What We Desire For Our Graduates

Friday, June 26 | 3:30-4:15pm

  • Fine Arts

How are we doing as CCE Arts Educators as we send one class after another out into the world with one of our diplomas? In this panel discussion, we will take a sober and hopeful look at our “product,” and consider such questions as:
What kind of student of the Arts do we want to send out our doors into the world?
What does your school’s Portrait of a Graduate look like through the lens of the Arts?
Are there certain key characteristics that should mark a young artist coming from a Classical Christian Education? Sensibilities, competencies, perspectives and character qualities?
What will make our students more successful in their Arts endeavors in college and/or professionally?
Are there some common mistakes we make as teachers, blindspots of which we are often not aware?
What can we be doing better?

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Phil Dickerson

Phil has worked as an actor and theatre educator in the DC Metro and Charlottesville areas for over 10 years. After obtaining his MFA in Acting from The Catholic University of America in 2009 he performed in both equity and non-equity theatres such as Shakespeare Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington Stage Guild. As an educator he has worked in the private and public sector as a guest artist, director, and head teacher, working on over 50 different plays and musicals with both actors and technical students. Phil strives to empower his students with a wide range of tools to choose from when creating new characters and authentic relationships on stage. He pulls from the pedagogies of Stanavlaski, Hagen, Meisner, Laqoc, and Bogart; techniques he uses in his own practice. He also makes a point of working classical plays and verse work into his teaching whenever possible. His work is built on a foundation of always seeking what is True through high expectations, dedication, and vulnerability.

Jennifer King

Jennifer King, flutist, is currently principal flutist in the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, second flute/piccolo in the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and piccoloist in the Richmond (IN) Symphony. She has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, and the Bellevue (WA) Philharmonic, among others. She is active as a chamber musician, performing with various small musical groups in the community as well as solo performances.

Jennifer holds Bachelor and Master degrees in music performance from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and has won numerous awards throughout her career, including first place winner of the 1994 Gertrude Sieberling Award, second place winner in the 1992 National Flute Association's Orchestral Excerpt Masterclass, and twice the winner of the CCM Concerto Competition.

She serves the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as their personnel manager, and lives with her husband and children in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Janet Thompson

Janet Thompson has been an adjunct applied music instructor at Kenyon College for twenty-six years. She teaches Harp, Piano, and Harp Ensemble. She has a private studio of piano, violin, viola, and harp students . Janet is a member of the Guild of National Piano Teachers. She was the harpist for Springfield for 6 years. She was in the harp duo called Reflections. They performed in the Hyatt Regency Hotel daily and for many special events including Muirfield Golf Tournament receptions. Her audiences have included George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Jack Nicholas, Roselyn Carter, Bob Hope, Gerald Ford, and other notables. She has performed with Manhattan Transfer and accompanied Margot Fonteyne in a ballet performance. Janet has performed with her husband, David Edge, a violinist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She has composed and arranged pieces that they perform. She plays for most Sundays at her church for the worship service.