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Category: College of Fine Arts and Production
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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Do you see the variety of color, graphics, typography and images on packages in the grocery store? Do you get intrigued at the thoughts behind the Superbowl advertising commercials? Do you have a wardrobe of t-shirts with cool graphics on them? Are you always creative? If so, Graphic Design and Advertising may be the right degree for you.

Check out all you need to know about getting a Bachelor’s in Advertising and Graphic Design below!

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Meet Steve Fitch! He is a composer, author, percussionist, timpanist, educator and drummer and is known for the breadth of his abilities. In his youth, he marched in Drum Corps International (DCI) finals and placed sixth in the DCI snare drum individuals’ competition. Getting off the drum corps bus at Oberlin, Ohio, Steve earned his Bachelor’s of Music in percussion performance studying with Michael Rosen at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music. There he was the first percussionist ever to win the Oberlin Senior Concerto Competition.

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Meet Scott Zimmer! As a saxophonist and woodwind player, he has performed and recorded in a variety of musical styles ranging from commercial to jazz to classical. Dr. Zimmer maintains a busy performance schedule with a variety of Phoenix, Arizona-based groups such as Jiggle, The Hamptons Band, The Santan Swing Band and The Cal Tjader Project, along with guest performances with The Noodles, The Great Gig in the Sky and various other musical projects.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Do you enjoy the storytelling process of writing and yearn to write the next big TV show or movie? Do you more than just watch TV? Do you analyze the lines and movements of the actors? If so, Screenwriting may be your path. Screenwriting can be a fun and entertaining job if you have the love for it. Check out these skills every screenwriter should have by the time they write their first screenplay:

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Meet Tim Haas! He has been the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Grand Canyon University since 2012. At Grand Canton University, he runs the GCU Clarinet Studio, coordinates recruiting events and plays Principal Clarinet in the Canyon Symphony Orchestra. Tim has been a featured soloist with the GCU Wind Ensemble and the GCU Thunder Big Band on several occasions and has performed on several GCU Faculty Recitals. He has also taught courses in chamber music and music education.

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It is no secret that Grand Canyon University’s Fine Arts and Production College is talented and offers high-quality learning for its students. One can view the diverse skills at a showcase or production on campus. Did you know, however, about Alpha Psi Omega?

What is Alpha Psi Omega?

Alpha Psi Omega originated in the early twentieth century when interest in the dramatic arts grew on college campuses across the country. In 1921, at Fairmount State College in Fairmont, West Virginia, a college was started and they hired a faculty director in 1923 before forming the Masquers.

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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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