CGCC Performing Arts Center Celebrating 10 Years
Monday, September 17, 2012
When you think of the Performing Arts, one
doesn’t often think of Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) – but you should.
The CGCC Performing Arts Department offers Music, Dance, Theatre, and Music
Business. All this is housed in the innovative and artistic Arnette Scott Ward
Performing Arts Center (PAC), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with
"As early as 1986, the college
administration had a strong belief that the mission of Chandler-Gilbert
Community College would not be complete without a Performing Arts program of
Music, Dance, Theater and all of the different facets that go
into developing one of the most outstanding programs in the State of
Arizona,” said Arnette Scott Ward, CGCC President Emeritus.
The program you see today was built upon a
philosophy of allowing students to study performing arts without feeling that
they had to commit to just one area. The goal was to help students develop
skills that reached across all facets of performing arts – dance, music and
theater. The most unique aspect of CGCC’s program is that the department is
comprised of all three areas working in cooperation and relying upon each other
– a concept pioneered at CGCC.
Performance, intertwined with education, is
truly reflected in the Performing Arts Department as it is constantly producing
music concerts, recitals, theater, musical, and dance productions. When time
allows, speaker engagements, graduation and outside events are held. The PAC
offers a wide variety of performances for discerning patrons utilizing students
ranging from 14 to 70.
This fall, the Performing Arts department will
produce Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol musical and two dance
there will be several music concerts, which combine all vocal and instrumental
groups as well as a choral festival and technical theater workshops.
The Performing Arts department, run by
professors Sally Jesse (Dance), Gordon Jesse, (Theater), Ted Goddard (Music
Business), Marcus Denton (Vocal Music), and Randy Wright, (Instrumental Music) is
committed to excellence. Incoming students will learn from faculty members with
master's degrees and more than 25 years of experience respectively as they earn
an associates degree,
certificate, university transfer or take a path toward concert production, the
record industry or similar careers through the Music Business program. Prospective
students are encouraged to visit the Performing Arts website at www.cgc.edu/arts
or contact faculty with questions. Patrons are urged to call the box office at
480-732-7343 for performance information.