On Thursday, March 14, the Department of Music, Theatre and Film held a special concert in honor of Dean William Madges, who is stepping down from his position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the close of this academic year. Faculty, staff and students in the Music, Theatre, and Film Department organized this concert to show their deep appreciation for Dean Madges and to thank him for his extraordinary service and outstanding accomplishments.
The concert began with opening remarks by Dr. Suzanne Sorkin, Chair of the Department, who stated, “We think it is fitting and meaningful to offer a concert in honor of Dean Madges, since he has worked so diligently to promote and champion the arts at Saint Joseph’s University. We recognize how fortunate we have been to have a Dean who values both student and faculty creative work and scholarship, and who demonstrates a profound and unwavering commitment to our Jesuit tradition of a liberal arts education in the spirit of cura personalis – care of the whole person.”
Provost Brice Wachterhauser outlined the numerous accomplishments Dean Madges has made over the years, and concluded by declaring, “His concern for the welfare of his colleagues, his generous spirit, his sense of diplomacy, and his diligence have marked his years of service. A very articulate scholar, Bill has been a gracious colleague and one we will miss very much indeed. Thank you, Bill, for your professionalism, leadership and companionship over the last seven years.”
Students who are involved in the Department of Music, Theatre and Film performed a variety of pieces. William Foley ’13 played a collection of guitar etudes composed by Leo Brouwer. Erin Gartland ’16 performed the first movement of a dramatic violin sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. Three student pianists, Anna Ryan ’14, Augustine Asta ’15, and Martin Iwanicki ’14 performed classical works by Claude Debussy, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Mikhail Glinka/Mily Balkirev, respectively. Soprano Maria Galassi ’15 sang pieces by Franz Schubert and Claude Debussy, and Brian Rodrigues ’16 performed “Some Enchanted Evening” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Patrick Bishop ’13 and Kelly Slota ’12 performed the duet “Tonight” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The entire cast of Rent concluded the concert with a stirring rendition of “Seasons of Love”. After the concert, a lively reception was held featuring the Jazz Trio comprised of music majors Gregory Angiolillo ’15, Christopher Manley ’16, and Bernardo De Leon ’16. During the reception, faculty, staff, students, and parents had the opportunity to express their gratitude to Dr. Madges.
Thank you, Dean Madges for your leadership, service, and dedication to the College of Arts and Sciences over the last seven years!
—- Claudia Gallagher ’16 and Suzanne Sorkin