Kutztown University professor named 2017 Pennsylvania Higher Ed Art Educator

Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder has been named the 2017 Pennsylvania Outstanding Higher Ed Art Educator by the Pa. Art Education Association (PAEA). She is a professor of art education at Kutztown University. She will receive her award at the state conference held Oct. 19 – 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Prior to joining the faculty at KU in 2009, she worked as an elementary art educator with the Iowa City Community School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and both a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Prior to her move to Pennsylvania, Pfeiler-Wunder was an active member of the Iowa Art Education Association (IAEA), where she served as secretary and member of the Mentoring Committee, and Co-Chair of an IAEA annual conference. She was a 2009 Western Region Leadership participant, 2006 IAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator and the 2007 NAEA Western Region Outstanding Art Educator of the Year.

Pfeiler-Wunder is the coordinator of Graduate Art Education Programs at Kutztown University. She also helped write courses for the new doctoral program in the College of Education. As a graduate student advisor, she is an essential partner in students’ development and growth. She was recently elected chair of the Commission on Human Diversity-a highly significant organization at KU. This ties closely with her life-long passion for social justice issues.

Pfeiler-Wunder has been published numerous times and has designed several new courses at the university including Integrated Curriculum in the Art Class and Discover! Science and Art Integration for the K-12 Educator.

Pfeiler-Wunder is an actively involved scholar and presents extensively at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) regional, and international conferences. She served on the Editorial Board of NAEA’s Art Education Journal, serves on the NAEA Research Commission and is the Higher Education Director-Elect for the NAEA Board.

PAEA actively supports and promotes visual art education through professional development, leadership, and service.

Kutztown University to Host an Evening with Kay Haring

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born-and-raised artist Keith Haring.

Kay Haring, sister of Kutztown-born and -raised artist Keith Haring, will host a lecture and book signing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m., in room 223 of the McFarland Student Union Building at Kutztown University. The event is free and open to the public.

Kay Haring’s professional career has been a blend of the for-profit and non-profit realms, including management roles with a community college foundation, and fundraising professional for Planned Parenthood. Both are previous recipients of the award. She has held many board positions for a wide variety of non-profits over the last 20 years, including Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Berks Arts Council, Reading Musical Foundation, AAA Reading/Berks and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii.

Her new book, “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” seeks to investigate an aspect of Keith’s life not extensively covered: his childhood.

“I wrote this story to answer the question, “What was Keith like as a kid?” the answer; “HE WAS ALWAYS DRAWING!” says Haring on a section of her website.

Haring’s talk will map Keith’s journey from Kutztown, Pa., as a student, throughout his astronomical rise to the top of the art world.

Afterwards, Haring will sign copies of her book. Book proceeds will benefit Kutztown University’s GLBTQ Resource Center.

Kutztown University orchestra concert slated for Oct. 21

Dr. Peter Isaacson directs the Kutztown University Orchestra.

The Kutztown University Orchestra will present their first performance of fall semester Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert is dedicated entirely to American music and will feature Libby Larsen’s “Overture for the End of a Century,” Alan Hovhanness’s “And God Created Great Whales,” Michael Daugherty’s “Route 66” and Samuel Barber’s “First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12.”

The concert will also include excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story.

Lead by Dr. Peter Isaacson, the Kutztown University Orchestra has a reputation for musical excellence and sold out performances. Performing standard and contemporary repertoire, the KUO has featured soloists such as Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal winner Sandra Rivers. KUO members also train with notable instrumentalists from Philadelphia, New York and the Lehigh Valley.

The orchestra holds an annual concerto competition with a college and high school division.

Tyler Readinger-Angstadt awarded conducting fellowship with Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Tyler Readinger conducts the Chamber Players at Kutztown University.

Tyler Readinger-Angstadt, a senior music major from Birdsboro, Pa., has been awarded a conducting fellowship with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

The Conducting Fellows Program supports the opportunity for promising conductors to hone their craft and enrich their musical experience through mentorship and participation in the Allentown Symphony Association’s orchestral and community programs.

The Conducting Fellows travel to the Lehigh Valley to work side by side with Allentown Symphony Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, in advance of and during the production of a Classical Series Concert. Along the way, they learn intricacies involved in assembling and leading a regional symphony.

Fellows also meet with Association staff in order to learn the range of activities necessary to operate a symphony orchestra. Their visit includes a stop at the exemplary community-based program, El Sistema Lehigh Valley.

Readinger is the assistant conductor of the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor of the Kutztown University Chamber Players. He began conducting in high school and has since been invited to conduct throughout the community, regionally and nationally.

