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Conservatory Minors in Music, Theatre & Dance


Conservatory FYS Award Winners

Trunzer ’23 and Larimer ’23 Receive Gabriella Miller First-Year Student Award at FYS Awards Breakfast

The annual First-Year Seminar (FYS) Awards Breakfast recognizes teaching excellence, as well as gives out the Gabriella Miller First-Year Student Award, and the Timothy Doak Mentor Leadership Award. Senior FYS mentors are also recognized for their hard work and dedication to the newest class of the Shenandoah University family. The Gabriella Miller First-Year Student Award […]

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Matthew Modine

Actor Matthew Modine Visits Shenandoah Conservatory

American actor Matthew Modine visited Shenandoah Conservatory on Monday, Nov. 4. During his visit, Modine worked with senior acting students, led a scene study for sophomore acting majors and participated in a Q&A forum moderated by Director of Acting and Associate Professor of Theatre Scott Hudson, M.F.A.; and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Promotions Director Andy Gyurisin. […]

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Ashayla Byrd Award

Byrd ’21 Receives Inaugural Jamal Barzinji Award

Ashayla Byrd, a junior at Shenandoah University who is pursuing a double major in dance and English, was awarded the first Jamal Barzinji Scholar Award in recognition of her commitment to advancing inclusivity and acceptance. Her award includes a $500 cash prize to further research and was presented during the 31st Annual International Convocation on […]

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Alumni Successes

Benjamin Luczak

Luczak ’09, ’15 Appointed Development Director at Asolo Rep

Asolo Rep proudly announces Benjamin Luczak as its new Development Director, officially joining the organization on January 15. Prior to relocating to Sarasota, he previously held leadership positions at Dallas Summer Musicals, Omaha Performing Arts, The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Shenandoah Conservatory Performances. His areas of passion include individual and major gift fundraising, legacy giving, […]

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Dot Kelly

Kelly ’18, ’21 Announced Miss Virginia 2019

When Miss Virginia, Camille Schrier, was crowned Miss America 2020, the first runner up — our very own Dot Kelly ’18, ’21 (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership & Management) — became the new Miss Virginia 2019. Kelly is a Magna Cum Laude graduate and is currently pursuing […]

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Chris Goodwin

Goodwin ’19 Interns with NYC’s LAByrinth Theater Company

Christopher Goodwin ’19 (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre) won a spot as the Management Fellow for New York City’s LAByrinth Theater Company. Goodwin will support the launch of the company’s world premiere production this spring and work with the artistic director and leadership team to facilitate needs for the company.

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