College of Creative Arts and CommunicationYoungstown State University

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Welcome to the College of Creative Arts and Communication! As you move around Bliss Hall, you will find the College to be a hub of activity featuring events, faculty and student engagement, and a stimulating environment for learning about the arts. The faculty are dedicated to student success and providing hands-on opportunities.

-Michael R. Crist, Ph.D.

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Dean Crist

Michael R. Crist, Ph.D. |  Interim Dean

Michael Crist has been a member of the Dana School of Music faculty for more than 30 years. Dr. Crist currently serves as Interim Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication, and before that appointment he served as Director of the Dana School of Music at YSU for thirteen years. His teaching responsibilities have included; applied trombone, assistant band director, director of Jazz Ensemble II and III, conductor of the Dana Trombone Ensemble, and numerous classes in music education and music technology.

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Amanda PowellBeyond Boundaries
Amanda Powell

 A new recording by Amanda Powell featuring the participation of several Dana School of Music Faculty.

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Youngstown Dance ProjectYoungstown Dance Project
JAN 31  |  12:00 and 4:00 PM  |  McDonough Museum of Art

 View a performance by Youngstown Dance Project! 

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Dana Chamber OrchestraDana Chamber Orchestra
FEB 1  |  4:00 PM  |  Stambaugh Auditorium

 View a performance by Dana Chamber Orchestra!

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Dana School of Music Auditions

Dana School of Music Auditions
FEB 14  |  8:30 AM

The audition should include a performance of material which illustrates your ability. 

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Mad About the ArtsMad About the Arts 2015
FEB 20  |  6:30 PM  |  Stambaugh Auditorium

Join in a celebration of the Mad About the Arts 20th Anniversary! The evening will be full of dance, jazz, wine tasting, and food sampling.
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out of this furnace

Out of This Furnace
FEB 26 - 28  |  7:30 PM  |  Ford Theater
Mar 1  |  2:00 PM  |  Ford Theater

One weekend only in Bliss Hall. 
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Social Media Track ysu

Launching this fall 2014 semester!
“Our new minor introduces students to various social media outlets and how to use them to communicate with various audiences,” Earnheardt said about the program that was approved in the spring by the Academic Program Committee of the YSU Academic Senate.

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