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                    newsletter                    October 2012         Volume 20                                                                                              
Three Perspectives on Police Deaf Near Far
 "Amazing." "Awesome." These are the words that are constantly repeated in conversations about the upcoming theatre production of Police Deaf Near Far, which opens on Thursday, October 4. Professor Karen Sheridan, who is directing the show says, "The whole cast and crew have fully embraced the opportunity. I am so proud of the students." The production is complex and since the theme of the play is communication, it is vital that the complexity is accurately addressed and the show is seamlessly presented. The play captures the emotion and drama surrounding an event arising from a miscommunication between a Deaf activist torn between his love for his hearing girlfriend and being true to his community, and a police officer in the midst of a tumultuous divorce. Every performance will be fully accessible to both hearing and Deaf patrons.
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October News
Here is our monthly round-up of news about the activities of our students, faculty and alumni. Alumnus Alex Ruthmann will be on campus from October 11 until October 13 to give a lecture and conduct a workshop on new media musicianship. Alex graduated from OU with a M.M. and a Ph.D. and is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at the intersection of music education, arts computing and research. Complete details of the programs he will offer during his visit to OU are available on the CARMU site here. Seating is limited for the Saturday workshop and those wishing to attend are advised to register in advance by emailing
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A Second Season of Arts-After-Work
Leaving work right at 5 p.m. can be a challenge. We know many of you sometimes decide to stay a little later, take the opportunity to get extra work done, and make the journey home when the roads are less frantic. We are delighted to be able to offer you an alternative to working through the rush hour. Once again this year, we are offering our Arts-After-Work Series on selected Thursdays. May we suggest that instead of working an extra hour, you join us in Varner Hall for our series of diverse performing arts events, especially scheduled to allow you to avoid stressful traffic and head for home feeling refreshed and uplifted! The tickets for all the Arts-After-Work Series performances are "Pay What You Wish,"
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A Life in Music: Melissa Hoag
Assistant Professor Melissa Hoag grew up in a very small town in Missouri. Throughout high school she recalls always knowing what she wanted to do with her life. From an early age, she was passionate about music. She says, laughing, "My whole world was music and everybody knew it." But Melissa, OU's highly regarded Music Theory professor, did not grow up in a musical family. It was chance that uncovered her extraordinary gift. She remembers, "My grandma bought me a little toy piano from Wal-Mart. I still have it." Seeing how drawn she was to the toy and noting that she would play melodies she'd just heard by ear, her parents decided she should try the real thing, and by age 5 Melissa was taking lessons with a local teacher. "I wasn't establishing a very good technical foundation, but I loved it and I never wanted to quit."
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Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

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2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2030
Upcoming Events


Thursday, 10/4,
Cary Carner Clinic

Thursday, 10/4 -
Sunday, 10/14
Police:Deaf :: Near:Far

Sunday, 10/7, 3 pm
Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, 10/9, 7 pm
OU Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, 10/10, 8 pm
Randy Napoleon Sextet

Thursday, 10/11, 6 pm
Alex Ruthmann Lecture

Thursday, 10/13, 9 am
Alex Ruthmann Workshop

Sunday, 10/14, 7 pm
Joel Frederiksen

Monday, 10/15
Grupo Krapp Lecture

Wednesday, 10/17, 8 pm
OU Bands Preview

Thursday, 10/18, noon
OU Jazz at noon

Saturday, 10/20, 8 pm
Sunday, 10/21, 2 pm
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

Thursday, 10/25, 6 pm
Voice Faculty Concert

Saturday, 10/27
Michigan Dance Council Dance Day

Saturday, 11/3
Guitar Workshop

Sunday, 11/4, 7 pm
Chamber Ensemble Concert

Thursday, 11/8, 6 pm
Oakland Chamber Players

Thursday, 11/8 -
Sunday, 11/18
Spring Awakening

Sunday, 11/11, 3 pm
Philip Duncan &
OU Brass Band

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