Musicians needed for VIOLET pit band



Musicians WANTED!!!


Looking for students, staff or faculty willing and able to play in the pit band for VIOLET, a musical production being produced by the Department of Theatre in November 2015. Rehearsals for the band would begin in early October 2015, and all members must be available on evenings and weekends from November 7-21.
Instruments needed:
2 keyboardists
2 guitarists (acoustic and electric), doubling on banjo & mandolin

For more information or questions, please contact Bill Whitney, Music Director/Conductor, at

Social Media and Marketing Intern – APPLY TODAY


Are you the person we seek? Can you offer assistance with the digital media and marketing projects at Zoellner Arts Center? We have an internship that supports arts@Lehigh, the information agency that promotes what’s happening in the arts on campus and in the local community. Chance of a lifetimeHonestly, this is one of the most fun jobs you’ll ever have. You’d be missing out on a chance of a lifetime if you didn’t apply.

The position is a non-paid, part-time internship and can be credit based with a time commitment of 15 hours per week. It could also be available for work study for 10 hours per week. We even have more than one position available. We’re flexible like that.


Assist in the creation and implementation of marketing strategy and tactics for an assortment of programs and activities in the Zoellner Arts Center, including but not limited to Guest Artist series, Notations, Film Series, Music Department, Department of Theatre, LUArt Galleries, Art Architecture and Design Department, and multiple student clubs and groups. What? You thought the arts weren’t a big deal at Lehigh? Come join the team and learn how amazing they are! If you don’t know how to do these tasks:

  • Perform social media market research – and share your insights.
  • Collect and analyze marketing data to develop and adjust marketing plans – because we know your perspective has more value to add than just ours alone.
  • Assist in the creation of social media activity reports – we like gifs.
  • Maintain good client relations through professionalism in all functions of customer service. Just take cues from us. We’re always professional – even when we answer the phone after taking a bite of a thick peanut butter sandwich.
  • Contribute to arts@Lehigh, blogs (yup, we have a couple), Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube Channel, and Twitter pages. Maybe even a little YikYak. Are you Red Canoe?
  • Perform other duties as requested – We promise you won’t need to get coffee, or hang our coats. We’re not Miranda Priestly, or anything. images-1
  • We may ask you to comment on our wardrobe if we are trying too hard to be nerdy hipster cool.

… we’ll teach you how through practical application. We don’t just read about it – we do it!

Have a clear understanding (or learn quickly) and be able to work in the following digital and marketing channels defined as:

  • Mobile Applications
  • Content Creation/Management
  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Video
  • Special Events
  • Branding


  • College student majoring in marketing, advertising or communications desired, but not required. We’re more interested in your passion. Credentials may get you the job, but determination and grit will help you keep it.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of social media – beyond posting about what you ate for lunch. We are foodies, though.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to multi-task. Meaning, know you have multiple things to do – but not expected to do them all at the same time with both hands while on a bicycle
  • Strong writing and speaking skills
  • Ability to communicate and maintain a professional demeanor – that means deliver what you promised – or let us know early if you misjudged your ability to time travel.
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator skills would rock our world
  • Highly organized and task oriented. Don’t just tell us. Show us.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Imagination
  • Sense of wonder
  • Sensible dot connecting – that means, making smart connections between people, places, and things
  • Willingness to learn explore and appreciate that the finer things in life are not always things you can hold in your hands
  • Desire to be a part of something greater

Please send resumes and cover letter to:

Silagh White

Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs.

@Silagh would work, too. Pick your platform. See if you can find me. Hint: it’s not a bird exactly.

Steeples and Steel tours are back!

If the reader already knows about these tours and wants to skip to ordering tickets, click here.
Reflections from 2014 Tour:

I had the good fortune of experiencing a full days of these tours last year. It was a delight to walk in the holy spaces where the ancestors of Bethlehem’s rich and diverse culture held their European traditions. Some of the churches on the tours were closed in 2009, so it’s with extraordinary effort that the opportunity is available again for a limited time. Half of the churches on the list are within blocks from campus.

Added benefit to the tours of the churches, are the stories shared by retired steelworkers as the bus roams through the former Bethlehem Steel plant. To hear about the working conditions and the multiple generations of families that dedicated their lives to making the steel that built America is to see the heroism and nostalgia of the place now converted into new community assets with the ArtsQuest arts compound and the Sands Casino/Mall.

