Dr. Timothy McDonnell named an American Prize choral conducting finalist
Monday, August 11, 2014
Dr. Timothy McDonnell, Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at AMU has been named an American Prize choral conducting finalist for his work with Ave Maria University's choirs. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Please follow this link for the full release and to view all finalists.
The American Prize Facebook page
Ave Maria University Joins “Generation #Selfie” on Snapchat
Monday, August 4, 2014
Ave Maria University is now on Snapchat! On July 30th, Ave Maria sent its inaugural “snap”, introducing a brand new way of connecting current and prospective students and giving others an inside look into life at AMU. Snapchat, a social media platform that allows users to connect through sending pictures and videos, is one of the most popular ways in which high school and college-age students communicate with their friends. The premise of Snapchat is simple. Users send a picture or video to a select person or group which is viewed by the recipient for a few seconds before the “snap” disappears.
Snapchat’s ease of use, massive user base, and private-feel makes it perfect for keeping in touch with friends. However, Snapchat is starting to be used by businesses to offer promotions and connect with their customer base on a more personable level. There is also a small group of colleges on Snapchat, using it as a means of connecting with their students and allowing for an intimate look at day-to-day life on campus.
Ave Maria University (avemariau on Snapchat) hopes to do just this. From setting up spontaneous contests and giveaways, to providing students a place to show their school pride, Snapchat will add a fresh and personally engaging part to being a student at Ave Maria. Snapchat is a very new way for us to help connect our current students, prospective students, and alumni. However, with hundreds of followers in just the first week, we are encouraged and excited about the social and creative possibilities that Snapchat offers! Please feel free to add us on Snapchat (avemariau) to see what we’re up to!
Internationally Renowned Tenor Bruce Ford Joins Music Faculty
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bruce Ford, acknowledged internationally as one of the finest singers of his generation, joined the AMU faculty in January of 2014 and presented a master class at the University in the Fall of 2013. Maestro Ford has also been named co-artistic administrator of Opera Naples. His exceptionally demanding repertoire is highlighted by many of the most challenging Mozart and Bel Canto roles, which have brought him acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Ford has appeared frequently at many renowned European houses, such as La Scala, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Florence, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zürich and Geneva. He was also a favorite at the Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, and Pesaro festivals. In America he has won praise at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, and San Francisco Opera. His vast and award-winning discography includes the original version of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras for Sony Classics, as well as his critically-acclaimed Opera Rara aria recital Romantic Heroes (featuring works by Donizetti, Mercadante, Meyerbeer and Rossini) which features Mr. Ford in performance with opera superstar, Renee Fleming. Click here to view Mr. Ford's Wikipedia page.
Bruce Ford performing Mitridate at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden:
AMU in the News: Supreme Court Decision
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
For more than two years, AMU has been fighting the Federal Government for an exemption to the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires employers provide free birth control to employees. The Supreme Court's decision to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby should only help the University in its lawsuit going forward.
See the a just a few of the media outlets that highlighted AMU as part of the June 30th Supreme Court decision below.
Fox 4 News
Naples Daily News
Fort Myers News-Press
Cardinal Newman Society
The Ave Herald
Ave Maria University Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision Protecting Religious Liberty
Monday, June 30, 2014
The following is a statement from Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, and former Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Office of Faith- based and Community Initiatives, in response to today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Hobby Lobby case:
AMU President Jim Towey warns about 'right to die' movement at Broward's annual Red Mass
Friday, June 27, 2014
AMU President Jim Towey served as the guest speaker at the reception that followed the 25th anniversary Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Society of South Florida. The Mass was celebrated June 4 at St. Anthony Church by Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Click here to read more.
President Jim Towey recognized by FSU's VIRES magazine
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ave Maria University President Jim Towey was recognized by the Florida State University Alumni Association's
VIRES magazine for his work in bringing to life AMU's Mother Teresa Project and Exhibition Hall. "We think this museum will reintroduce [Mother Teresa] to people and also inspire a new generation to follow in her footsteps," said President Towey, who was recognized on the list of 100 Most Distinguished Graduates compiled by FSU's Alumni Association. Click here to read the full article.
AMU Students perform in Organ Festival at Artis-Naples
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Each year the Philharmonic (Artis-Naples) hosts a festival of organ music. Two Ave Maria University students have been invited to perform in this year's festival. Mary Joy Silmaro and Jerome Cole performed on June 8 at 3 p.m. at Artis-Naples. Click here for the Artis-Naples website, and here for the program for the event.
Bolshoi Theatre Photographs on Display in Library
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Stop by the Canizaro Library’s second floor gallery area to view amazing photographs by Marc Haegeman of performances at the Bolshoi Theatre. All photographs are housed in the library’s permanent collections.
Founded as a private institution in Moscow around 1776 by Prince Urusov and an Englishman called Michael Maddox, the Bolshoi Theatre gradually became a company of 155 dancers by 1850. Although the Maryinsky Theatre was the site of most of the creative work produced in Russia during the 19th century, the Bolshoi did serve as debut theatre for several important ballets: Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote (1869) and an early version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake choreographed by Julius Reisinger (1877).
In Marc Haegeman’s photos we view one art form through another: the art of ballet through the art of photography. His photographs are not of poses but of real performance moments. His challenge is to capture the technical precision, emotional power, and timeless grace of ballet without affecting the performance itself. He aims to catch the dancers’ artistic and physical prowess in a way that is pleasing to the eye and causes an emotional impact.
The Canizaro Library’s exhibit includes photos from Don Quixote, Giselle, La Sylphide, and Swan Lake.
Summit on Human Trafficking Held at AMU
Monday, May 12, 2014
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Ave Maria University welcomed an expert panel to discuss the impact of human trafficking on our state and community, followed by a Q&A with the public on Tuesday, May 13. Panelists included Marco Island Chief of Police Don Hunter, Doug Molloy, Attorney and Former Chief AUSA in Fort Myers, and Anna Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart addresses the crowd on Tuesday.
Panel members Doug Molloy (left) and Anna Rodriguez discuss the problem of Human Trafficking in Florida, the United States and abroad.