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Jazz on Campus 

By: Deja Footes, Lion’s Eye Staff Editor, dmf5475@psu.edu, updated by the Lion’s Eye Web Staff

On Tuesday October 20, Professor Nocella’s class hosted a jazz performance by violinist, Diane Monroe.

Monroe’s solo jazz works have been presented on popular TV shows such as The Cosby Show and Mr. Rogers. She has also shared the stage with famous musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Arnold Steinhardt and has toured with Joe Lovano, Oliver Lake, and Anthony Davis. Monroe’s multi-disciplinary approach as a composer/collaborator has spanned 25 years. Prior to making the leap to music as her career, Monroe was an educator at Oberlin College in Ohio. She is currently an adjunct professor at Temple University and Swarthmore College.

During Monroe’s performance, the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy the break from the daily grind. People were smiling and rocking to the harmony of her songs. Most of the songs were instrumental, but the music spoke for itself. The most common song was the famous Negro spiritual Wade in the Water. There was also a collaborative performance of Nocella’s own composition.

This month, Monroe will be performing her newest work, Tanaina Dreams. For more information about Diane Monroe or to sample her music, visit her website at www.dianemonroemusic.com.

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