This Week at SOTA

NKU School of the Arts - Feb. 22, 2021

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Interconnected Lecture Series with Maurice Woods

Maurice Woods is the next speaker in the Interconnected // Design Lecture Series. Join us for his virtual talk this Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Hosted by NKU with support from AIGA Cincinnati. Register in advance for this free event.

About Maurice Woods

Mo Woods is the Executive Director and Founder of the Inneract Project (IP). Born and raised in Richmond, CA, Maurice began his career as a basketball player, playing professionally worldwide for 7 years to graduating from the University of Washington with a BFA and MFA in Visual Communication Design.

He created Inneract Project to bring design and youth from underserved communities together and ensure that people of color are supported and represented in design fields. What began in 2004 as a grassroots effort to teach design has become an organization, unwavering in its mission.

Since then, Maurice has served as Co-Chair of Education for the AIGA San Francisco and nationally as a Board of Advisor for the Diversity Archive Collection Exhibition, receiving the AIGA San Francisco Fellow Award in 2016 and the Jefferson Award. Professionally, Maurice has worked as a designer at the world’s largest independent design consultancy, Pentagram Design. He designed extensive identity, retail, exhibit and interactive programs for clients such as Nike, Greyhound, Symantec,, and Google. In addition, Maurice currently works full-time as a Principal Designer at Microsoft.

SOTA Saturdays

SOTA Saturdays is a weekly virtual open house for NKU’s School of the Arts. This is an opportunity for potential students to learn a little more about SOTA to help make your decision for where to best develop your creative potential to the fullest! Parents, you are invited too! Area K-12 art, music, and theatre teachers, we hope this will be an opportunity for you to learn about some of the great opportunities we have to offer you and your students here in SOTA as well! All are welcome and we hope all will be entertained and enlightened!

Past sessions will be available to view online at the SOTA YouTube channel.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-noon: Alumni
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27: TBA

KMEA Wrap-up

The NKU Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Amy Gillingham, performed (virtually) at the 2021 Kentucky Music Educator's Association Professional Development Conference. The concert entitled "Of Time and Season," is available to view on YouTube.

Congratulations to our faculty for presenting at the KMEA Conference!

  • Danielle Todd presented “Getting the Most from the Student Teacher/Mentor Experience" with recent graduate Madison Herzner
  • Amy Gillingham Culligan presented "Making Orchestra Work: How to Engage Diverse Levels and Modify Repertoire for Success"
  • William Herzog presented "Musical Memory and Mental Practice"
  • Ellen Graham presented “Vocal Health for the Music Educator” with Megan Boyd, Associate Artistic Director, Young Professionals Choral Collective

SOTA students awarded Three Arts Scholarships

Congratulations to our SOTA students for receiving the Three Arts Scholarship! The Three Arts Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to undergraduate junior and senior and Masters degree candidate females majoring in the disciplines of Music, Drama, or Art at accredited colleges and universities in the greater Cincinnati area.

  • Musical Theatre: Olivia Barrell, Arianna Catalano, Blair Lamb, Erin Reardon, Danielle Ullman
  • Vocal Music: Katherine Sharp and Kate Suekoff
  • Instrumental Music: Laura Lamb (percussion), Maria Osbourn (flute), Delaan Sumler (double bass)

Making Teaching Public

Congratulations to our NKU Making Teaching Public instructors Leanne Wood and Adam White in the Music Program and Ronnie Chamberlain in the Theatre & Dance Program! From Feb. 17-18, NKU virtually opened up its campus for the community to take an inside look at a variety of subjects with its third annual Making Teaching Public celebration.

Dr. Wood taught "Myth and Music," which examined how “Star Wars” is a modern version of a myth, focusing on Freud and Jung theories plus John Williams’ film music. Dr. White taught "Psychology of Music," which explored the connection between sight and sound and how music can fundamentally alter what we hear. Prof. Chamberlain taught "Advanced Stage Makeup," which focuses on the techniques with basic makeup design art and professionalism, molding and casting, and working with wigs, hair, and prosthetics.

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