What other treats of surprise stories were from my fellow travelers. As we shared a cozy bus ride, I heard many childhood memories of growing up in South Bethlehem. Where they once played, swam (Mohler Lab had a swimming pool when it was a synagog!!), and shopped. The original Banko Beverage was in a little shop in South Bethlehem. This is the same Banko that is now one the area’s generous supporters of the arts and community. There’s so many more delights of knowledge, but I don’t want to take the joy of discovery for the reader. You’ll just have to experience it.

Steelworker's Overtime Lunch

Steelworker’s Overtime Lunch

I will dish on lunch; the Steelworker’s Overtime Lunch. Yes, you’ll know what that means – but here’s a picture of what was offered. Can you spy the local tastes of A-Treat soda and Tastykakes in addition to the robust sandwich, hard boiled egg, chips and wedge of cheese? Yummy and filled my up for the second tour (Ok, I saved half of it for dinner!). It was a great day.

The tours start up again this weekend. Few spots left. See you on the bus!

From the Steelworker’s Archive press release:

Guided by the Steelworkers’ Archives, Inc. and the South Bethlehem Historical Society, these mini-bus tours provide historic interpretation of work at the Bethlehem steel mill, the South Side Bethlehem churches, and the connections between steelworkers, their churches, and the South Side’s ethnic, steel working communities.

This is the second year of Steeples and Steel tours. Last year’s tours were very successful. Tourists on last year’s tours commented:

“We three were blown away today by the beauty of the churches and the depth of knowledge we learned about the Steel”,

“We can understand the pride you must all feel in your lovely house of worship. We feel no need to go to Europe to see amazing churches; they are in our own backyard. Thank you.”

“This day provided a rare opportunity to regenerate the Bethlehem cohort of cultures who worked collectively in Bethlehem Steel with a love for faith who built treasured and illuminative churches in Bethlehem.”

The tours are scheduled for Saturdays (see dates below). Tours will leave from St. John’s Windish Church at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The initial one-hour section of the tour, guided by a representative from the South Bethlehem Historical Society, will tour steelworker neighborhoods and churches on Bethlehem’s South Side. One church will be entered each tour, with a church member guide. This will be followed by a one-hour steelworker-guided tour of the Bethlehem Steel site. A “steelworker’s overtime” bag lunch will be provided to tour participants for take-out or to eat at St. John’s Windish Kaiser Auditorium.

June 27
9:30 – Incarnation of Our Lord Parish (formerly Sts. Cyril & Methodius Roman Catholic Church)
1:00 – Packer Chapel

July 25
9:30 – Holy Ghost Roman Catholic Church
1:00 – St. John African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

August 22
9:30–Concordia Lutheran Church
1:00—St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

September 26
9:30 –Fritz Memorial United Methodist Church
1:00 – Cathedral Church of the Nativity

October 31
9:30 – St. Michael’s Cemetery <- this is a special link to a short film created by Lehigh faculty Michael Kramp and Stephanie Powell Watts. See description below.

A photo montage of St. Michael’s Cemetery in South Bethlehem shows the current state of disarray and still the the abiding dignity of the space. The cemetary, started in 1867 on land donated by Asa Packer, belongs to the Holy Infancy parish. Overgrown with broken and shifted grave markers, it was made famous by a 1935 photograph by Walker Evans, “Graveyard and Steel Mill.” The film recreates a visual metaphor of the Evan’s photo by scanning over the life of the South Side (where people live), work (the now defunct Bethlehem Steel) and death in the cemetery. Made in part with support from the Southside Film Institute, PBS 39 and Lehigh University.

1:00—Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church <- link to historical reference page created by the South Bethlehem Historical Society.

Tours will leave from St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth Street at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 pm.
A free, public OPEN HOUSE held at St. John’s Windish Church from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will include table displays of historical materials and artifacts from local community agencies and churches. A free tour of St. John’s Windish Church will be held at 12:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
Ticket prices for the mini-bus tours are $15 per person.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be ordered through: or at 610-861-0600. All ticket sales are final. Special thanks to Northampton County’s Department of Community and Economic Development and Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative for their generous support.

