Saxophone Quartet, premiering many new works and performing throughout North Carolina for events and festivals.

Kyle has performed in masterclasses for Susan Fancher, Adam McCord, violist Lila Brown, Army Field Band Saxophone Quartet, and Matt Albert of Eighth Blackbird.

Kyle is the Principal Saxophone for Lynchburg Symphony, Baritone Saxophone chair for The Vosbein Magee Big Band, and Baritone Saxophone chair for the Lynchburg Community Big Band. Recently, Kyle performed Catch Me If You Can by John Williams with the University of Lynchburg Wind Symphony and his own arrangement of David Biedenbender’s This Night with the University of Lynchburg Choir..

Currently, Kyle serves as the Instructor of Saxophone at and Clarinet at Randolph College and was recently appointed Interim Director of Ensembles. Kyle holds degrees from University of Lynchburg and UNCSA. His primary instructors are Harry Farmer, Armenio Suzano, and Grammy award winning artists, Taimur Sullivan and Robert Young.

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Hermina Hendricks

Senior Lecturer in Music

Credentials:B.S., Defiance College
M.M.Ed., James Madison University
C.A.G.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Email:hhendricks@randolphcollege.edu

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Hendricks is a music educator and multicultural student advocate. She teaches music history courses, such as Jazz Appreciation and Popular Music in America.

She is presently the Organist and Choral Director of the Senior Choir at Diamond Hill Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA and is also the artistic and music director for the “Soulsters from the Hill” (DHBC), vocal ensemble specializing in the presentation and preservation of black spirituals derived out of the century in America, and in the century spiritual music genre.

She teaches Music Appreciation courses part-time at Central Virginia Community College.

During the early 1990s, Governor Gerald Baliles appointed her to the Virginia Commission for the Arts, serving for five years and later was appointed to serve on the National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Education Review Board in Washington, D.C. Those appointments enabled Hermina to become exposed to the vast arts agencies and institutions not only in Virginia but throughout America that were totally committed to having diverse arts programs in their respective locales for citizens to experience and enjoy the value of the arts- musical, visual, theatrical, etc. Her service in these distinct organizations allowed her to see the larger picture of why art is so important and vital to each individual throughout America.

She serves or has served as a member of the Lynch’s Landing Board of Directors, The Get! Downtown Steering Committee (an annual downtown festival to welcome local college students to Lynchburg), Area II Advisory Panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Sphex Club, The Lynchburg Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Lynchburg Chums, Inc., The Roanoke Chapter of The Girlfriends, Inc., Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Friends committee of Sankofa Arts, and Pink Auction Steering Committee.

Her ongoing research project, “A Journey Taken”, explores the life and educational contributions of Clarence W. Seay, principal and educator of Dunbar High School in Lynchburg, VA 1938-1968.  Her other project, “My Soul Has Grown Deep”, explores the growth and development of African American spirituals.

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Alycia Hugo

Flute Instructor

Credentials:B.M., New England Conservatory of Music
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Email:ahugo@randolphcollege.edu

Since completing her Master of Music in Flute Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, flutist Alycia Hugo has pursued a varied and interesting professional career as an orchestra member and recitalist. Her teachers have included John Wummer (New York Philharmonic Orchestra), James Pappoutsakis and Lois Schaefer (both with the Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Marjorie Lockwood (Phoenix Symphony Orchestra).

She is a four-time winner of the National Flute Association Convention Performers Professional Flutist Competition, achieving national recognition for her skills as a performer of twentieth century music, and is a two-time winner of the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir Performer Competition performing at conventions throughout the United States. Hugo has also been a semifinalist and finalist in the Myrna Brown Artist Competition in Dallas, Texas.

For two summers,  Hugo performed as a member of the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy, and as a member of the Hugo/Garat Trio performed in recital at the Debussy birth place at St. Germaine-en-laye, France. She has performed as soloist with several orchestras in the New England area as well as with the Roanoke and Lynchburg Symphony Orchestras and currently serves as principal flutist with the Roanoke and Lynchburg Symphony Orchestras and the Opera Roanoke Orchestra. She is a member of the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and teaches flute performance at Liberty University, Lynchburg College, and Randolph College.

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Hope Maddox

Costume Shop Manager, Resident Designer

Credentials:B.A. Longwood University, Theatre
M.A. University of Lynchburg, Nonprofit Leadership Studies
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Office:Leggett - Costume Shop
Email:hmaddox@randolphcollege.edu
Website:https://hopemaddox52.wixsite.com/costumes

Hope Maddox is the Costume Shop Manager and Resident Costume Designer at Randolph College. She has costume designed many of the college’s shows since 2018 and is the current Faculty Advisor for “Sock and Buskin.” Hope enjoys teaching her students skills in costume technology and strives to foster a creative environment for others to learn in.

Hope has worked professionally as the Costume Shop Manager at the American Shakespeare Center from 2018 to 2020. At the ASC she has designed Romeo and Juliet (2022), A Christmas Carol (2022), The Defamation of Cicely Lee (2020), “The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” in the 2019 A Christmas Carol. She has worked locally with Endstation Theatre Company as an intern in 2014, an overhire stitcher, and as the Assistant Costume Designer for The Whole Bunch. Locally, she designed She Kills Monsters at Sweet Briar College, as well as the Old City Cemetery Candlelight Tours in Lynchburg from 2020-2022. She has run wardrobe with the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va for several of their incoming tour stops including Anastasia the Broadway Musical and CATS. She has also worked previously as a tour guide at the Lynchburg Museum System and constructed costume pieces for their use.

