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Fine Arts Department Expands Musical Offerings

October 21, 2013

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

Saint Anselm College is introducing new opportunities for students interested in learning to sing and perform music. Katherine Hoffman, Ph.D., chair of the fine arts department, has announced that beginning in fall 2014, the department will offer music lessons for academic credit, with class instruction in piano and individual instruction in voice, piano, guitar, and other instruments.

"The fine arts department has been hoping for something such as this program emphasis for close to 20 years," Hoffman says. "We are very excited about offering students more performance opportunities. Our new courses, ensembles, and music lessons will also add much to the cultural life on campus and in the surrounding community." 

In order to facilitate music performance on campus, the college will purchase new Yamaha pianos and renovate class space in the Dana Center for the Humanities into student practice rooms. The fine arts department hopes to enhance music performance by offering new spaces for music ensembles to rehearse, as well as electronic keyboards and state-of-the-art music software for hands-on class piano and music theory instruction.

The department recently added a new faculty member who specializes in composition, music theory, and piano: Francis Kayali, D.M.A. Kayali's music has been performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), among others.

He has received commissions from the Chamber Opera of USC and Bowdoin College but his most recent commission was for Saint Anselm College. He composed the Presidential Fanfare for the upcoming inauguration of the college's tenth president. He will be featured in a recital as part of the Fine Arts Series, November 7 in the Chapel Art Center.

The college's other music professor is Sean Parr, Ph.D., who is a music historian and an operatic tenor. Parr teaches music history courses and will also teach voice lessons. He has performed many operatic roles throughout Europe and the U.S. He will be the tenor soloist in a performance of Handel's Messiah in December at the Saint. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, and he will join his colleague at the November recital.