Top arts@Lehigh stories of 2014

blog image 2014 year in review
An email I received Monday inspired this post. I was asked to share the top three arts stories at Lehigh University.
Instead of picking the top three arts@Lehigh stories of 2014, I picked the top three stories in categories that represent how I think about the arts when I look around campus: guest artists, arts news, student production, faculty research, and campus arts integration.
Guest Artists – top three:
3. Smokey Robinson at the 2014 Zoellner Arts Center Gala. Mr. Robinson was generous, and in great voice.
2. Nas and Angela Davis for the MLK keynote. Yeah, that was kinda huge, even if Nas wasn’t a “Zoellner” guest artists in the sense that he wasn’t performing. Thanks to Dr. James Peterson for bringing him to Lehigh. There’s nothing like celebrity status to start social justice discussions.
1. Darlene Love – Zoellner’s Artistic Director Deborah Sacarakis really nailed the timing of Darlene Love’s show in Bethlehem the day after her final Late Night with David Letterman performance.
Top three News Stories:
3. Zoellner Administrative Director Andy Cassano led the PA Presenters conference in May 2014. We are fortunate to have a visionary leader not only for our campus arts center, but for Pennsylvania.
2. Deborah Sacarakis was honored by the Lehigh Valley Dance Consortium with the Distinguished Service Award. (April 6, 2014)
1. Andy Cassano responds to Bethlehem City Council/Mayor proposal to raise the Amusement Tax in an op-ed piece to the Morning Call.
Student Production
3. Mustard & Cheese Reefer Madness. The writer, Dan Studney came to the show on Dec 6th !
2. Marching 97 at Yankee Stadium
1. Lisa Glover – Kit Rex
Faculty Research (items picked with performance dates in mind)
3. Erica Hoelsher – Costumes and mask design for the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s production of Eugéne Ionesco’s Rhinoceros
2. Bill Warfield’s CD Release Party at Iridium
1. Steven Sametz with LU Choral Arts at Carnegie Hall
Campus Arts Integration
3. Increasing community school outreach. McKinley Elementary School second graders tour the campus after lunch in Rathbone Dining Hall and seeing Lightwire Theater at Zoellner. That campus engagement led to a week long residency in July with local artist, Doug Royston. In October, the entire Broughal Middle School saw Cirque Alfonse. The PBS39 covered that story here:
Both of these opportunities were the results of campus support; financial support from College of Education and College of Arts & Sciences, staff volunteer campus tour guides, and generous expertise from local artist, Doug Royston and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
2. TIE Mercy Killers & Shostakovich 7th. Mercy Killers is a heart wrenching look at the consequences of America’s health care system. The one-man play was written and performed by Michael Milligan. Experts from Lehigh faculty and administration were on hand to provide reflection and discussion after each show. Story by student Madison Gouveia in Lehigh’s Brown and White. The Lehigh University Philharmonic took an extensive semester long study of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 which was written during the 1943-1944 siege of Leningrad. Books, films and a presentation by Lehigh University Russian language and literature professor Mary Nicholas gave the musicians a deeper understanding of the piece and its relevance to current Russian culture and politics.
1. Hammerschlag Design series. Envisioned by two faculty, Anthony Viscardi and Nick Nikolov, these experience fully embraced the creative potential of the Mountaintop Learning Environment.

Links to Darlene Love

Building excitement around a living legend is on one hand exciting, but on the other, intimidating! There’s so much about Darlene Love’s upcoming concert to get excited about. For our readers, here is a compilation of links to Darlene Love’s impressive work and some other interesting things collected along the way:

A list of 15 videos of Darlene Love:

Darlene Love’s first performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman, 1986

Nice 3:29 video recap of her earlier work:

Articles worth reading:

Darlene Love is mentioned in this Huffington Post article, “The Unsung Hero of Sixties Music

David Letterman Says Goodbye to a Nearly 30-Year-Old Holiday Tradition

Darlene Love on Oscars, Letterman farewell, Springsteen-annointed Album

BvmBRvlIIAA-B6f-1Rolling Stone article on Darlene Love’s new album produced by Stevie Van Sandt

John Moser of The Morning Call interview and article

Dustin Schoof of The Express Times article Singer Darlene Love says fans will be ‘shocked’ by new solo album


Connecting the Dots – Teaching Resources:

From the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Online Curriculum – “How the Other Half Lives: The Best of Girl Group Rock” by  Greil Marcus. (Now that’s an author worth reading more.)

Carmina Amoris (Songs of Love)


Photo by Iris Gross Derke

Celebrating 145 years of singing, the Lehigh Choral Arts fall concert features director Steven Sametz’s choral symphony Carmina Amoris; a dynamic masterwork that sets a collection of medieval poems and love letters to music for orchestra, chorus, tenor and soprano soloists. The concert features sopranos Carmen Pelton and Tami Petty, and Grammy-winning tenor William Burden.