Hope holds a B.A. in Theatre with a Minor in History from Longwood University. She received her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership Studies from the University of Lynchburg. She holds a certificate from the University of Glasgow and Historic Royal Palaces in A History of Royal Fashion, as well as one from the University of Roehampton in Tudor History. She also holds two certificates from the University of Lynchburg in Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising and Nonprofit Management.

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Katie Munson

Adjunct Instructor of Dance and Voice

Credentials:M.A. Music Education: Performance, Liberty University
Associated Departments:Performing Arts

Katie Munson is an Adjunct instructor of Dance and Voice at Randolph College. Katie has pursued both music and dance from an early age, and has always been passionate about sharing the performing arts with others.

Katie began teaching dance classes in 2015 and continues to teach multiple genres at Randolph and in the Lynchburg community. Katie worked as the rehearsal assistant for Southwest Virginia Ballet from 2018-2020. Choreography includes several ballets, recitals, competitions, and musicals, including Peter Pan (2022), Abstracts (2021), and Alice in Wonderland (2018). Katie has been a featured dancer in performances such as Children of Eden (2018), Nice Work If You Can Get It (2016), The Nutcracker (2015), and several dance concerts or other productions.

Katie began her private vocal studio in 2019 teaching primarily Classical and Musical Theatre technique. Katie teaches private voice, group voice, and studio classes at Allegro Music School. Katie has performed in opera, chamber music, and musical theatre. Roles include Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte (2022), Elsa in The Sound of Music (2021), Fairy godmother in Cinderella (2020), and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (2019).

Katie holds a M.A. in Music Education: Performance from Liberty University. She also continued to pursue education in dance throughout her undergrad and graduate educations. Katie holds continued professional development certificates in Pilates, Graham, and Horton techniques.

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Bill Parrish

Oboe Instructor

Credentials:B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University
M.M., University of the Arts
A.D., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
post-graduate studies, University of Michigan
Associated Departments:Performing Arts

A former member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, William Parrish has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Music Academy of the West, and the Spoleto Festival. For ten years he served as the Associate Director of the Pre-College Division at Juilliard School. Parrish was a finalist in the 1989 Concert Artist Guild auditions and a prizewinner in the 1988 Lucarelli International Oboe Competition at Carnegie Hall.

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Kay Rooney

Violin and Viola Instructor

Credentials:B.M. University of North Carolina School of the Arts
M.M.P. Boston University, College of Fine Arts
Associated Departments:Performing Arts

Kay Rooney joined Randolph College as adjunct instructor of violin and viola in the fall of 2021. Rooney is an active violinist in Virginia and the New England area, performing concerts with Roanoke Symphony, Randolph College Chamber Orchestra, BMOP in conjunction with Odyssey Opera, Boston Festival Orchestra, and Vermont Symphony, and Portland Symphony, among others. She has recorded with BMOP, Marsh Chapel Collegium, and Orchestra of Indian Hill. She enjoys playing music from the Baroque period to modern day compositions.

Ms. Rooney has performed alongside and provided string coaching for the all-campus orchestras of Randolph College, Boston University, Dartmouth College, Gordon College, and Harvard University. In addition to teaching violin and viola at Randolph College and Sweet Briar College, she holds a private studio where she teaches students of all ages. She believes that in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for music students, they can achieve their highest potential, fostering a life long appreciation and love for music.

Rooney earned her Bachelor’s of Music Degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and her Master of Music and Performance Diploma from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

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Curtis Smith

Piano and Organ Instructor; College Organist; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music

Credentials:B.M., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
M.M., Indiana University
D.M.A., College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
Associated Departments:Performing Arts
Email:csmith@randolphcollege.edu

Curtis Ryan Smith began his piano studies in his hometown of Macon, Georgia, where he received his first lessons from concert pianist Louise Barfield. His teachers have included Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, Edmund Battersby, and James Tocco. He has also received additional training from Harvey Wedeen, Norman Krieger, and Michael Coonrod.

In addition to performing, Smith is an enthusiastic teacher. He currently serves an adjunct professor of music at both Randolph College and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and also teaches privately out of his home. He has served as an associate instructor of secondary piano during his time Indiana University and as a graduate assistant in secondary piano while at CCM, where he taught both group piano classes and private piano lessons.

In 2013, Smith was invited to perform the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Matinée Musicale in Cincinnati. He was also invited to perform a solo recital as the season finale of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Morning Music Club of Macon, Georgia. In addition to the standard repertoire, he is also an enthusiastic champion of lesser known works, featuring composers such as William Grant Still, Benjamin Britten, and most notably, the piano works of his namesake composer, the late pianist-composer Curtis Curtis-Smith. Smith is also an active chamber musician, collaborative pianist, and concerto soloist. He is married to concert pianist Woori Kim, with whom he performs in the piano duo Les Quatre Mains.

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