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Category: College of Fine Arts and Production
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When putting on a show, it takes more than just a cast to make it happen. The most important people are behind the curtains, handling costumes, lights, setting up props and more. Without them, the show wouldn’t go on and be as flawless as it is.

We asked a few students in the College of Fine Arts and Production what actually happens behind the scenes. Check them out below:

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By Madison Knutson
Student, College of Fine Arts and Production

Last fall, the dance department at Grand Canyon University had the opportunity to work with Christy McNeil-Chand from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In addition to setting the infamous piece entitled “Sinoatrial Node,” Christy motivated students to attend the renowned Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, which was celebrating its 40 anniversary. Upon her recommendation, I attended the two-week intensive with three other GCU students—Hannah Croft, Isiah Johnson and Alyssa Quiett—in Boulder, Colorado this past July 2018.

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Meet Andrew Gross! He is a Professional Jazz Saxophonist and educator who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music and a Master of Music Performance. He has even gotten the opportunity to study with well-known jazz musicians, including, Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Rich Perry, Tony Malaby, Dewey Redman and Reggie Workman.

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Meet Frank G. Dubuy, an adjunct Professor of Music at Grand Canyon University. His teaching assignments include Director of the GCU Wind Ensemble/Chamber Winds, Student Teacher Supervisor, Band and Education Methods classes. Prior to assuming this position he was Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ where he directed the orchestra and jazz studies programs. Prior to teaching in Arizona, he was an Assistant Professor of Music, Coordinator of Instrumental Music, Director of Bands and Director of the Opera Orchestra at Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, LA.

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Meet Paul A. Koch (pronounced, “cook”), the Director of Bands, GCU Wind Ensemble, Thundering Heard Pep Band and Music Education. He resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife Jacque and son Paxton and received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2000 from the University of North Texas. He studied with Dr. Robert Schietroma, Paul Rennick, Leigh Howard Stevens, She-e Wu and many others. Paul was on scholarship with the award-winning UNT drumline and also performed with many percussion and concert band ensembles.

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In June, Rachel Velarde, a professor for the College of Fine Arts at Grand Canyon University, attended the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at New England Conservatory. The workshop was a five-day seminar from June 14 to 19 which gave people an opportunity to attend engaging and thought-provoking presentations on vocal acoustics and psychoacoustics, master classes in its pedagogic application and tutorials in technology for studio and research use. The remaining time at the workshop was left to engage in follow up discussions with others and observe and take lessons with the instructors of each course.

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A dress rehearsal is the final rehearsal of a live show. It is where everything is done as if it was a live performance to make sure everything is perfect for the actual show. This is a very important aspect of the show as a performer and also very beneficial for a fan watching from the seats. You can see the team work, blood, sweat and tears that is put into a show. Check out the benefits from viewing a dress rehearsal down below:

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