Faculty and staff take musical talents Bromeley

Fiddlers, piano ticklers, floutists, guitarists and more

Staff playing guitar

From a violin-playing economist to a guitar-shredding member of the tech support staff, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford employees will showcase their musical talents in a faculty-staff recital Thursday.

The 11:45 a.m. event will take place in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall. The public is welcome to this free event. Face coverings are required inside all university buildings.

“I have wanted to present a faculty-staff recital for a long time to showcase the additional talents of our colleagues,” said Patricia Colosimo, director of arts programming. “Many of us received the gift of music at a very young age, providing us joy throughout our entire lives even if we have careers outside of the arts.”

Previous arts events have featured Pitt-Bradford employees’ artwork, craftsmanship and writing. 

Those scheduled to perform include Colosimo and Diane Null, data coordinator, who will perform a jig on flutes; Dr. Max Jensen, visiting assistant professor of Spanish and comparative literature, who will play Prelude in C by J.S. Bach on the piano; Drs. Shailendra Gajanan, professor of economics, and Denise Piechnik, associate professor of biology, who will play “Auld Lang Syne” on the violin; Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan, associate professor of political science, who will play Prelude No. 2 in C minor by George Gershwin on piano;

Alan Hancock, technical analyst II, who will play “Peace of Mind,” an original composition by himself and Tyler Calkins, on the guitar; Regina Gabriel, instructor of music, who will play Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire” on the piano; Dr. David Merwine, associate professor of biology, will sing “This is the Moment” from the musical “Jekyll and Hyde”; and Dr. Drew Flanagan, visiting assistant professor of history, will play an original folksong on guitar.