Tsukasa Taiko Drums Performance, Feb. 17

Tsukasa Taiko
Sunday, February 17
4:00 pm
Kresge Recital Hall

Taiko drumming is a Japanese tradition characterized by highly precise, driving, interlocking rhythms that range dynamically from barely audible to explosive. The repertoire is pre-composed, involving elaborate choreography and traditional costumes. Performances are highly energetic and place heavy physical demands on the performer. Taiko drums come in sizes ranging from twelve inches to six feet. The tradition has ancient roots, but has evolved into a modern form with both amateur and professional manifestations. In Japan, taiko groups range from neighborhood “clubs” (like community bands in the US) to Kodo, the most famous professional ensemble, whose members live communally on Sado Island, practicing for many hours a day and apprenticing for years before they ever perform. In the US, taiko groups are common on the west coast, where they are often connected with Asian American heritage associations.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Japan Club, the Center for Intercultural Life, the Stellyes Center for Global Studies, the Cultural Events Committee, and the Greig-Post Adventures in the Arts Fund.

Nova Singers Winter Concert, Feb. 16

Nova Singers Winter Concert
Saturday, February 16
7:30 PM
First Lutheran Church, Galesburg

Founded in 1986 by Dr. Laura Lane, Nova Singers is a 20-voice ensemble with a nation-wide reputation for expressiveness, virtuosity and innovative programming. Nova Singers has performed at state, regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, has produced six professional recordings and has received numerous grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Nova Singers has commissioned and premiered eleven new works from composers such as Thea Musgrave, William Hawley and Ruth Watson Henderson. The ensemble produces an eight-concert subscription series in two locations: four in Galesburg and four in the Quad Cities.

See the Nova Singers perform their Winter Concert at the First Lutheran Church, 364 E. Water St., Galesburg.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships Information

A limited number of Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships will be awarded by the Dean of the College for the 2013-14 academic year. Anyone with a B.A. can apply to be a post-bac student and pay a special tuition rate; however, the Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program is open to newly graduated Knox students and supports up to 3 additional terms of participation in the academic life of the campus beyond the receipt of the B.A. The Fellowship consists of a tuition waiver for up to 2 credits per term, at the discretion of the Dean of the College, for a maximum of 3 terms.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships support an active and intentional plan of study and service. The program does not support students who are uncertain about their futures and wish to remain in a “holding pattern.” Instead, Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships recognize special opportunities that would be provided by 1 to 3 terms of additional participation in the life of the College. The program recognizes outstanding students who propose (a) a service project which contributes to the improvement of Knox’s educational programs, and (b) a plan for enrollment in a set of courses which will enrich the applicant’s undergraduate education. A Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship does not provide support for room and board.

Applications for Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships for 2013-14 must include (1) a proposal for a project which contributes to the quality of an academic program or the larger educational mission of the College; (2) a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member or administrator endorsing the project; (3) a description of an academic agenda to enroll in specific courses during the tenure of the fellowship; and (4) a transcript of academic work completed.

Forms and guidelines are available from the Office of the Dean of the College, or you may request an application by contacting Nancy Fennig at 309/341-7217 or nfennig@knox.edu.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 5, 2013, to the Dean of the College Office. Students interested in a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship for any part of 2013-14 must apply by April 5, 2013. [Applications will not be accepted during 2013-14 for a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship during that year.]