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EMS Education in the Age of COVID-19 - EMSWorld

EMS Education in the Age of COVID-19 - EMSWorld EMS Education in the Age of COVID-19 - EMSWorld Posted: 29 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the delivery of education drastically and possibly forever. When schools began shutting down in March to curb the spread of the virus, educators had less than two weeks to convert in-person, interactive curricula into completely virtual, contactless classrooms. Accomplishing this seamlessly was challenging for medical and allied health profession schools, like EMS programs, where patient contact and practicing skills on classmates is an essential component of the training. Yet EMS professionals rose to the occasion. We profile a few of them here. Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Ore. Gary Heigel, paramedic program director and chair of the Emergency Services Department at RCC, says his department is fairly progressive with how it delivers education, with moves in recent year

Online Classes, Workshops Help Bay Area Theaters Amid Pandemic -

Online Classes, Workshops Help Bay Area Theaters Amid Pandemic -

Online Classes, Workshops Help Bay Area Theaters Amid Pandemic -

Posted: 16 Nov 2020 10:22 AM PST

Companies not only target pros wanting to further their craft but also provide sessions for wannabes and non-performers who desire stagecraft insights.

The Marin Musical Theatre Company (MMTC) is a prime example. Since Nov. 1, it's been producing a series of Zoom sessions on acting, audition preparations, voice and dance aimed at performers 16 and up.

Offerings range from artistic director Jenny Boynton's "Musical Theatre Audition Preparation" to Eric Levintow's "Group Voice Lessons and Masterclass" and Nelson Brown's "Physicality of Acting."
Classes — usually $10 per session — are listed online.

Boynton says students can "take a class they might otherwise not be able to afford, and teachers are getting a small boost to their income. It's a win-win."

Katie Wickes, board president, adds that because MMTC doesn't own a physical theater, it "could have just gone into hibernation until the pandemic was over" but chose instead to "keep our community of artists strong and focus on the fun."

Meanwhile, from San Francisco, the Zoom roster of the American Conservatory Theater's Studio A.C.T. is crammed with four- and eight-week courses in acting, on-camera technique, movement, clowning and masks.

They're held weekday nights and weekend afternoons to accommodate work and home commitments. Most are limited to 12 to 14 students 19 years of age or older "to guarantee personal attention from instructors." Master classes and one-on-one coaching also are available.

The winter semester, which begins Jan. 19, will showcase such items as "Contemporary Latinx Scene Study," "Musical Theater 1," "Intro to Acting," "Activating Character Through Voice and Body" and "Creative Play for Older Adults." Details are found here.

The Berkeley Rep is another major outfit offering online instruction. Its School of Theatre provides three-hour virtual training workshops that, its website proclaims, can "energize your mind."

On Saturday, for example, Culture Clash members Richard Montoya and Herbert Siguenza taught a playwriting workshop about social justice, and Jarvis B. Manning, Jr., conducts a Dec. 5 interactive class "about the ever-evolving entertainment industry audition process" that details "do's and don'ts [and] tactics for success."

Workshops cost $115 each, though a lottery for "emerging artists" subsidizes a $35 spot.

Online classes in progress include a monologue intensive, advanced voice-over acting and the female character.

Says Rachel Hull, School of Theatre director, "Throughout the pandemic, engaging with adults and young people through virtual classrooms has been a joy not only for participants but for faculty as well."

At the South Bay Musical Theatre in San Jose an online enrichment program for performers 18 and up will continue "until shelter-in-place orders are lifted."

Jazz dance classes led by Michael Saenz are offered monthly (Nov. 21 is next) and choreographer Francesca Cipponeri guides a tap dance workshop beginning Dec. 12.

SBMT's website cites programming that highlights show encores, quarantine concerts, classic films, lectures, forums, trivia and game shows — plus, of course, skills workshops in acting, dancing, auditioning and playwriting.

Sara Dean, executive director, explains that while four-night workshops are "offered for a minimal fee — with scholarships available," the company's "single-night programs are free to all [and] provide a creative outlet for artists and an accessible way to engage our audiences."

Aimed at youngsters by Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse are a group of story/performance/art programs.

For instance, "A Seussified Christmas Carol," a one-act, in-person play for ages 8-14, is slated Dec. 30 with social distancing and masks. It has a 14-student limit, with $695 tuition.

Already sold-out are radio drama classes for "A Christmas Carol" (the performance was Thursday), one in "Writing for the Virtual Stage" (Dec. 18) and a "Storytelling for Fun" class on Zoom that features acting exercises, creating a powerful main character and improvising a story.

The theater's new managing director, Anne Clark, maintains that classes supply creative outlets for students and "much needed work for our artists struggling to stay afloat."

By Woody Weingarten / Bay City News Foundation

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Friends of Chamber Music to present online concert - Bryan-College Station Eagle

Posted: 11 Nov 2020 10:00 PM PST

Juho Pohjonen

Acclaimed Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen will kick-off the 25th season of the Friends of Chamber Music with a free online performance of Johnan Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7 p.m. Saturday. Patrons must go to to register for the performance and receive the code needed to watch the performance online. The concert will be available for two weeks.

