Sound & Symbol Lecture Series

All performances take place in Hofheimer Theater.  Ticket prices as listed; free to the VWC community.   The Series is grateful for the support of the Hugh Dougherty Visiting Artist Endowment and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

“Let Heaven & Nature Sing!”

In celebration of the university’s new Greer Environmental Sciences Center, CSM considers the nature of sound.

September 28 – 11:00 a.m., (Fine Arts 9)

“When Jacob came close to Isaac his father, blind Isaac said “I know this voice . . .” (Genesis 27:22)

Ann Cyptar, voice pathologist with the Riverside Health Systems, explains how the voice works, signs of injury, and healthy habits for a lifetime of speaking and music-making.

November 16 - 11:00 a.m., (Fine Arts 9)

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord with the music of the lute and harp, to the melody of the lyre . . .”  (Psalm 92)

Experienced “tone wood vendor” and luthier Brian Hawkins explains wood’s properties and his proprietary bracing system which results in his stellar reputation for hand-building the finest hand-crafted acoustic and electric guitars.

February 22 - 11:00 a.m., (Fine Arts 9)

“By the waters of Babylon, we gave up our harps for our captives required of us songs. . .” (Psalm 137)

In Uhuru Africa!, Dr. Jason Squinobal, Assistant Professor of Music, explores the meaning of identity in music, its use in fighting oppression and to promote civil rights and independence from the African American anthem “Lift Every Voice” to the South African hymn of liberation “Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika” (Lord, bless Africa).    

April 12 - 11:00 a.m., (Fine Arts 9)

“Make music with the harp and sounds of singing, with trumpets and the ram’s horn; shout for joy!”   (Psalm 98:5)

Dr. Katrina Henry, Assistant Professor of Physics, demonstrates the “Physics of Sound,” and Henry Faivre, Registered Piano Technician, explains the inner workings of a piano and its tuning.   (Weather-permitting, “Play Me” pianos will be placed around campus for the day in a celebration of music-making.)

April 19 - 11:00 a.m., (Fine Arts 9)

“The wind blows where it will and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with the Spirit of God . . .”  (John 3:8)

 Phil Guilfoyle, Professor of Art, leads VWU’s spring sculpture class in the installation of hand-crafted wind-chimes placed throughout the campus to remind us of the ethereal nature of wind and sound.