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June 7, 2001 Faculty Promotions in Fine Arts



Andrew Homzy

Andrew Homzy, Music

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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 and programs.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed at concerts and on recordings, including student and ensembles, and special events such Concordia’s 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 Weill’s Three Penny Opera and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

Homzy directed the Swedish Radio Orchestra in a performance of Charles Mingus’s epic work Epitaph and directed the European Broadcasting Union Orchestra in a special program celebrating Duke Ellington’s 100th birthday.

Lydia Sharman

Lydia Sharman, Design Art

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Lydia 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 Montreal’s 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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