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End of Semester VPA Events! See you there.

The Students of VPA 302 – The Process Of Multidisciplinary Art Present:

Process of Art
Exhibit in the Arts Gallery
November 26 through December 3, 2012
Screening time-based works in Arts 111 November 30 will begin at 7:00pm
Reception: Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments November 30, 6:00-7:00pm

The Visual & Performing Arts Department's
Theater and Dance Programs Present:
The 2012 CSUSM New Play Festival
(a festival of 17 original solo performances)
New Play Festival
Where:  Cal State University San Marcos - Arts 101
When: Thursday, November 29th 7:30 pm (program 1)
Friday, November 30th 7:30 pm (program 2)
Saturday, December 1st 7:30 pm (program 1)
Sunday, December 2nd 2:00 pm (program 2)

Suggested Donation: 

$2 Students, Seniors, Active Duty/Veterans
$5 General Public

Indonesian Gamelan Concert

ACD 102
Wednesday, November 28th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CSUSM Vocal Ensemble Concert

Vocal Ensemble
Arts 111
Monday, December 3rd from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CSUSM Jazz Ensemble Concert

jazz ensemble
Arts 111
Wednesday, December 5th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

New Show in the CSUSM Art Gallery

Merryl Goldberg at the CSUSM Gallery

Chair Merryl Goldberg celebrates new show in the CSUSM Art gallery at Restaurant Row in San Marcos.  Come to the opening and meet the artist, Isaias Crow Friday November 9th, 5:00 – 8:00.

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Shoe Sale on the Third Floor!

VSAR 110 (Intro to Sculpture)
Introductory sculpture assignment

This was an exercise in observation to detail and manipulation of an every day material not commonly perceived as a sculptural medium.
Students were asked to make a close copy of one of their own shoes using nothing but masking tape.

Shoes 2
VSAR 110

Terry Hayes
Terry Hayes

Jocelyn Lenz
Jocelyn Lenz

Panel on Theater for Social Change
Theater for Social Change

On October 18th, Kaja Dunn's TA 300 class was visited by five panelists to discuss Theater for Social Change. The discussion centered around the way each of the panelists' organizations participate in theatre for social change in San Diego. This includes education, giving voice to diverse perspectives.

The panelists included:
John Alexander, ED - Diversionary Theatre
Herbert Siguenza - Artist-in-Residence  San Diego Rep and Culture Clash
Kerry Meads - Artistic Co-Director and Educational Director Lamb's Players Theatre
Delicia Turner - Sonnenberg Artistic Director, Moxie Theatre
Olivia Espinosa - Educational Director, Playwrights Project
Crystal Mercado - Educational Director, Young Audiences and founding Member of Circle Circle Dot Dot

Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng Piano Recital

Ching-Ming Cheng piano
Sunday, October 14, 2012
3:00 pm
Old Town Community Center
For Tickets:
1-866-OLD-TOWN (866-653-8696)

Welcome Back!

Graduation Reveption

Spring Dance Concert
Dance show 2012
May 3 and May 4, 7 pm, ARTS 111.
Check out the trailer!
...And don't miss WMST-DNCE 323 Final Project showing

A juried student media festival showcasing the video and film work of CSUSM students.

May 11th

7:00 pm

7th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

Click the link below to enter!

Spring Awakening
First performed under heavy censorship in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's play closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid public outrage and charges of obscenity. The play's content was radical indeed: teenage sex, suicide, abortion, masturbation, sadomasochism. But even more radical was the unsentimental and brutally authentic comedy with which Wedekind treated it. The story traces the dawning sexual awareness of four teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, Wendla, and Hansy, who, in their painfully funny contradictions-they are at once too innocent and not remotely innocent at all-remain fresh and unsettling even in our own sex-saturated culture.

April 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th

7:00 pm
Arts 111

Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan (Tchaikovsky International Competition First Place Winner)
Narek Hakhnazaryan
In this Performance Demo, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan will perform some of the repertoire from his upcoming concert with the La Jolla Music Society and will speak about his recent first place win at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He will be joined by pianist Noreen Polera. Don¿t miss the opportunity to hear this celebrated young musician!

