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Happy Fine Arts Friday! Today we begin our 2nd year of posts regarding The Arts at EC. Students arrived on campus last weekend and classes started on Wednesday. Auditions for ensembles were held this week along with first rehearsals. Dr. Sarah Riskind, Director of Choral Activities, is pleased to announce the 2021 Fall Chamber Singers:

Baylor Cluver, Freshman, Watseka, IL*
Emmalyn Paul, Senior, Eureka, IL
Janessa Cornell, Freshman, El Paso, IL*
Callie Aten, Senior, Dunlap, IL
Justin Owens, Sophomore, East Peoria, IL*
Justin Graham, Sophomore, Peoria, IL*
James Montes, Freshman, Taylorville, IL*
Rob Fowlkes, Freshman, Eureka, IL*

*Music or Music Education Major
Greetings from 'neath the elms. While the campus has been quiet our Fine Arts Alumni and Faculty have been keeping very busy this summer. Edward Finch a 1969 EC graduate launched his new book 'Killing Lincolns' at the Freeport Public Library last week. This book is the 4th in his series of Gabby Gordon Mysteries. Along with these books Edward published the novel 'Elegy' in the 2016 and
Nonfiction -- "Beneath the Waves: The Life and Navy of Capt. Edward L. Beach, Jr., USN" (2010 Naval Institute Press)

He holds an MA in Speech and Theatre from Bradley University and a Doctor of Arts in History from ISU. For over 25 years he taught at Freeport HS where he coached debate for many years. A number of his students won state titles and placed in the top ten nationally. Ed chaired the state wide commission for the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

Two of Ed's biggest influencers while at Eureka were the Theatre directors: Paula Thompson and Terry Williams. Even though Theatre was only offered as a minor then.

One of Ed's favorite memories of Eureka and the campus was the summer after he graduated, directing "The Music Man" in Rinker Theatre as the community tried to start a summer arts program. Ed said, "It was my first directing gig out of college, but it felt like it was just a continuation of my college experiences since it was in the beautiful Rinker Theatre. So many great memories of both the College community and the broader Eureka community the summer of 1969."

Eureka College was for me a place to grow as a person, as well as to grow professional practices.

As of the fall of 2021, twelve family members have had all or part of their undergraduate education " 'Neath the Elms." Very proud that Eureka has had such a pivotal role in my family.

In the coming weeks we will be featuring stories of our alumni and faculty and how they are keeping busy this summer.
Exciting news!
Congratulations to the Class of ‘21!
Remember to tune Sunday the 11th at 3 pm for our Chamber Ensemble Concert!
Please tune in for the Chamber Ensemble Concert this Sunday, April 11th at 3 pm.
Today we feature the music of Dr. Sarah Riskind, Director of Choral Activities. Dr. Riskind is an accomplished composer and has provided this beautiful piece of music entitled 'We Were Once Strangers'. The piece was performed and recorded by the group The Esoterics. As we continue the celebration of Passover and the beginning of Holy Week this piece seems quite appropriate. Thank you to Dr. Riskind for sharing her talents.

Below find the text:

Text:
We welcome the strangers in our land.
They dwell among us, and we love them as ourselves,
For we were once strangers, too. (Leviticus 19:34, paraphrased)

We learn to do good; seek justice, fight oppression.
We defend the orphan, the abandoned, the hopeless. (Isaiah 1:17, paraphrased)

They need our gifts– the poor and the stranger. (Leviticus 19:10, paraphrased)

k’ezrach mikem yihyeh lachem hager hagar itchem

v’ahavta lo kamocha

ki-gerim heyitem b’eretz mitzrayim (Leviticus 19:34)

Translation of Hebrew (RSV):
The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you and you shall love him as yourself;
for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

We welcome the strangers in our land.
Let us gather all nations and languages to illuminate the glory of Creation. (Isaiah 66:18, paraphrased)

We were once strangers, too.

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08/20/2021

Happy Fine Arts Friday! Today we begin our 2nd year of posts regarding The Arts at EC. Students arrived on campus last weekend and classes started on Wednesday. Auditions for ensembles were held this week along with first rehearsals. Dr. Sarah Riskind, Director of Choral Activities, is pleased to announce the 2021 Fall Chamber Singers:

Baylor Cluver, Freshman, Watseka, IL*
Emmalyn Paul, Senior, Eureka, IL
Janessa Cornell, Freshman, El Paso, IL*
Callie Aten, Senior, Dunlap, IL
Justin Owens, Sophomore, East Peoria, IL*
Justin Graham, Sophomore, Peoria, IL*
James Montes, Freshman, Taylorville, IL*
Rob Fowlkes, Freshman, Eureka, IL*

