Summer Institute: Performing Arts

College Credit(s): 1
In the Performing Arts Track at the Bryan College Summer Institute, students will:
  • Develop a personal philosophy as Christian artists and performers;
  • Study various aspects of Music and Film;
  • Participate and receive feedback on technique and musicianship in daily Masterclass sessions; and
  • Strengthen sight reading skills for music and vocalization.
  • Students are to purchase and read Francis Schaeffer's book Art and the Bible before attending the summer session, as part of the college credit requirements for this Track.
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Annette Watt

Ms. Annette Watt is the Academics Operations Coordinator as well as an Instructor in Music. After teaching for over 15 years in public and private schools and serving on a church staff in preschool and children's education, Ms. Watt moved to Dayton with her husband and 2 daughters. Ms. Watt specializes in voice, elementary music, and music appreciation.

“The Summer Institute is a wonderful way to experience the Bryan College community AND earn college credit while still in high school.”

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Kim Keck

Associate Professor of Music, Kimberly Keck is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department where she teaches Applied Voice, Music Education related courses, and directs the Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers. Dr. Keck holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University in Music Education and a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. As a singer, she has performed numerous operatic and oratorio roles in Tennessee and Georgia. Dr. Keck has extensive experience as an adjudicator with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools.

"I am very excited to host our first Summer Institute for the Performing Arts. As a performer in today's world, I find it invaluable to have a strong and unwavering Christian worldview. In addition to developing skills as a musician, this summer we will look closely at what the Bible says about art and examine how the world has distorted these principles in various aspects of music and film."

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Dr. Olivia Ellis

Dr. Olivia Ellis is an Associate Professor of Music at Bryan College, where she teaches piano area courses, pedagogy, and music theory. She also directs the piano ensemble and serves as the faculty liaison for the Bryan College Performing Arts Academy. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and continues to perform solo and chamber music and is a part of the Chiara Piano Duo.

“I am looking forward to having a full week of intense study with the Performing Arts students at the Summer Institute. In addition to the exciting course offerings from Dr. Keck and Mrs. Watt, one of the classes I will be teaching is "Song Writing" where students will learn the art of creating a song and will get to try their hand at composing.”

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