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Two new conductors join SCU's music faculty

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Nov. 12, 2001-Santa Clara University's Center of Performing Arts welcomes two new ensemble directors to the University's Department of Music, Emily Ray and Thomas Colohan.

Ray joined SCU's music faculty this quarter as the new orchestra conductor. This week, she will make her University debut at the Fall Orchestra performance on Nov. 14.

Colohan is the University's new director of choral activities. The Festival of Lights at SCU on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 marks his first collaborative concert with Ray.

Ray began her musical studies at the age of seven with piano lessons, and later studied the violin. Ray received a master of arts degree in music history and literature from California State University at Hayward after graduating with honors from the University of California, Berkeley.

She studied conducting with Michael Senturia at UC Berkeley and with Denis deCoteau, past music director of the San Francisco Ballet, and made her conducting debut with the University Symphony in 1975 in Hayward. While serving as assistant conductor with the Hayward Area Symphony, she formed and conducted the Lo Sospiro Ensemble. Later she held various conducting positions with youth, community, and college instrumental and vocal ensembles, and served as music director of the Nova Vista Symphony for 15 years.

Throughout her career, she has promoted and premiered the works of several San Francisco Bay Area composers. She also currently teaches music courses at Foothill College in Los Altos and Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale.

Before coming to SCU, Colohan served for six years as founder and artistic director of the James River Singers, a 24-voice classical chamber chorus in Richmond, Virginia. For two years, he was the assistant conductor of the Master Chorale of Washington. He holds a master of music degree in choral music from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Colohan has taught choral music in the Virginia public schools, and is active as a choral adjudicator on the east and west coasts. His teachers have included renowned choral musicians: Robert Shaw, Helmut Rilling, Donald McCullough, William Dehning, Donald Neuen, and Daniel Moe.

"We are thrilled to have these two skilled and accomplished conductors join our faculty," said Hans Boepple, professor and chair of SCU's Music Department. "Their level of talent and knowledge represents the quality that the Center of Performing Arts strives for in its offering to students and the campus community."

The Fall Concert is a blend of musical repertory featuring Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dance, Suite 1," Tschaikowsky's "Fatum," Haydn's Symphony no. 104 "London," and Nancy Bloomer Deussen's "Reflections on the Hudson." The concert will take place at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The Festival of Lights brings the University Concert Choir and Orchestra together to proclaim the holiday season for a third year. Both concerts will be held in Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the SCU campus.

For performance and ticket information, contact the Center of Performing Arts Box Office at 408-554-4429.

About the Center of Performing Arts

The Center of Performing Arts at Santa Clara University, formed in January 1996, includes the University's Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Music. The purpose of the center is to allow artistic exchange between the artists in each of these fields of study. Graduates include Emmy award winners, Broadway directors and performers, designers, and administrators. SCU students have gone on to graduate programs at some of the country's leading schools such as the Curtis Institute, Eastman, Cleveland Institute, Indiana, USC, UCLA, and the American Conservatory Theatre.

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About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, located in Northern California's Silicon Valley, is a Jesuit university with 7,350 students. It was recognized in 2001 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities for its undergraduate programs, and is known nationally for the quality of its graduate and professional schools.

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