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Covenant Welcomes Two Guest Musicians for 2008-09 Year

The Department of Music at Covenant College is pleased to welcome musical artists Melissa Craig and Michael Jorgensen as adjunct professors for the 2008-2009 academic year.


"Both of these artists bring with them extensive performing experience as professional musicians," says Dr. Jeanell Brown, chair of the music department. "It's not often that you find musicians who are active performers, evidence scholarship in their discipline, and love teaching and sharing their art with students."


Melissa Craig

Melissa Craig is teaching studio voice, coaching student recitals along with Dr. Brown, and assisting with this year's spring musical.


Michael Jorgensen, a violinist, is team-teaching the chamber music program with Dr. Brown and teaching violin to students. In the spring, he will also teach courses in string pedagogy.


"Not only do [Craig and Jorgensen] have excellent credentials," says Dr. Brown, "but they are a good fit for our department because of their Christian testimonies and philosophy of Christian education. In just a few short weeks, their students are raving about their lessons and the energy of their new teachers."


Melissa Craig is a sacred concert artist who has performed in such venues as 5th Ave. Presbyterian Church in New York and the dedication of the Andreas Library at Westminster Seminary, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Montclair State University and Wheaton College (IL) and holds a certificate in contemporary commercial music from Shenandoah University.


Dr. Michael Jorgensen

Dr. Michael Jorgensen holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), and Florida State University, where he earned his doctorate in string performance. He has studied and performed with renowned violinist Charles Castleman, has been the guest artist on the Carruther's Pond Recital Series in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has served as the concertmaster for the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, among others.