*Music or Music Education Major

07/13/2021

Greetings from 'neath the elms. While the campus has been quiet our Fine Arts Alumni and Faculty have been keeping very busy this summer. Edward Finch a 1969 EC graduate launched his new book 'Killing Lincolns' at the Freeport Public Library last week. This book is the 4th in his series of Gabby Gordon Mysteries. Along with these books Edward published the novel 'Elegy' in the 2016 and
Nonfiction -- "Beneath the Waves: The Life and Navy of Capt. Edward L. Beach, Jr., USN" (2010 Naval Institute Press)

He holds an MA in Speech and Theatre from Bradley University and a Doctor of Arts in History from ISU. For over 25 years he taught at Freeport HS where he coached debate for many years. A number of his students won state titles and placed in the top ten nationally. Ed chaired the state wide commission for the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

Two of Ed's biggest influencers while at Eureka were the Theatre directors: Paula Thompson and Terry Williams. Even though Theatre was only offered as a minor then.

One of Ed's favorite memories of Eureka and the campus was the summer after he graduated, directing "The Music Man" in Rinker Theatre as the community tried to start a summer arts program. Ed said, "It was my first directing gig out of college, but it felt like it was just a continuation of my college experiences since it was in the beautiful Rinker Theatre. So many great memories of both the College community and the broader Eureka community the summer of 1969."

Eureka College was for me a place to grow as a person, as well as to grow professional practices.

As of the fall of 2021, twelve family members have had all or part of their undergraduate education " 'Neath the Elms." Very proud that Eureka has had such a pivotal role in my family.

In the coming weeks we will be featuring stories of our alumni and faculty and how they are keeping busy this summer.

Greetings from 'neath the elms. While the campus has been quiet our Fine Arts Alumni and Faculty have been keeping very busy this summer. Edward Finch a 1969 EC graduate launched his new book 'Killing Lincolns' at the Freeport Public Library last week. This book is the 4th in his series of Gabby Gordon Mysteries. Along with these books Edward published the novel 'Elegy' in the 2016 and
Nonfiction -- "Beneath the Waves: The Life and Navy of Capt. Edward L. Beach, Jr., USN" (2010 Naval Institute Press)

He holds an MA in Speech and Theatre from Bradley University and a Doctor of Arts in History from ISU. For over 25 years he taught at Freeport HS where he coached debate for many years. A number of his students won state titles and placed in the top ten nationally. Ed chaired the state wide commission for the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

Two of Ed's biggest influencers while at Eureka were the Theatre directors: Paula Thompson and Terry Williams. Even though Theatre was only offered as a minor then.

One of Ed's favorite memories of Eureka and the campus was the summer after he graduated, directing "The Music Man" in Rinker Theatre as the community tried to start a summer arts program. Ed said, "It was my first directing gig out of college, but it felt like it was just a continuation of my college experiences since it was in the beautiful Rinker Theatre. So many great memories of both the College community and the broader Eureka community the summer of 1969."

Eureka College was for me a place to grow as a person, as well as to grow professional practices.

As of the fall of 2021, twelve family members have had all or part of their undergraduate education " 'Neath the Elms." Very proud that Eureka has had such a pivotal role in my family.

In the coming weeks we will be featuring stories of our alumni and faculty and how they are keeping busy this summer.

Eureka College to Debut Creative Design Lab in Fall 2021 06/16/2021

Eureka College to Debut Creative Design Lab in Fall 2021

Exciting news!

Eureka College to Debut Creative Design Lab in Fall 2021 EUREKA –When fine and performing arts students return to Eureka College this fall, they will have the opportunity to experience the College’s new Creative Design Lab. Located on the third floor of Burgess Memorial Hall, the latest addition to the EC campus will be the institution’s first clima...

140 Named to Spring 2021 Eureka College Dean’s List 06/07/2021

140 Named to Spring 2021 Eureka College Dean’s List

140 Named to Spring 2021 Eureka College Dean’s List EUREKA —Eureka College is proud to announce that 140 students have received Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2021 semester. This is the second straight semester Eureka College has had 140 Dean’s List recipients. The list includes students from 703different Illinois communities and six states,...

Dr. Joseph Cunningham Receives 2021 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teacher Award 05/27/2021

Dr. Joseph Cunningham Receives 2021 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Joseph Cunningham Receives 2021 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teacher Award EUREKA —Dr. Joseph Cunningham is Eureka College’s 2021 Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award winner. Cunningham, an assistant professor of religion who has taught at Eureka College for six years, received the award at EC's 160th commencement ceremony on May 15. The award recognizes excellen...

