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  • Lander Wind Ensemble performs first concert of 2010

    At just over a month into the spring 2010 term at Lander University, faculty and student performing artists are not wasting any time in preparation for the semester's upcoming music and theatre events. And with a student honors recital still visible in the rearview mirror, Lander's Department of Music is quickly rolling on to the next production by the Lander Wind Ensemble.
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  • Criswell directs final Christmas concert at helm of Lander choral program

    With 37 years of teaching behind him, Lander University professor of music Dr. Paul Criswell is retiring. "Through the years I've taught kindergarten through graduate school. I wouldn't give any of it back, but it's time to move on," he said. Criswell is not moving on without a little of the superb showmanship that has helped make the Lander choral program a beacon for the performing arts in the Greenwood area and beyond. Under Criswell's direction, Lander's University Singers and Old Main Singers filled the university's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center stage with holiday songs during a concert on Dec. 8. Titled "Another Concert with Friends," the performance was the last Christmas concert Criswell will direct as a Lander professor. His final concert as director of Lander's choral program will be in the spring.
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  • Bulgarian pianist to be featured in Lander's 2009-10 Piano Festival

    Since 2003, Lander University's Department of Music has been featuring a young pianist each year as part of its Emerging Keyboard Artist Recital. Initiated by Drs. Anthony and Marianne Lenti, Lander professors emeritus of music, the recital has showcased performers such as Denis Plutalov of Russia, Thomas Chiron of France, Paul Gillies of the United States and Hsin'I Huang of Taiwan.
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  • Lander Wind Ensemble opens season Oct. 8 with new batch of musicians

    The Lander University Wind Ensemble is gearing up for a new season of performances this fall and will open with promise as a new class of freshman musicians takes the stage. To kick off the semester, the ensemble will hold its first concert of the year Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium.
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  • Lander University students honored for academic excellence, extracurricular service

    Lander University recently honored its cocurricular standouts for the 2008-2009 academic year, presenting student life awards to the university's top students and student organizations. The awards were announced during Lander's annual Academic and Student Life Awards Banquet in Horne Arena.
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  • Abbeville native raises her voice in concert with the Lander Singers

    The talent that fills Lander University's choirs and instrumental ensembles, comes from various types of performers. Most of these musicians are students, but others are Lander faculty and staff. Still others are community members. Of the students, some are music majors, but others are studying topics from across Lander's curriculum.
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  • Lander senior brings lifetime of musical experience to Wind Ensemble concert April 9

    Senior Lander University music major Ryan Davis is comfortable at play, not only on a basketball court or a baseball diamond, but also in the auditorium amongst the other musicians that make up the university's music ensembles and choirs. This is precisely where he will be Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m., on stage for Lander's final Wind Ensemble concert until fall. The concert, in Lander's Cultural Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public.
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  • Join the chorus -- Educator endows music scholarships at Lander University

    Nationally recognized educator and psychotherapist Dr. Fay Maria Mitchell Hart of Greenville has endowed a second scholarship for music majors at her alma mater, Lander University.
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  • Lander Wind Ensemble takes off under new direction

    As a child he became interested in musical performance through a strong church music program. He started playing the trumpet in the fifth grade.
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  • Lander student drums up talent for Jazz Ensemble concert

    Durrell Jules, a Lander University music education major from Columbia, does not recall exactly when he was introduced to music, but he figures that his mother has been singing to him since his birth. He said his mother's talent was a direct influence in his decision to become a musician.
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  • The shape of things: lecture highlights centuries-old American music tradition

    As another school year draws to a close at Lander University, so does the university's 2007-2008 Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities.
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  • Lander graduate encourages future music educators

    The plight of an educator is rarely easy, and courses can only go so far in preparing a student for the role of a teacher. So when Lander University assistant professor of music and director of bands Dr. Christopher Hughes wanted to show students what it was like to work in the field of music education he brought in Lander graduate Glen Funderburk. As director of bands at Blythewood High School in Columbia, Funderburk offered music students the opportunity to get first-hand insight into what it means to be a successful music educator.
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