Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Natalie Higgins Appointed Horn Professor

Dr. Natalie Higgins has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music in Horn at the Schwob School of Music, to begin August, 2016. Dr; Higgins received her DMA from the University of Missouri—Kansas City and is a founding member of the Alias Brass Company. She is currently on the faculty of Missouri Western State University. Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Higgins!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stephanie Patterson Appointed Bassoon Professor

Dr. Stephanie Willow Patterson has been appointed Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the Schwob School of Music. She holds a D.M.A. in bassoon performance with a minor in theory pedagogy from the University of Iowa, an M.M. from Wichita State, a B.M. in bassoon performance, and a B.A. in Russian Language from Oberlin. A California native with a passion for collaboration, outreach, and contemporary music, she most recently served as bassoon professor at Wichita State University and formerly held teaching positions at Bethany College and Bethel College in Kansas. Her ├ętude book “An Introduction to Contemporary Music for Bassoon” was published in 2014. Welcome, Dr. Patterson!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Paul VanderGheynst, Retired Jazz Director, Dean and VP, Dies; CSU to Establish Memorial Endowment

Paul VanderGheynst, who came to Columbus in 1972 and founded the CSU jazz program, later serving as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, died early Sunday, May 1st in Columbus. In the 1990s, he played a key role in the planning and construction phase for the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home on Gentian Boulevard. A memorial service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Second Avenue. For more information:

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Those desiring to do so may make a contribution in Paul’s memory to the Paul J. Vander Gheynst Scholarship Endowment for Jazz Studies.

Mail contributions to:
Columbus State University Foundation
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907, click on “GIVE” button, under “Choose Designation”, check (√) “would like to support a program not listed above”, and type Paul J. Vander Gheynst Scholarship Endowment for Jazz Studies.

For additional information or to make your gift by telephone call:
Office of Development
College of the Arts

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