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Graceland University Choirs to Perform World Premier of Composer in Residence Composition

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Graceland vocal department will feature the world premiere of a commissioned song, “You Guided Me,” by composer Michael John Trotta. The work sets to music the words of poet Rabindranath Tagore. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, in the Shaw Family Auditorium in Shaw Center on the Graceland University Lamoni campus.

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Juried Student Art Exhibition Winners Announced

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Graceland juried exhibition consists of artwork submitted by students in designated categories. It is judged by an individual or panel, according to certain measures. Graceland students entered nearly 150 works in one of three categories: two dimensional art, sculpture and graphic design.

Sara Blessing Faculty Recital Sunday, April 3

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Graceland University’s director of choral music, Sara Blessing, will present a free recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, in Carol Hall in Shaw Center on the Lamoni campus. The demanding Sunday repertoire will include pieces in six languages: English, French, Italian, German, Czechoslovakian and Hebrew.

Canadian Ceramic Artist Victor Cicansky at Graceland March 28 through April 2

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Graceland University artist in residence program, sponsored by JR Shaw, for whom Shaw Center is named, is proud to announce that Victor Cicansky will be on campus from March 28 through April 2. Cicansky is a Canadian ceramic artist whose work “Ode to Pickling” was given to the Graceland Fine Art Collection by JR Shaw in 2012.

Graceland Orchestra Performs March 24

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Jack Ergo leads the Graceland Orchestra in a solid program of classic works — with some twists. The free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Carol Hall in Shaw Center on the Graceland Lamoni campus.

Graceland University Hosts Vocal Recital, Vocal Day

Monday, February 15, 2016

Graceland Vocal Day draws two very talented singers to campus, baritone Keith Harris and Lamoni native Leah McIntire-Barnett. Harris will present a vocal recital in Shaw Center at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Feb. 22. The recital is free and open to the public.

Graceland University Theatre Production Focuses on Information

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Graceland University Theatre Department is presenting “Love and Information,” a hilarious but thought-provoking exploration of when either knowing too much or not enough is better. Written by Caryl Churchill, the Graceland production is directed by Tracy Salter.

Graceland Symphonic Band Salutes "Allied Forces" in February 22 Concert

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Graceland Symphonic Band will perform a concert entitled “Allied Forces” Monday evening, Feb. 22, at 7:30 in Shaw Center on the Graceland Lamoni campus. The Symphony Band includes 31 students this semester from across the continental United States and Puerto Rico. The concert is free and open to the public.

Brass Day to Feature Recital February 12 at Graceland University

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Graceland Music Department will host Brass Day for area band students on Friday, Feb. 12. Funded by the AmeriCorps Youth Launch program, the opportunity will bring high school brass players to the Shaw Center on the Graceland campus to hear and work with professional musicians and interact with Graceland students and faculty. The day also includes a recital in Shaw Center’s Carol Hall by the visiting brass artists at 1 p.m. The recital is free and open to the public.

Graceland Introduces the "At the Shaw" Calendar for Fine Arts

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Graceland University Division of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) is developing a new design for its concerts, recitals, plays and exhibits schedule, according to Division Chair Adam Groh. “The spectacular new additions to Shaw Center have made us rethink our performance schedule,” Groh reports. To take advantage of the new opportunities the facility expansion provides, the VPA division will be promoting all of its public events in a new “At the Shaw” calendar.

Graceland University Welcomes So Percussion

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Drums, cymbals, tin cans, xylophones and other things that go bump in the night are coming to Graceland. So Percussion will perform in the Shaw Family Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Nov. 4. There are no advance ticket sales or reserved seats. The box office opens at 6:45 p.m.

Graceland University Marionette Boot Camp Announced for August

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“My hopes are that we afford students the potential for making new friends, learning how to collaborate on projects, and employ a lot of creativeness, all with a hands-on approach,” says Lee Maples, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Scene Designer at Graceland University.

Marissa Roberts '13, A Follow Up

Friday, April 24, 2015

We followed up with Marissa and learned she's been experiencing success in her new career as a paid actress, and still credits Graceland for sparking the fire that began her journey.

Braden Austin '16

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Braden shares, “I never really liked school until I started attending Graceland. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking Macro and Micro Economics, even though my major is theatre and I am going to see if I can minor in business or economics before I graduate. I couldn't be happier. I love it here … Graceland saved my life.”

Christa Hill '15

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“The professors are really nice and you can tell that they care about you and want to have a personal relationship with you, but they also want to challenge you.”

Tabitha Gonzalez '14

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Graceland has given me the confidence to follow my dreams and continues to make a difference in my life.”

Marissa Roberts, '13

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Marissa Roberts is a triple threat: She can sing, she can dance, and she can act. She was a star in Lamoni as a Vocal Performance major, and now, only five months after graduating from Graceland, she’s landed work as a paid extra in Los Angeles.

Sofia Jaramillo, '14

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mexico City native Sofia Jaramillo’s college of choice had to have two things: a great tennis team and the opportunity to major in Visual Communication.

Justin Pontier, '15

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Justin Pontier remembers being on the Graceland campus as a nine-year-old who had already caught the acting bug.