Thursday, March 15, Noon, ARTS 111, Free and open to the public

For more information:

Judy Bauerlein in "Car Plays"
Judy Bauerlein
Judy Bauerlein, Theater faculty, shines in her role as "Scout" in Car Plays at the La Jolla Playhouse.  

See Pam Kragen's theater review here.

See the UT review here.

Three VPA faculty shine at the 2011 Craig Noel Awards for Theater Excellence!
Congratulations Karin Filijan: Outstanding Lighting Design for ¿Angels in America¿ Ion Theater
Congratulations Robert Foxworth: Outstanding Lead performance in a Play, Male

And Pam Kragen, president of the San Diego Theater Critic¿s Circle and host for the evening.

Faculty member Ching-Ming Cheng celebrates with President Haynes
following a remarkably wonderful debut concert at CSUSM.
Ching-Ming Cheng and President Haynes
Check out the video of Ching-Ming Cheng's Piano Concert.

1a. "Miroirs" (Part 1 of 2) Maurice Ravel

1b. "Miroirs" (Part 2 of 2)

2. "Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23" Frederic Chopin 

3. "Piano Sonata in C major, No. 60 Hob.XVI:50" Joseph Haydn 

4. "Chaconne in D minor" Ferruccio Busoni

CSUSM Sets Press Conference for Feb. 9
President Haynes to Share Innovative Program which Improved Standardized Reading Test Scores by Nearly 90 Points.

San Marcos, CA.  California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), in collaboration with the North County Professional Development Federation, the San Diego County Office of Education and ten North San Diego County school districts, will hold a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. to discuss the groundbreaking results from DREAM (Developing Reading Education with Arts Methods), a four-year arts integration program funded with a nearly $1 million grant through the United States Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement.   

President Haynes, CSUSM president, will announce that elementary student test scores in reading improved an astonishing 87 points as a result of DREAM's initiatives. The program¿s goal was to train 3rd and 4th grade teachers to use visual arts and theater activities to improve students' reading and language arts skills.

Begun in June 2009, the program offered one week Summer Institutes coupled with coaching by professional artists throughout the year. Ten school districts have had teachers participate in the project, including Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Oceanside, Ramona, San Marcos, Valley Center Pauma and Vista, representing 141 teachers and approximately 3,000 students. During the press conference, elementary students from the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will perform one of the theatrical lesson plans to demonstrate how using theater to teach literacy is an effective instructional tool.  

Students in classes where teachers integrated theater to teach reading scored much higher on the reading comprehension and inference standardized tests. 

The press conference will be held at the North County Regional Education Center at 255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos.

It will be streamed at This link will not be active until approximately 9 a.m. on Feb. 9.  

Student Piano Recital

This recital is a final presentation of Beginning Piano Class.  The program ranges from easy melodies like Ode to Joy to virtuosic repertoire like Rachmaninov Prelude. Come support and cheer our piano students at the very first student piano recital on campus!!!!

Wednesday, December 14th
1:30pm, Arts 111 

VPA's own Judit Hersko
was awarded the 2011-2012 President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity.

Please join us on Thursday, January 19, at 11:00 a.m. in the Dome as we recognize Judit and all other award recipients at the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards Reception.

CSUSM New Play Festival presents
New Play Festival
Telling Stories: Giving Voice to Foster Youth
CSUSM Theatre, ACE Scholars and Playwrights Project of San Diego join together to bring you an evening of short plays based on the lives of CSUSM students who grew up in the San Diego foster care system. Join us as we share the powerful stories of four of the university¿s most courageous and resilient students.
December 1st-7th 2011 Arts 101

Professor Bill Bradbury SCORES!
Bill Bradbury, professor of music, composes music for  New Village Arts production: Of Mice and Men.  Here is an excerpt from a review:  "In a production that's exquisite overall, particular magic comes from Bill Bradbury's original score, recorded by his duo, MandoBasso; Bradbury on mandolin and Gunnar Biggs on bass carry on a musical conversation like the back-and-forth sharing of ordinary thoughts and lifetime dreams between Lennie and George."
See the full review here:

Meet the Chair!
Merryl Goldberg is the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at California State San Marcos, a professional saxophonist and mom. She's also an avid boxer.
Thanks to LA Boxing for this video!

