Beautiful murals were on display at Jacobs Music of West Chester depicting the University’s history, painted by freshman students in Cheyney’s Academic Learning Communities course, which is the collaborative effort of twelve faculty members and Associate Provost Dr. Tara Kent. Marietta Dantonio-Madsen, art professor and Chairperson of Fine Arts, Design, and Liberal Studies at Cheyney University, organized and worked with students on the impressive exhibit.
There was a wonderful piano recital by Toni Caldwell-Hall who performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Ralph Simpson, among others. Ms. Hall currently serves in the Cheyney University Fine Arts Department as instructor of African American Music History, Music Theory, Solfeggio, Dictation and Piano. She is also the accompanist for the Cheyney University Concert Choir. Among her accomplishments as a solo recitalist, she has toured the South, Midwest, and Northeast United States and has played with the Memphis and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. Locally, she has performed in piano recitals at Temple University, duo piano recitals with Dr. George Allen, and the premier of George Allen’s Summer People, Winter People at Settlement Music School. She serves in Philadelphia as pianist for the Germantown SDA Church and as minister of music at St. James Episcopal Church of Kingsessing.
The Cheyney University Concert Choir’s Master Quartet also joined in the celebration with a beautiful performance with Ms. Hall at the piano. We congratulate all of our friends at Cheyney University on a historic 180 years and wish to express our appreciation for allowing us to participate in the celebration!