Photos from Eureka College's post 05/16/2021

Congratulations to the Class of ‘21!

05/04/2021

Tomorrow at 1pm, the Voice and Piano students will have their end-of-the-year recital. It will be livestreamed here!

04/11/2021

Remember to tune Sunday the 11th at 3 pm for our Chamber Ensemble Concert!

Save the date! Sunday April 11th at 3pm the Chamber Ensemble at Eureka will be having a concert. The concert will be streamed live on this page. Tune in then to hear some good music.

Photos from Eureka College Arts Department's post 04/05/2021

Photos from Eureka College Arts Department's post

04/05/2021

Please tune in for the Chamber Ensemble Concert this Sunday, April 11th at 3 pm.

Save the date! Sunday April 11th at 3pm the Chamber Ensemble at Eureka will be having a concert. The concert will be streamed live on this page. Tune in then to hear some good music.

04/01/2021

Save the date! Sunday April 11th at 3pm the Chamber Ensemble at Eureka will be having a concert. The concert will be streamed live on this page. Tune in then to hear some good music.

We Were Once Strangers (Esoterics) 03/29/2021

We Were Once Strangers (Esoterics)

Today we feature the music of Dr. Sarah Riskind, Director of Choral Activities. Dr. Riskind is an accomplished composer and has provided this beautiful piece of music entitled 'We Were Once Strangers'. The piece was performed and recorded by the group The Esoterics. As we continue the celebration of Passover and the beginning of Holy Week this piece seems quite appropriate. Thank you to Dr. Riskind for sharing her talents.

Below find the text:

Text:
We welcome the strangers in our land.
They dwell among us, and we love them as ourselves,
For we were once strangers, too. (Leviticus 19:34, paraphrased)

We learn to do good; seek justice, fight oppression.
We defend the orphan, the abandoned, the hopeless. (Isaiah 1:17, paraphrased)

They need our gifts– the poor and the stranger. (Leviticus 19:10, paraphrased)

k’ezrach mikem yihyeh lachem hager hagar itchem

v’ahavta lo kamocha

ki-gerim heyitem b’eretz mitzrayim (Leviticus 19:34)

Translation of Hebrew (RSV):
The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you and you shall love him as yourself;
for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

We welcome the strangers in our land.
Let us gather all nations and languages to illuminate the glory of Creation. (Isaiah 66:18, paraphrased)

We were once strangers, too.

We Were Once Strangers (Esoterics) This work by Sarah Riskind was inspired by those who struggle to find welcome in new places. The optimistic textual changes transform a command into a personal commitment. World premiere by the Esote

03/26/2021

Sophomore Sean Blair is the focus of our Friday Fine Arts Feature. Sean is double majoring in Psychology and Theatre. He hails from Paris, Illinois and graduated from Paris H.S. While in high school he participated in Elite Harmony (acapella choir), Chorus, Theatre and Paris Community Theatre. He was very involved with Musical Theatre in high school having played many roles including: Sky in Mamma Mia, Bert in Mary Poppins and Phil Davis in White Christmas. Since arriving at EC he has been featured as Anton Schill in the virtual play The Visit and is currently playing the roles of Michael/Dad in the virtual play The Boy at the Edge of Everything.

Sean is also involved in the following organizations: : TKE, Men’s Soccer, Theater Production, and Cru. He is very excited about taking a piano class from Dr. DeZwaan as he has always wanted learn how to play.

When asked what brought him to Eureka College he stated: "There were many reasons that brought me to Eureka College. Being
able to go to a college that was small enough to know so many people and the ability to make connections with the teachers and staff. The ability to play on a sports team (soccer in my case!),
The ability to participate in theater and the fact that it was close to my eldest sister. Eureka College is also close enough to Peoria and Bloomington to have the ability to experience life outside
of college."

Sean is another example of a well rounded liberal arts student who is taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded to him at Eureka College!

Sophomore Sean Blair is the focus of our Friday Fine Arts Feature. Sean is double majoring in Psychology and Theatre. He hails from Paris, Illinois and graduated from Paris H.S. While in high school he participated in Elite Harmony (acapella choir), Chorus, Theatre and Paris Community Theatre. He was very involved with Musical Theatre in high school having played many roles including: Sky in Mamma Mia, Bert in Mary Poppins and Phil Davis in White Christmas. Since arriving at EC he has been featured as Anton Schill in the virtual play The Visit and is currently playing the roles of Michael/Dad in the virtual play The Boy at the Edge of Everything.

Sean is also involved in the following organizations: : TKE, Men’s Soccer, Theater Production, and Cru. He is very excited about taking a piano class from Dr. DeZwaan as he has always wanted learn how to play.

