Angela Waite RecitalGAMBIER, Ohio (January 12, 2007) Seven Kenyon students have been selected to perform in the Angela Waite Recital, which will be presented by the Department of Music on Saturday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
It's an honor to be selected for the Waite recital. With thirty adjunct music faculty members, as many as 325 students may be taking music lessons in a given semester; about forty of them are actually music majors. The final exam for course credit is called a "jury," a group of faculty evaluating the performances. A dozen of the best musicians, regardless of major, are then chosen to perform in the Waite recitals, held twice a year.
Invited to perform in this recital are seniors Adrienne Boris, who will sing and is a drama and English major from Medfield, Massachusetts; Ed Ceaser, a violinist and math major from Shaker Heights, Ohio; Lauren Hauser, who will sing and is an English major from Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania; and Melissa Martin, who plays the oboe and is a biology major and religious studies minor from Canandaigua, New York. Junior Stephen Dowling, a music major from Chatham, New Jersey, will also sing, as will sophomores Helle Slutz, an undecided major from Upper Arlington, Ohio; and Diana Ruskin, a psychology major from Falls Church, Virginia.
Competition for the slots is intense, says Donna Maloney, applied music program coordinator for the music department. "We have some music majors who don't make the cut. When students are invited to participate, they're just thrilled."
The Angela Waite Recital Series was Emeritus Trustee Charles P. Waite's anniversary gift to his wife, Angela, in 2000. The Waites have been especially generous to the Kenyon music department over the years, and this gift is a tribute to the longstanding involvement in the worlds of music and dance of Mrs. Waite, a former violinist with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.