The Friends of Chamber Music will begin its 25th anniversary of magnificent music Saturday night by entering the brave new world of presenting entertainment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The season opens with J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, performed by acclaimed young Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. The thing is, Pohjonen won't be in College Station-Bryan on Saturday. Rather, he is sheltering at home in Finland and has spent this week videotaping his performance to be shown for the first time at 7 p.m. Saturday and for two weeks afterward.

As always, the Friends of Chamber Music concert is free, but patrons wishing to watch the concert must make a reservation at Once the reservation is made, the patron will receive an email with information on the concert, as well as the link needed to watch.

Pohjonen's concert will be available at that link for two weeks, so patrons may watch it at their convenience, as many times as they wish through Nov. 28.

A media release from the Friends of Chamber Music said, "It will be a very special event: a discovery of an international star pianist, and also, a very rare program that he has chosen to perform for us, the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, one of the seminal major compositions by the German Baroque master."

Pohjonen has performed throughout the world in both orchestral and individual settings, often promoting works of Finnish composers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho and Jean Sibelius.

He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras,

Pohjonen began his formal piano studies in 1989 at the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and subsequently earned a master's degree from Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy in 2008. Pohjonen was selected by Sir Andras Schiff as the winner of the 2009 Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. He also has won prizes at international and Finnish competitions.

Gifts for new MSU music building honor notable educators, alumni - Mississippi State Newsroom

Posted: 13 Nov 2020 12:21 PM PST

Contact: Addie Mayfield

An architectural rendering shows Mississippi State's new 37,000-square-foot music building with green grass in front and a blue sky above.
An architectural rendering shows Mississippi State's new 37,000-square-foot music building, slated for completion in fall 2021.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University's new music building, once complete, will include dedicated spaces named for influential alumni, educators and supporters of the university. The Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry Piano Studio, Dr. Clinton H. Graves Jr. Student Piano Practice Room, and Frank G. and Heather H. Williams Student Practice Room are named with gifts for separate excellence endowments benefiting the College of Education's Department of Music to enhance the facility.

With construction underway, the new 37,000-square-foot music building is slated for completion in fall 2021. The facility has been a longtime university goal and will allow the music department and choral program to be housed in one location for growth, enabling the band program to maximize its existing building.

The Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry Piano Studio honors its namesake, a 30-year faculty member and longtime professor of piano and piano pedagogy. Edwards-Henry earned bachelor's and master's degrees in performance and pedagogy from William Jewell College and University of Illinois, respectively, and received a Ph.D. in piano pedagogy from University of Oklahoma. She pursued additional piano study in Bordeaux, France, as the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship. The naming of the Edwards-Henry studio is possible with a gift from Dr. E. Stanly Godbold Jr. and his wife, Jeannie, of Starkville.

Godbold is a professor emeritus of history at MSU. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in history from Duke University, as well as a Master of Divinity in theology from Southern Methodist University. His wife, a fellow educator and alumnus of Wisconsin's Carthage College, is a retired preschool teacher. The couple's friendship with Edwards-Henry began two decades ago when they took an adult piano class under her instruction. Through their gift, the Godbolds hope to honor Edwards-Henry's talent and dedicated service to the university, her students and her profession.

The Dr. Clinton H. Graves Jr. Student Piano Practice Room was established by a similar gift from MSU alumni couple Daniel M. "Danny" Thomas Jr. and Leigh Graves Thomas of Flowood. Danny earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1984, and Leigh earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture in 1986. Bearing the name of Leigh's father, the room serves as a memorial to the late MSU professor emeritus and his lifelong love for music and piano.

Growing up, Graves participated in piano competitions and continued to play throughout his life. After serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from Mississippi State in 1950 and spent his 40-year career teaching and conducting research at his alma mater.

Although his profession was in plant pathology, Graves was an avid supporter of the Department of Music and actively promoted the construction of a new music building on campus. Before his death in 2016, Graves established a scholarship for piano students in the Department of Music in memory of his wife, Nancy Kirby Graves, and in honor of his daughter, Leigh. The following year, the Thomases gifted the Graves family's antique pump organ to the department. A wedding gift given by Graves' father to his mother in 1915, the organ will be displayed in the new building as another tribute to the Graves family.

The third of the recently designated rooms comes through a gift from its namesakes, Frank and Heather Williams of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Frank is a 1987 MSU chemical engineering graduate and third-generation Bulldog. Heather, an alumna of Texas A&M, shares her husband's love for Mississippi State. The couple's son John became a fourth-generation Bulldog alumnus after graduating with a music education degree in 2019. The endowment further extends their family's legacy at the university.

Additional opportunities exist within the new music building to name select features, including classrooms, offices, studios and performance halls, among other areas with endowment-level gifts. Such contributions provide adaptive support for the building's furniture, fixtures and equipment, as well as future maintenance and upkeep. 

For more information on naming opportunities, endowments and other ways to support MSU's Department of Music, contact Trish Cunetto, director of development for the College of Education, at (662) 325-6762 or

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