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Premiere of a new choral work by Middlebury alumna Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5

Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5

Award-winning composer and Middlebury alumna Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5 returns to campus for the premiere of her new choral suite, Songs of Gold, on Friday evening, April 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m., in Robison Concert Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Commissioned by the Vermont Choral Union (directed by Jeff Rehbach, music department, who also conducts the Middlebury College Community Chorus),  this dazzling work for eight-part chorus and flute includes texts by Vermont-based writer Abigail Carroll, 1950s Waterbury poet Jean Killary, and Middlebury faculty member Jay Parini.

Christina will also present a talk about her music and career as a composer since her graduation from Middlebury at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in room 221 of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, free and open to the public.

The Friday evening concert celebrates the Vermont Choral Union’s  50th anniversary. James G. Chapman, who had previously taught in the music department at Middlebury College and conducted the College Choir, founded the Choral Union in 1967 at the University of Vermont. Today, its 36 singers from across the state take wing with soaring works from medieval times to the present. This 90-minute program encompasses works that bring to life texts from church and theater traditions, romance and the natural world, crossing the centuries from the European and North American continents. In addition to Songs of Gold, the program features works that Chapman introduced to audiences at Middlebury and UVM, including 18th-century psalm settings by historic Vermont figures Justin Morgan and Elisha West, and pieces by such noted composers as William Byrd, Heinrich Schütz, Johannes Brahms, Josef Rheinberger, Maurice Duruflé, Charles Villiers Stanford, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber, Will Todd, and Randall Thompson. Tickets ($12/$10/$6) will be available at the door or in advance at the College box office (go.middebury.edu/boxoffice).

Christina Whitten Thomas’s works have been performed throughout the United States including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Disney Concert Hall. She has received commissions from the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, the Denver Women’s Chorus, Vox Femina of Los Angeles, the Esoterics of Seattle, Melodia Women’s Choir, the Apollo Men’s Chorus, and the Vermont Choral Union. Her awards include first place in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir competition, first place in the Los Robles Master Chorale competition, first place in the Park Avenue Christian Church competition, second place in the NATS Art Song Composition Award, the Sorel Conductor’s Choice award, and the Sorel Medallion. Her choral cycle Choral de Bêtes can be heard on Musica Sacra’s 2012 CD release Messages to Myself. In addition to her Middlebury B.A., Christina holds a M.M. in composition from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She curently resides with her family in Pasadena, California, where she is also an active teacher and vocalist. More information can be found at www.christinawhitten.com.


Spring Student Symposium

We invite all members of the Middlebury College community, guests, and members of the public to join us in celebrating the academic and creative endeavors of Middlebury students. The symposium on Friday, April 21 will feature oral and poster presentations and displays throughout the day in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Student presenters come from all four classes at Middlebury and all fields of academic study.

A full schedule of activities can be found online at go.middlebury.edu/sym

Information specifically for faculty and staff can also be found there, including a presenters list that can be sorted by major or department.

Will Nash receives funding to participate in NEH Summer Institute

William Nash (American Studies, English & American Literatures) has been awarded a grant to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute titled Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century  Chicago, 1893-1955. The four-week institute is sponsored by and based at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Participants will explore Chicago’s contribution to the modernist movement, with particular attention given to literature and the visual arts. Last summer, Will was selected to participate in a two-week NEH Summer Seminar sponsored by Winthrop University, held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and titled Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and Its American Antecedents.

Reminder: Summer Student Employment and Housing Agreements are due April 19!

If you are hiring a Midd student to work this summer, a 2017 Summer Student Employment & Housing Agreement must be submitted to the Student Employment Office by 5 pm on April 19 (even if the student does not need on campus housing).

If you are hiring a research assistant, the Summer Research Assistant Form is also due April 19. This is in addition to the 2017 Summer Student Employment & Housing Agreement.

Please visit the Summer Employment section of the SEO’s website to view summer procedures and policies. You can access all necessary forms there.

If you or your student employees have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Employment Office at x5377 or seo@middlebury.edu.

Digital Annotation Workshop in the Wilson Media Lab

Join us on Thursday, April 6 at 1:30PM Eastern for a special workshop in the Wilson Media Lab focused on using digital annotation in classrooms and online. Digital annotation—a technology that allows us to annotate documents and web pages from inside a browser window or inside Canvas—is an alternative to online discussion forums, which can often be hard to make lively and interesting. Workshop participants will gain hands-on experience with an annotation client, Hypothes.is, and receive guidance on using Hypothes.is in WordPress, Canvas, and on the open Web.

This workshop explores collaborative web annotation as a core digital pedagogical practice in the 21st century classroom. This emergent technology enables everyday Internet users to comment on or publicly discuss any web page. It can be applied in education to teach students traditional literacy skills and newer forms of digital literacy.

For more information, visit the Office of Digital Learning blog.

Academic Roundtable – When The Oratory Light Is On: How Attention to Speaking Can Help Us Teach

Please join us on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the CTLR located in the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.

Yes, it’s a college-wide learning goal, an FYS learning goal, and we know it’s a critically important skill, but honestly who can afford the precious class-time it takes to teach oral expression? Colleagues Shawna Shapiro (Writing and Linguistics Programs) and Sarah Stroup (Political Science) will join Oratory Now Director Dana Yeaton (Theater) in a demonstration and discussion of the many ways, large and small, we can use speaking to deepen, broaden, and in some cases even expedite, what we already do.

Background Materials

Student Group Revives Speech Contest after 50-Year Hiatus , Parker Merrill Speech Competition, Spring 2016

Orational Thought, Middlebury Magazine, Summer 2016

Envisioning a Rhetoric That Binds Us, a community-initiated conversation report, February 2017

Oratory Now website

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research

and the Library

Summer Assistance for your Digital Media Projects

During the summer, the library employs, trains, and mentors students who assist faculty with various digital projects. Digital projects that students have helped with in the past include the creation of:
  • a website for a course or a lab
  • a video or other multimedia materials
  • animated maps
  • image databases
  • online tutorials
  • online quizzing and assessments
  • animations
You can submit a project proposal for this summer by filling out this form. Because resources are more limited this summer, we will have an easier time evaluating your request if you can provide as much information about your project goals as possible.
While the tutor will work with you during the months of June, July and August, I’ll be in touch with you towards the end of the spring semester to set up an initial meeting and connect you with your student tutor if we have the capacity for your project. We look forward to hearing from you!
In order to match your project with a tutor, we need to hear from you by April 15th. If you would like to discuss your project in advance, feel free to reach out to me.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Heather Stafford – hstafford@middlebury.edu
Multimedia/Curricular Technologist