Folks enjoyed examples of music, art, and even a bit of science at Keystone College on Sunday during the Music and Arts Fair.
The annual event is put on by Keystone College’s Department of Music, under the direction of Jeffrey A. Tylutki, director of bands.
The fair began at 3 p.m. in Evans Hall, with small ensemble music performed by members of the Keystone Jazz Combo. Students also gave a dance demonstration for the audience.
Around 3:30 p.m., participants were treated to a demonstration of a bronze pouring at the Arts Center by Cliff Prokop, a senior professor of sculpture and his students.
During the procedure, Prokop explained that the molten bronze is heated in a furnace to 2,100 degrees. Carefully moving a crucible containing the bronze, Prokop and his students pour the fiery mixture into a mold, where it hardens as it cools.
Prokop explained they are creating pieces for student Trevor Gregorowicg, who will weld them together into a sculpture.
Prokop said they can also cast iron, but it’s a different process that requires all day to complete.
An even hotter display is available at the Keystone College Mobile Glass Studio, located just outside Brooks Hall.
People watched as the instructor of the Glass One Class Michael Swanson and his students worked with glass heated to 2,300 degrees to create paperweights, bowls, glasses and other objects.
Swanson explained that the Mobile Glass Studio was established back in June through a joint effort by Keystone College and the Dorfinger Glass Museum.
Although the Glass One Class has a complete operation in the Arts Center, Swanson said, the mobile studio allows them to provide glass making demonstrations to schools and other organizations.
Recently, Swanson explained, they gave a demonstration to over 1,000 students in Vestal, N.Y.
“We couldn’t have possibly brought in that many students through the Arts Center,” Swanson said.
In an area where art is combined with cutting edge technology, James Harmon, Director of the Regional 3-D Design Center, provided demonstrations of the college’s 3-D printers.
Harmon showed how one of the printers was creating key fobs which will be presented to the college’s board of directors at their next meeting.
In another demonstration, Harmon showed how several other printers were being used to duplicate a small statue to show what kind of quality each can produce.
This was the first year that bronze working, glass blowing, and 3-D printing were featured during the Music and Arts Fair.
“I wanted all the arts departments to be represented,” Tylutki explained.
The fair also included paintings and photographs created by students on display throughout Brooks Hall.
The main event was held at Theatre in Brooks, with large ensemble performances by various groups. Leading off was The Vocal Accord Barbershop Quartet, which sang ‘Lyda Rose,’ from ‘The Music Man,’ as well as the patriotic number ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’
Poetry readings were performed by Dr. Amanda Bradley, as well as students Kelly Reilly, and Jessica Rzeszewski.
Also performing were chamber singers from the Wyoming County Chorale, a local community choir, under the direction of Carl Shinko. The chorale performed ‘It’s alright,’ by Bob Dillion, which is used in the television show, ‘The Walking Dead.’
For the first time, members of the Lackawanna Trail Junior High Choir, under the direction of Jeanna Alderman, performed at the Music and Arts Fair.
“I’m working on making this a collaborative effort, to get more of the community involved,” Tylutki explained.
This year also marks the first time another college participated at the fair, he said. Flatlines, a vocal music ensemble from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, performed several comical musical numbers, delighting the audience.
Other performers included Keystone Voices, Keystone Players, the Chorale at Keystone and Keystone Chamber Singers, the Keystone College Symphonic Band, and the Jazz Ensemble.
“I’m glad we do it annually, because every year we do it a little better,” Tylutki explained at the conclusion of the performance.
He said 420 people were in the audience, with 150 performers providing the entertainment during the fair. The entire event takes four to five months to put together.
Tylutki thanked Keystone President Dr. David Coppola, who attended the fair with his family, along with Jan Wells, Jenna Alderman, Megan Horwatt, David Hopkins, and work study students Jessica White and Trista Carpenter for their efforts in making the event possible.