Robert Cowles and Troy Slocum have received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) for their work in all aspects of the music for the show Geneva Theatre Guild’s recent production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”
Cowles, associate professor of music, has directed the choral ensembles and taught music theory and conducting, since he joined the Colleges in 1992. He is also the artistic director for the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, a semi-professional choir. In 2001-2002, Cowles was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Estonia, where he taught choral music and conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music. He has given conducting master classes at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland and guest lectured for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and at the Eastman School of Music.
Slocum is an adjunct faculty member at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he teaches piano and accompanies the Colleges’ chorale. An active recitalist and accompanist, he has performed solo and chamber works in various venues in the Finger Lakes area. Slocum is establishing a private piano studio at the newly formed St. Peter’s Academy of Music.
TANYS, which represents non-professional theatre in the State, offers an educational adjudication program to help members evaluate and enhance their work. Trained adjudicators view productions and then discuss the show with the cast and crew. Roving adjudicator Paul Nelson, of Olean, viewed the performance of Forum on July 20. TANYS adjudicators give Merit Awards to recognize exceptional work by community and educational theatre companies, actors and technicians across New York State. The awards are presented at the annual State Theatre Festival to be held Nov. 21, 22 and 23 in Albany.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is the sixth Guild production to be honored by TANYS.