When asked what brought him to Eureka College he stated: "There were many reasons that brought me to Eureka College. Being
able to go to a college that was small enough to know so many people and the ability to make connections with the teachers and staff. The ability to play on a sports team (soccer in my case!),
The ability to participate in theater and the fact that it was close to my eldest sister. Eureka College is also close enough to Peoria and Bloomington to have the ability to experience life outside
of college."

Sean is another example of a well rounded liberal arts student who is taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded to him at Eureka College!

03/21/2021

It's a lovely day for some music! We'll be livestreaming the Faculty Recital today at https://www.facebook.com/eurekacollegemusicdepartment/live/ at 3pm CDT.

Photos from The Arts at EC's post 03/19/2021

Today we will be highlighting Dr. Adriana Martinez in our Friday Fine Arts Feature. Dr. Martinez is an Assistant Professor of Music who teaches Music History, Theory, Voice and Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop which is a new course offering. She is in her 3rd year as a member of the Music Faculty.

Dr. Martinez is originally from Mexico City and earned her Bachelor's of Music at the University of Charleston (WV) and earned her Master's and PhD in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

She is a versatile soprano and scholar, who appeared most recently as Mimì (cover) in La Bohème with MI Opera in Normal, IL (August 2019). She had her European debut in 2018 as Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel (Trentino Music Festival, Fiera di Primiero, Italy). Dr. Martinez appeared in 2017 on tour with Opera Maya in Mexico in scenes from Turandot (Liu), Die Zauberflöte (First Lady), and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze). Previous full roles include Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Suor Maria (Giordano’s Mese mariano), Mrs. Gobineau (Menotti’s The Medium) and the Novice (Suor Angelica). Partial roles include Amy (Little Women), Flora (The Turn of the Screw), Maria (West Side Story), Ortlinde (Die Walküre,
Lincoln Center), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Marianne (Tartuffe), and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni).

When asked about her experiences at Eureka and why she wanted to teach here, she replied: "I went to a small liberal arts college much like Eureka and loved having close relationships with my professors and classmates, so I was looking for that kind of environment to work in. When I came to interview, I was struck with the incredible sense of community we have here. In addition, being able to use both my musicological and performance backgrounds is very important to me, and made this position the perfect fit for me."

We are so fortunate to have Dr. Martinez on our Music Faculty. This Sunday, March 21st at 3 pm (CST), the Music Faculty will be presenting a recital which will be livestreamed on Facebook. Dr. Martinez, Dr. Riskind and Dr. DeZwaan will all be performing. Please plan to join the livestream audience for this exciting concert which is part of our Spring Concert Series. By the way, Dr. Martinez and Dr. DeZwaan will be performing a new work by Dr. Riskind!

03/12/2021

Our Friday Fine Arts Feature highlights the tenure of Dr. Joe Henry who was the Director of Choral Activities from 1991 to 2018. Dr. Henry also served as the Associate Provost for a number of years and is now Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Henry is originally from Randolph, Maine but has been a resident of Eureka since 1991. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Southern Maine, his Master's in conducting from University of Maine and his DMA in conducting from University of Missouri, K.C., Conservatory of Music.

When asked to describe some of his favorite memories he said the following, "I cherish many memories of our biannual, on-campus performances, the many off-campus
performances for our local DOC church, the DOC regional and national assemblies, several international concert tours
abroad (I.e., Italy, Ireland, Germany, Austria, etc.), and those occasions when my students seized the frequent
opportunities to experience major choral/orchestra masterworks by temporarily joining the Peoria Area Civic Chorale in collaborations with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. I also reminisce about the many non-musical experiences including the many Chorale cookouts, and the almost always annual Chorale softball game at Eureka Lake Park that pitted the sopranos and tenors against the altos and basses. The introduction of a newly written script for the annual Renaissance Christmas Dinner hosted and performed by the Eureka College Chamber Singers, always brought great laughter, fun, and revelry as we officially began preparations for a “dinner-theater music” event that brought great joy and merriment to the greater Eureka College Community."

Dr. Henry said one of his proudest moments came during the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev in 2009. "Teaching Russian to members of the College Chorale for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria
(Bogoroditse Dyevo) and the Russian National Anthem for Mikhail Gorbachev’s 2009 visit to Central Illinois. (By
the way, not long after our performance at the Peoria Civic Center, I was approached momentarily by Mikhail
Gorbachev’s translator who wanted me to know that the former Soviet leader thought our Russian was
exceptionally good!)" He also spoke of the Summer Music Program "Creating/Directing a successful, week-long, residential Summer Choral Camp at Eureka (2000-2018) that
annually brought between 50-60 high school students to campus for extraordinary musical experiences that
culminated in a grand-finale concert for family, friends, and the general public. Many of those campers
matriculated at, and eventually graduated from Eureka College."