Currently a student of Dr. Peter Isaacson at Kutztown University, he has also studied with Christian Capocaccia, Georgios Vranos, Gavriel Heine, Willis Rapp and others. He has been invited to guest conduct groups such as the Reading Pops Orchestra and the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic.

Readinger was a fellow of the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, where he worked with conductors Donald Portoy, Jorge Mester, Peter Jaffe, and Victoria Bond. He was also a participant in Diane Wittry’s Beyond the Baton conducting seminar, and has been invited to numerous other conducting institutions. He has collaborated with world class artists such as NYC Ballet concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen, pianist Maria Asteriadou, flautist Susanna Loewy, as well as students from The Curtis Institute, The Manhattan School of Music and Kutztown University.

As a clarinetist, he performs regularly as an ensemble, chamber and solo musician regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has appeared with the Reading Pops Orchestra, Penn Symphony Orchestra, Northern Lights Festival Orchestra, and in festivals across the country. A current student of Dr. Soo Goh, he has performed in master classes for Mark Nuccio, Kevin Schempf, and Michele Gingras to name a few, and studied briefly with Miltos Mumulides, Rie Suzuki and Julie Beth Drey.


On Saturday, Oct. 28, patrons and guests of Reading Public Library can once again listen to the spooky sounds of the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra filling the air.

This annual “Halloween Bash” will begin at noon and include candy, music, and fun for all ages. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is not required. Free, secure parking is available behind the main library on Wood Street. For more information, contact 610.478.8977.

For more information, contact 610.478.8977.

LVC Announces the Cast of “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Wig & Buckle Theater Company is proud to present a modern rendition of Nice Work If You Can Get It, featuring the timeless music of George and Ira Gershwin. Set in the prohibition era in New York City, things get a little wild when a bootlegging gang stashes their booze in the cellar of a rich playboy’s beach house, where he happens to be spending his honeymoon with his third (or fourth) wife.

Local students involved with the production include:

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley. Behler plays the role of Fletcher in the Male Ensemble.

Seth Ravert of Wernersville, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology at The Valley. Ravert plays the role of Elliot in the Male Ensemble.


Mikaela Krall to Perform with Lebanon Valley College Chamber Choir at State Music Conference

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, Pa., will perform with the Lebanon Valley College Chamber Choir at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference at Susquehanna University on Nov. 11. Krall, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production and digital communications at The Valley.

The choir was one of our regional choral groups selected from an application process which consisted of sending in sample pieces of the choir’s work to a panel board of directors.

“The ACDA is a professional organization that serves choral directors in all walks of life, whether they are middle school, elementary school, high school, college, community, or church choirs,” said Dr. Matt Erpelding, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at LVC. “They hold several conferences throughout the year, and this happens to be the state conference that we are attending.”

“It is a lovely honor to be recognized by peers for the work that your students are doing,” said Dr. Erpelding. “I am really excited for the choir to be on that stage and that they get to share their music with an appreciative and well-informed audience. In all, the whole thing is quite humbling.”

Learn more about the Music Department at LVC by visiting www.lvc.edu.

CORRECTION: Kutztown University wind ensemble to present “All the President’s Men”

Dr. Mike Golemo, director of bands and professor of music, Iowa State University.

(Correction to date of performance): The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble will present their annual fall concert Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s concert, All the President’s Men, will feature music written for U.S. presidents, about presidents, or by composers who share the same last name as U.S. presidents.

Kutztown University will welcome Dr. Mike Golemo, director of bands and professor of music at Iowa State University (ISU), as guest director. Golemo conducts the ISU Wind Ensemble, the top concert band at Iowa State.

A native of Chicago, he received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and saxophone with Frederick Hemke. He completed his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State University under Kenneth Bloomquist and John Whitwell. Golemo previously served as assistant director of bands at The University of Akron (Ohio), and prior to that as Director of Bands at Albion College (Mich.).

Sunday’s concert program includes “Hail to the Chief,” “Presidential Polonaise” by John Philip Sousa, “Fiesta Del Pacifico” by Roger Nixon, “God of Our Fathers” by both Claude Smith and Thomas Knox and Men of Ohio March by Henry Fillmore.

The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Professor Dan Neuenschwander.

Lebanon Valley College introduces Pride of The Valley Marching Band students

Homecoming Weekend 2015 Pride of the Valley Marching Band

Lebanon Valley College’s Pride of The Valley Marching Band will feature 135 students this year. The marching band performs at all home football games as well as appearances at various exhibitions throughout the fall semester.

Local students participating in marching band include:

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.

Bethany Hepner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science at The Valley.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.

Angela Fleig of Reading, a graduate of Reading Senior High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology and sociology at The Valley.

Brianna Metsger of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English at The Valley.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.

Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production at The Valley.

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