If you have not yet heard one of Sametz’ compositions, you may be delighted to experience music that is at one time tender, and another time tumultuous. The signers are put through the wringer in articulation. Often times their syllables turn percussive; somewhat more a sound scape than language. One need look to the text to see how Sametz adapts melody to deliver the delicate nuances of love. But just as you’ve been soothed, the realities of being in love come crashing in with frenetic understanding of the frustrations of relationships. What compels Sametz to write on love with such vigorous complexity?

Sametz’ program note explains, “When I first began to look at medieval Latin texts for Carmina amoris, the epigrams, marginalia, and love letters I found by clerics and nuns from the fourth to the thirteenth centuries were a revelation. The beauty and freshness of the language spoke across the centuries.  In matters of love (longing, desire, lamenting, sleepless wondering, making up and quarreling), it appears not much has changed from the so-called “dark ages” to our own well-illumined era.”

Writing about Sametz’ work in the Choral Journal, Douglas Boyer states, “Reflecting the growing debate on gay civil liberties, [this work] speaks to the struggle that has been inherent for the gay population for centuries.”

To attend any of the performance of this work, whether this weekend or next week in New York, one may walk away with a renewed sense of purpose.

The Choral Arts performs Carmina Amoris and I Have Had Singing in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center on Friday, November 14th and Saturday November 15th – both at 8pm, or next week at the historic performance in Carnegie Hall on Friday, November 21 at 7pm in honor of Lehigh’s 150th anniversary. To understand the significance of the Carnegie Hall performance, the Lehigh University Communications Office prepared this video:

For deeper look into Sametz’ composition, please visit his website through which he shares the original Latin texts, English translations, and even sound clips of the work. But don’t let this complete online access to his work replace the moment of sharing the life of the work in live performance. To be surrounded by the natural acoustics of the human voice to ear; presented by musicians of the highest caliber in a concert hall built for exactly this connection, is to experience the best quality of sound and spirit.

We’re number …. what now?

reviewlogoThe Princeton Review has just released the annual list of  “[insert whatever of 58 topics here] college lists. Here are some of the topics where Lehigh ranked in the top 20.

  • Best College Library – Lehigh made # 20
  • Best Science Lab Facilities – Lehigh made # 14
  • Top Party Schools – Lehigh made # 6
  • Little Race/Class Interaction – Lehigh made #10
  • Town-Gown Relations Strained – Lehigh made #3. At least Duke beat us on this one.

For those interested, here is a link to their Lehigh University profile.

The criteria for the rankings:

Based on surveys of 130,000 students (average 343 per campus) at the colleges in the book in 2013-14 and/or the previous two school years. The survey asks students 80 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology uses a five-point Likert scale (1-most disagree, 2-disagree, 3-neutral, 4-agree, 5-most agree)  to convert qualitative student assessments (a.k.a, student’s opinions) into quantitative (a.k.a, numbers that offer ranking scale) data for school-to-school comparisons.

No school has ever paid a fee to be profiled in the Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review list is very different from the US World News & Report rankings in which this year, Lehigh was tied with FIVE others schools at #41. According to their website: “The host of intangibles that make up the college experience can’t be measured by a series of data points. But for families concerned with finding the best academic value for their money, the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings provide an excellent starting point for the search.”

Their criteria is a bit more robust: Schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research. Topics such as faculty resources (student/ faculty ratio, # of PhDs), student retention, tuition, graduation rate, financial resources, and alumni giving rate are measured. But the topic that gets the most significant weight is the undergraduate academic reputation: opinions of those in a position to judge a school’s undergraduate academic excellence. The academic peer assessment survey allows top academics – presidents, provosts and deans of admissions – to account for intangibles at peer institutions such as faculty dedication to teaching.

While no one has ever paid to boost school rankings directly, there is a significant amount of resources (time, energy and money) allocated to make sure our reputation reflects our adherence to the educational mission of the school:

“To advance learning through the integration of teaching, research, and service to others.”

(read the full mission statement here)

The Princeton Review (to some) may have about the same credibility as a Buzzfeed Survey. To potential future students or parents of future students, these rankings can be a significant influencer on their school choice or their expectations of their experience before they even get here.

