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Spring into Dance (and music and art, too)

As the year draws to a close, CMU artists are showcasing some of their best work.

Dance program presents Spring into Dance
On April 25 and 26, the dance program presents its annual spring concert, Spring into Dance, in Robinson Theatre. The show features a variety of dance styles, ranging from modern and jazz to tap and contemporary.

Choreographers include faculty Melonie Buchanan Murray, Megan Glynn, Abbi Phillips, Ann Sanders and Connie Monroe. Student choreographers are Jessica Vandermeer, AJ Labrum and Allison Duncan. This semester’s guest choreographer is Jerome Alexander, a Los Angeles-based dancer who has performed in music videos and live shows for Beyonce, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and others. For the first time, the concert will feature a piece danced and choreographed by CMU alumni.

Purchase tickets for Spring into Dance at the Moss Performing Arts Center (MPAC) box office or online at

Choir director hangs up baton
On April 29, CMU’s Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir will present a concert in the MPAC Recital Hall. Carol Ann Niles, who founded Women’s Choir 25 years ago and served continuously as its conductor, is stepping down after the performance. Following the concert, a public reception will be held in her honor.

Niles has taught at CMU since 1979 and performs frequently with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Western Colorado Chorale. She has performed with Denver’s Classic Chorale and symphony orchestra, has sung lead roles in both oratorio and opera and was a faculty member for a summer music program at Italy’s University of Urbino for four years. Niles will continue to teach voice at CMU.

BFA seniors exhibit work
TETRAD, an exhibit by Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors, is being displayed through May 11 at 501 Colorado Ave., an industrial building in Grand Junction. The pieces by Brevin Currier, Salina Kirk, Kirk Shiflett and Meril Wallace encompass a variety of mediums.

The artists coordinated the exhibit as part of their Senior Seminar and Portfolio course. Assistant Professor Heather Patterson McCulloch guided them through locating a space, finding sponsors, budgeting and installing the exhibit. Gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 12pm–6pm; admission is free.

Their work is also on display at the Mesa County Library’s Central Branch. Interviews with the artists are available at •

By Laura Bradley

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