Cynthia A. Caporella, Ph.D.
Director Of Liturgical Music and Musical Arts
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Cynthia Anne Caporella, Ph.D., began her service to John Carroll University in August of 1994. In her current position as Director of Liturgical Music and Musical Arts she is responsible for music at all major liturgical functions, regular Sunday liturgies and prayer services. In addition she directs the JCU Choral organizations, and supervises the JCU instrumental program as well as all fine arts musical offerings. Cynthia holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Musicology/Ethnomusicology, and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying as well as Piano Performance. She regularly performs as a choral director, chamber musician and vocal accompanist in the Greater Cleveland area. Cynthia’s article, entitled Jesuita non cantat: Evidence from the Inaugural Year of the Roman Church of the Gesù
was published in the GIA Quarterly: a Liturgical Music Journal, in the Fall 2006 issue. Her article “Heart to Heart: Music on the Jesuit Campus” is published in the journal Conversations and concerns music ministry in the context of college life. Cynthia can be reached in her office, Room #24 in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center at (216) 397-1609 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pep Band Instructor
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Since 2016, Andre Dennison has served as the JCU Pep Band Instructor. In this role, Mr. Dennison is responsible for directing rehearsals and performances for sporting events and special occasions, both on campus and in the community. In addition, he is an adjunct professor teaching FA110B, the JCU Jazz Ensemble course. As such Andre conducts rehearsals in jazz technique and improvisation, all in preparation for musical performances throughout the academic year.
Mr. Dennison earned his Master’s degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Kent State University. He is a certified music teacher in the Ravenna School District, teaching choir and general music. He is also the assistant marching band director for the Ravenna Ravens Marching Band. Andre is a trombonist, and as such is an active performer in a variety of ensemble settings ranging from orchestral and concert band to jazz, big band and chamber music.
As an educator, Andre's mission is to make a difference in the lives of his students by sharing his knowledge through coaching and mentoring. In these roles his priority is to provide students with the necessary tools to be successful musicians.
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James Carr is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and arranger who performs an eclectic array of music which includes Celtic, latin, jazz, classical, and contemporary. He has written and arranged numerous choral and chamber pieces. He has a Master of Music degree from Boston University and undergraduate degrees from John Carroll University and Baldwin Wallace University. Commissions and performances of his music include the Baldwin Wallace Festival of Contemporary Music, Massachusetts Music Educators Conference (Composer of the Year), Harvard University Concert Series, and Opera Club of New England. He is currently Director of Music at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights.
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Gayle Getts earned her Master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying with international renowned Alexander Murray, formerly principal flutist of the London Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, studying with William Hebert, Piccoloist of The Cleveland Orchestra. Since that time she has been an active freelance musician, recitalist, clinician, and private flute instructor throughout Northeast Ohio and is a Musician-in-Residence of The Cleveland Clinic. Her performing has taken her to Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center as a member of the Blossom Music Festival Band. She has appeared with Yanni, the Moody Blues, and Il Divo, among others. In addition, she has been principal flutist of the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Lakewood Hometown Band, and the Sounds of Sousa Band.