Why do I (an arts administrator at Lehigh) check the Princeton Review lists? Because it’s good to know what might be informing student expectations about their campus experience on all levels of life and learning. Institutional awareness means listening to student opinions as well as finding other research studies that inform our continuous improvement. Yes, there’s always room for improvement.

Why write a blog post about it? Because some of our non-campus readers may hear us talking about this topic in whispered tones over coffee or lunch in the community? Or maybe it’s because it’s a national news item every time the rankings are updated. Some may wonder if it is validation, or a distraction. Either way on this topic, we bob our heads up once a year to size up ourselves against our aspirational and peer institutions. Then we go back to work in service to the students who choose to come to Lehigh.

Now… what can we do to improve our score on strained Town-Gown relations?

YouTube about to change drastically – things you should know

Independent career networking and promotion in the arts via YouTube is going to be changing drastically. Soon. Announced just days ago,

youtube-logo2“YouTube is preparing to radically change the site, adding a subscription service that is intended to help them compete in the streaming music industry. The Google-owned video site has already signed new licensing deals with all of the major labels, but many independents are refusing to take part.” (read more in the Forbes article by Hugh Macintire) and the subsequent post by Ellen Huet (keep sculling under the first article) in which she describes more directly what is happening:

“YouTube is launching a paid subscription streaming music service to compete with Spotify and Pandora later this summer. It will be integrated with the free, ad-supported YouTube users are used to, but with added features available to paying subscribers.”

As an arts administrator, I use YouTube daily for research and for audience development. I’m not exactly sure how this change will impact the tools for the trade. I use YouTube videos to help people get a sense for artists they’ve never heard of; musicians, dancers, spoken word, speeches. I link to videos frequently for relevant content on social media sites. Curating art content would be a huge hit if the independent artists I support are going to have new limits on how we get to know them in a virtual world. I’m wondering what local musicians are thinking.

Before any conversation though, I’m now looking up artists like Dina Hall, Not for Coltrane, Dave Fry (this is not his channel, but a really cool TEDx Talk he gave worth a listen)*, Philadelphia Funk Authority *, Jon Fadem, Large Flowerheads, Dave Doll (And his band Beautiful Distortion), Alisa B Anderson, …

Paul Salerni, Bill Warfield, Steven Sametz, Eugene Albulescu, Michael Jorgensen, and the list can go on to include all the performance faculty, composition students current and alumni…. or even precious videos of Lehigh University’s ensembles.

After that brief research exercise, I found some names listed above have their own channels, others were tagged so that I could easily find videos in which they appear. By golly, if the capacity to gather these sounds in order for their artistry to speak for itself is limited – we’re all going to have to rethink how we touch the music. How will this change our habits, our constant need to have everything available through the keystrokes of our devices? Might we actually see more live music and … PAY FOR IT?!?!?

Some reflection in view of my vinyl record collection is required. Maybe I’ll up my biannual contribution to public radio. Thoughts are running by so furiously – I’m not sure where to end this post. Maybe I’ll just stop typing and turn on some music I actually paid for.

[any and all thoughts and conversation welcome here or in person if you see me at the next Farmer’s Market in Campus Square, before a show at Godfrey Daniels, hanging around the Sun Inn Court Yard, the City Hall Sculpture Garden, Levitt Pavillion at Steelstacks or in the Zoellner lobby] Trust me – this issue is just as compelling as Net Neutrality.

Maybe John Oliver will do an episode on this, too.

* internet searching always gives me a few distractions that lead down unexpected rabbit holes. But they also trigger other ideas and connections. Like, the TEDxTalk I’m dreaming about – and the fact that the Philly Funk Authority is playing in the Sculpture Garden 6-8pm on Friday.

A profound sadness amidst the celebration of music.


Want to know about a Bethlehem music champion that left us too soon?

Originally posted on Godfrey Daniels!:

by Dave Fry

How does one define Space? It has no boundaries, to begin with.


We lost our immediate personification of Space when we lost our own Mike Space this week, who passed in his sleep in his new home in the Caribbean.  He was recreating another chapter in his active and creative life with his soul mate Judi Space, off on the island paradise of Vieques.



When Mike and Judi moved up to the Lehigh Valley from Philly, he brought with him his love of folk music, art, good food and general large living, along with his hands-on skills as a mechanic. And it was his love of getting under the hood that made him invaluable as he began his career as a folk-music promoter, sound man, and radio DJ.

Personally, he was the right man for the big job of Artistic Director at Godfrey’s when he…

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