Monday, October 17, 2011
Masterful MentorsThe College of Fine Arts recently hosted two special guests, world-renowned concert pianist Byron Janis (pictured at right) and Academy Award winner composer Stephen Schwartz (A '68) (pictured below). Janis, who has continued to perform despite arthritis in both hands and wrists, presented at the School of Music Convocation and hosted a screening of his documentary, "The Byron Janis Story." He also gave a master class in Kresge Theatre, where he instructed several students, including Luis Hernandez, pictured at right.
Schwartz gave a master class for junior and senior musical theatre students while in town to see a performance of "Wicked," for which he wrote the music and lyrics. The three-time Oscar winner said directors and casting agents are always impressed with graduates of the School of Drama.