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Pushing the boundaries

On a daily basis, faculty and students in Cliffe College undertake innovative and impactful research and creative work. We value curiosity and focus on facilitating discovery. We create an environment that sparks imagination. We cultivate and support collaboration and transformation. And no matter our area of specialty, we continually endeavor to pursue new knowledge and provide pathways to augment contributions to our community and region.



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Jean-Marie Londeix-Master of the Modern Saxophone, 2nd Edition 

Dana School of Music Professor of Saxophone Dr. James Umble has published the Second Edition of his book, Jean-Marie Londeix- Master of the Modern Saxophone. Distributed by and available from Theodore Presser Company and other music sellers, this volume is an updated edition of Umble's book, which was first published in 2000. Jean-Marie Londeix is a world-renowned and beloved concert saxophonist and teacher who enjoyed a long career as Professor of Saxophone at the National Conservatory of Bordeaux, France. Umble, who studied with Londeix in Bordeaux, states, "It is so gratifying to get letters from saxophonists from all over the world that have found this volume to be important to them."


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Art in Embassies Program

A painting by Dragana Crnjak, Professor of Art, was selected by U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Christopher Hill to be on display at the Serbian Embassy in Belgrade until 2025. The painting, which is titled “No Luck Unlocking,” is Crnjak’s second painting in the Art in Embassies program. She previously had a painting displayed at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina for four years.


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Music from Cantica Obsoleta

Costume Rendering

As a costume designer, Katherine Garlick, Associate Professor of Theatre, first examines a script and discovers the characters. She subsequently determines how to use clothing and costumes to help tell the story to the audience—to help tell who the characters are. A large part of that process is called rendering, or putting design ideas on the page. Every costume must have a drawing, and she may use an array of drawing materials and tools to bring designs to life. Watch Professor Garlick’s process evolve from a blank page to a fully rendered costume design.


Watch the rendering

Costume sketch

The Tiger and the Clover

The Tiger and the Clover is the title of a new album now available on YouTube  by violinist Wendy Case, a Lecturer in the Dana School of Music. “Created during circumstances of unusual adversity during the pandemic of 2020 and 2021, this album explores converging and contrasting perceptions through the eyes of a diverse group of composers,” Case  says.


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Wendy's CD

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AALC VideoArt Festival

J. Dana Sperry, Professor of Art, had two video works screened at the ALC VideoArt Festival at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante in Spain.


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Playing the Unplayable

Caroline Oltmanns, Professor of Piano, published Playing the Unplayable , an e-book titled after her blog post about tackling Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s  Erlkönig. “It is a collection of bite size chapters about being a pianist, about practicing, concerts, and performing,” Oltmanns states.


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Puppets take center stage

Todd Dicken, Lecturer of Theatre, developed a new minor in Puppetry. Open to all students on campus, the program focuses on innovative experiences in making objects come to life for the purpose of creating works of theatre.


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