In describing his time at Eureka he said, "I find it exceedingly difficult to pinpoint a particular story or two, but I do remember that most rehearsals were filled with hard work and good humor. It didn’t take singers long to learn that my “serious but playful” approach to preparing choral repertoire not only nurtured their creative spirits but engendered performances that were always filled
with vibrancy, sincerity, and beautiful musical expressions. To my former students, God bless you all wherever you are
and whatever you do! Thank you for allowing me to participate in a small part of your life’s journey. What we were able to accomplish at Eureka College was always edifying, entertaining, and worthy; to me, to you, and to the greater Eureka College Community. In your music performances, you always brought audiences great joy, much happiness, and hope for a better tomorrow. That in itself, places what we accomplished exceedingly high on the “pedestal of goodness!”

The photo was taken following a performance by the Eureka College Chamber Singers in Champaign, IL not long
before Dr. Henry's retirement. (House left: Kaelen Elizabeth Henry; (House right: Kelsey Louise Henry Sandrock.) Both daughters are EC alumna with degrees in music.

Thank you to Dr. Henry for his many years providing music to our campus and for sharing his talents with our students and our campus community and beyond.

Our Friday Fine Arts Feature highlights the tenure of Dr. Joe Henry who was the Director of Choral Activities from 1991 to 2018. Dr. Henry also served as the Associate Provost for a number of years and is now Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Henry is originally from Randolph, Maine but has been a resident of Eureka since 1991. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Southern Maine, his Master's in conducting from University of Maine and his DMA in conducting from University of Missouri, K.C., Conservatory of Music.

When asked to describe some of his favorite memories he said the following, "I cherish many memories of our biannual, on-campus performances, the many off-campus
performances for our local DOC church, the DOC regional and national assemblies, several international concert tours
abroad (I.e., Italy, Ireland, Germany, Austria, etc.), and those occasions when my students seized the frequent
opportunities to experience major choral/orchestra masterworks by temporarily joining the Peoria Area Civic Chorale in collaborations with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. I also reminisce about the many non-musical experiences including the many Chorale cookouts, and the almost always annual Chorale softball game at Eureka Lake Park that pitted the sopranos and tenors against the altos and basses. The introduction of a newly written script for the annual Renaissance Christmas Dinner hosted and performed by the Eureka College Chamber Singers, always brought great laughter, fun, and revelry as we officially began preparations for a “dinner-theater music” event that brought great joy and merriment to the greater Eureka College Community."

Dr. Henry said one of his proudest moments came during the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev in 2009. "Teaching Russian to members of the College Chorale for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria
(Bogoroditse Dyevo) and the Russian National Anthem for Mikhail Gorbachev’s 2009 visit to Central Illinois. (By
the way, not long after our performance at the Peoria Civic Center, I was approached momentarily by Mikhail
Gorbachev’s translator who wanted me to know that the former Soviet leader thought our Russian was
exceptionally good!)" He also spoke of the Summer Music Program "Creating/Directing a successful, week-long, residential Summer Choral Camp at Eureka (2000-2018) that
annually brought between 50-60 high school students to campus for extraordinary musical experiences that
culminated in a grand-finale concert for family, friends, and the general public. Many of those campers
matriculated at, and eventually graduated from Eureka College."

In describing his time at Eureka he said, "I find it exceedingly difficult to pinpoint a particular story or two, but I do remember that most rehearsals were filled with hard work and good humor. It didn’t take singers long to learn that my “serious but playful” approach to preparing choral repertoire not only nurtured their creative spirits but engendered performances that were always filled
with vibrancy, sincerity, and beautiful musical expressions. To my former students, God bless you all wherever you are
and whatever you do! Thank you for allowing me to participate in a small part of your life’s journey. What we were able to accomplish at Eureka College was always edifying, entertaining, and worthy; to me, to you, and to the greater Eureka College Community. In your music performances, you always brought audiences great joy, much happiness, and hope for a better tomorrow. That in itself, places what we accomplished exceedingly high on the “pedestal of goodness!”

The photo was taken following a performance by the Eureka College Chamber Singers in Champaign, IL not long
before Dr. Henry's retirement. (House left: Kaelen Elizabeth Henry; (House right: Kelsey Louise Henry Sandrock.) Both daughters are EC alumna with degrees in music.

Thank you to Dr. Henry for his many years providing music to our campus and for sharing his talents with our students and our campus community and beyond.

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