The Lion's Roar

Artistic merit pays for an education

In music, students must audition to enter the department. This audition also counts as the students’ scholarship application.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

May 7, 2019

Students can find a variety of scholarships based on artistic and academic excellence to offset the costs of pursuing an education in the arts. “The arts, and music in particular, can be a very competitive field in terms of collegiate recruiting,” said Jeffrey Wright, head of the Department of Music...

Judging others based on musical preferences

Victoria Wade, a freshman biological sciences major, left, Abigail Street, a junior English major, middle, and Karin Perry, a freshman criminal justice major, right, listen to music through earphones. All three appreciate gospel music.

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

Some people are judged based on their musical preferences, which sometimes give rise to negative or humiliating opinions, a phenomenon known as “music shaming.” Judging a person’s socioeconomic status or intelligence by their musical choices can lead to unpleasant experiences. Dr. Philip Schuessle...

Embodying a character in an operetta

The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop put on the production “Ruddigore” in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The comical operetta required the dedication of the entire cast.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

February 25, 2019

The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop presented the comical operetta “Ruddigore," which required commitment and support from the cast. This performance took place on Feb. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. According to Jeffrey Wright, department head of music and performing...

Ralph R. Pottle and his building

The Pottle Music Building is named after Ralph R. Pottle Sr. who first developed the university’s music program. The university was then still known as Southeastern Louisiana College.

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2018

Seen as a brick structure bordering Friendship Circle, the Ralph R. Pottle Music Building carries the history of the man who developed the university’s music program.  Ralph R. Pottle Sr. founded the music department in 1934 when the university was known as Southeastern Louisiana College.  Af...

More than singing and dancing

Dr. Alissa Rowe, associate professor of voice, teaches choir to students. The Department of Music and Performing Arts offers opportunities for both music and non-music majors to perform.

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2018

The Department of Music and Performing Arts boasts notable alumni like Bill Evans, a jazz pianist and a composer, and many others who hold positions in Symphony orchestra and respectable teaching positions. Jeffrey Wright, the department head, explained that both music and dance programs are included...

Getting to know the faculty: Jeffrey Wright

Dr. Jeffrey Wright, department head of music and performing arts, poses with his classical bass. Wright started playing the instrument in sixth grade as the only one in his class tall enough to play it.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

September 13, 2018

Though new to the university, Dr. Jeffrey Wright, department head of music and performing arts, carries with him a passion for music and a plan for the department. Wright joined the faculty in July. He previously served as the department head at Indiana University South Bend. Having lived in Michigan,...