VPA Department Welcomes Robert Foxworth
Robert Foxworth
Welcome to Robert Foxworth, Artist in Residence, teaching our students in TA 310: Acting Technique.  Foxworth is a well recognized stage, screen, and film actor with a very long list of credits stemming from Washington D.C. Arena Stage to Broadway to countless TV series and movies (Falcon Crest, Six Feet Under, the voice of Ratchet in the Transformer movies) to the rehearsal halls here on our campus!   VPA is honored and  thrilled that our students and faculty have this opportunity to work with such a wonderful performer and person.

VPA Senior Project Short Video "SomaSleep"
VPA majors Lance McCormick and Lauren Radel created this video composite animation mixing video, still images, and hand drawn elements. The concept of this project is to raise awareness about the viewer's role in a technologically advanced world. Inspired by the books 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451. SomaSleep won awards for Best Animation and Juror's Choice in the 2011 Student Media Film Festival at CSUSM.

VPA Senior Project Short Film "Eros"
VPA majors Michael Colasardo, Jermaine Jackson, and Kai Norwood collaborated to make a short film about love, "Eros". This film won the awards for Best Cinematography and Audience Choice in the 2011 Student Media Film Festival at CSUSM.

Doris Bittar in Art of the Middle East
Doris Bittar, adjunct in visual arts is featured on the blog and website: Art of the Middle East. Check out her interview and images of her artwork at:

New Public Service Videos

Arts and Technology students Lauren Radel, Jermaine Jackson, Jeff Warlick create public service videos for CSUSM parking services!  
Check them out:





Earth Day Celebration
VPA students rock earth day celebration with recycled art fashion show, dance, music, sculptures, and interactive art projects!!!

Check out the North County Times Article!

VPA Dance Studies professor Karen Schaffman teams with High Tech High North County for a semester long collaborative learning class with  college and high school students as they focus on the theme of Earth Day!  

Check out the pictures, blogging and videos here!

Theater students in Misanthrope "Make the most of Moliere's words and wit".


Read the review here!

Students Present Original Puppet Plays!
As a part of their learning, VPA 321 "Learning Through the Arts" students present original puppet plays to 3d graders from San Marcos!  And, the reviews are in: the kids LOVED the performances as they learned about nature, literature, and science.


Mural Class Update!
Check out this video of students in VPA 181 painting the mural, and stop by to stop by and see them in action. They will be painting every Friday from 9am-12pm through the end of the semester at University Village.

Check out the video!

VPA Chair Publishes New Book
Merryl Goldberg, Chair of the Department, has published new book: Arts Integration: Teaching Through the Arts in Multicultural Settings published by Allyn and Bacon (available through any bookseller). 

Arts Integration

6th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival
Friday, May 13, 7pm, Arts 111
If you would like to submit your work, please click the link below: 
Student Media Festival Official Entry Form

Check out the work in VPA 181!!! 
Our new class creating a mural!!!!

VPA's own Judit Hersko
is featured speaker at this semester's Faculty Colloquium dinner:
Faculty Center Research Colloquium Spring 2011 Speaker

Judit Hersko, M.F.A. Visual & Performing Arts ~ Pages From the Book of the Unknown Explorer
Date: April 6, 2011
Location: McMahan House

Check out American's for the Arts salon for Arts Education featuring Merryl Goldberg blogging nationally:

Breaking news!  VPA launches two new minors!

Minor in Music Technology and, Minor in Video and Film Production 

Congratulations to the Playwrights, Directors, Cast and Crew of the 2010 New Play Festival for a terrific showing at the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival!
New Play Festival