Professor Anna Celenza of the Department of Performing Arts connects with students over art history and storytelling at the first dinner series of the semester
During her time in graduate school, Professor Anna Celenza took on babysitting as her part-time job. After a long day of class, Celenza would spend her nights occupying restless children, putting them to bed by recounting to them the history of symphonies and analyzing the music as it played. Her pursuits in Music and Art History and her experiences in storytelling led Celenza to publish her first of many children’s music history books and to pursue an academic career researching Music History.
Celenza shared this journey to her career and many more stories about her work in music history, writing, and radio journalism at the first Red House Dinner Series of the semester on the evening of September 26th. In discussion, Celenza spoke on her style of teaching through storytelling, relating its organization and use of visualization as highly impactful for the many audiences her work addresses. Students asked her about the nuances of publishing work in different spaces (radio, academic spaces, children’s books, etc.) and how different forms of storytelling intersect with one another.
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