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Performing Arts Faculty Join Campus

With the new academic year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges continue to expand the breadth and depth of the course offerings and the diversity of the faculty. Joining the Colleges this year are several new faces in the theatre and music departments, helping students explore dramatic literature, music of the film world and the culture of hip-hop.

Charity Lofthouse joined the Colleges as an instructor of music. After receiving her B.M. from Oberlin College in 1999, Lofthouse is now a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is working on her dissertation “Sonata Theory, Rotational Form, and Deformation in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Early Symphonies.” This semester, Lofthouse is teaching the classes “Music at the Movies” and “Chromatic Theory.”

Prior to joining the Colleges, Lofthouse served as a visiting assistant professor of music theory at Oberlin College Conservatory, where she taught courses such as “Music Theory II” and “Music Theory III.” She also acted as an adjunct instructor at Hunter College. Lofthouse has performed extensively in operas and scene programs in Oberlin, Philadelphia and Italy, has performed solos at a number of churches and has played as a collaborative pianist.

The Theatre Department has advanced Christopher Hatch as an assistant professor; he joined the Colleges in fall 2010. Hatch received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Missouri. Currently, Hatch is a Ph.D. candidate studying theatre history, theory and literature at Indiana University where his dissertation is on the relationships between absinthe and the theatre of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Hatch has had extensive stage experience, acting in professional productions with companies such as the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Lyric Opera and more. This semester, Hatch is teaching “Acting I” and “Introduction to Dramatic Literature.

Mark Olivieri joined the music department as an assistant professor in fall 2010. Olivieri earned his B.M. from Heidelberg College and his M.M. from Ithaca College. He received his Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Buffalo. This semester at the Colleges, Olivieri is teaching courses in “Hip-Hop Culture” and “Introduction to Music Theory.” He is also leading the Colleges’ woodwind ensemble.

Before Olivieri began teaching at the Colleges, he served as composer in residence at SUNY Brockport and an adjunct professor of music at Monroe Community College. He has taught many classes and seminars on music theory, composition and songwriting. Olivieri also serves as artistic director for Vision of Sound, a touring music and dance company, and as co-artistic director for the Musselman Arts Triathlon at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.

In the photo above, Instructor Charity Lofthouse plays the piano in Williams Hall.