Andrew Homzy, Music
Thanks to a strong music program in the Brooklyn, Ohio, public school system,
Andrew Homzy learned to play the trombone, tuba, cornet, and the basics
of the clarinet, saxophone, double bass and piano.
Parallel to his education in classical music, Homzy began a self-study of
jazz. His desire to know more about the construction of music led him to
a degree in music theory at Baldwin-Wallace College, in Berea, Ohio.
He entered the musicology program at McGill University, where he studied
with Marvin Duchow, and began working as a professional musician after joining
the new Vic Vogel Big Band in 1967.
In the early 1970s, Homzy taught at Marymount High School and part-time
at Sir George Williams University. He also formed jazz ensembles, doing
projects for broadcast, recordings and concerts. He assisted Vic Vogel in
writing and playing music for the 1976 Olympics.
In 1977, he became a full-time teacher and researcher at Concordia in a
new discipline, jazz studies. His research activities have included papers
and publications centered on aspects of jazz composition, and are mostly
concerned with the music of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.
He has been invited by the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress
and other organizations to advise them in the development of their collections
His compositions and arrangements have been performed at concerts and on
recordings, including student and ensembles, and special events such Concordias
25th anniversary ceremonies and commissions.
He has led ensembles ranging from award-winning Concordia student groups
to his own professional jazz ensembles, and was musical director for a number
of Concordia productions, including Kurt Weills Three Penny Opera
and Stephen Sondheims Into the Woods.
Homzy directed the Swedish Radio Orchestra in a performance of Charles Minguss
epic work Epitaph and directed the European Broadcasting Union Orchestra
in a special program celebrating Duke Ellingtons 100th birthday.
Sharman, Design Art
Sharman, Design Art
Following her graduation from the Central School of Art and Design in
London, England, Lydia Sharman practiced as a designer in London, New
York and Montreal. She obtained her MA in Art Education from Concordia
University, and her PhD from the Royal College of Art in London.
She joined the Department of Design Art in 1992 and teaches design history:
theory and practice, and a studio course in collaborative practice. Dr
Sharman is the first faculty member to be an advisor to students who have
a studio practice or design history component in their doctorate.
For over 30 years, Dr. Sharman has been one of the very few researchers
presenting and publishing nationally and internationally on Canadian design,
and on design education. She has developed a pilot for a Web course, Canadian
Industrial Design The First Fifty Years, and an integrated design
pedagogy for all levels of education.
Concerned about the limitations of design and art curricula for diverse
cultural groups, she wrote two publications, The Amazing Book of Shapes,
now translated into six languages, and Teaching Math Through Islamic
Art, for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Her artistic research, international exhibitions of print media, and presentations,
are concerned with the geometry and symbolism of traditional pattern design
and its contemporary significance. She has incorporated videos on image
patterns created by sound.
Dr. Sharman is a co-founder the Protestant School Board of Montreals
Fine Arts Core Education School (FACE).
In the last three years, Dr. Sharman has been a very active chair, rebuilding
her department into an effective team of mainly new faculty members, establishing
the new graduate certificate Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice,
participating in the organization of an international symposium, DECLARATIONS,
and two conferences on Eco Design.
She has developed local and international connections leading to student
stages in design offices in Milan, and exhibitions of student work in
London and New York.
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