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Bryan Proksch
PHOTO:Bryan Proksch stands in front of Haydn's portrait inside of the composer's hose in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Bryan Proksch, assistant professor of music at McNeese, recently presented a paper on the music of Joseph Haydn at a symposium in Eisenstadt, Austria, held in the composer's house-turned-museum at the invitation of the International Haydn Foundation and the Haydn Festspiele.

Haydn was considered the "father" of the symphony and the string quartet and is considered one of the founders of the Classical style of music. Proksch's presentation focused on the changing reception of the composer's music in the United States during the early 20th century. "It was in the 1920s that Haydn gradually came to be seen as one of history's most significant musicians," according to Proksch.

Proksch also has had published an article on Haydn in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, where he examined the political background of the Austro-German revival of Haydn just prior to World War II.

Pamela Jackson Taylor, a Singer visual arts senior with concentrations in art education and painting at McNeese State University, has received the John A. DiGiglia Scholarship in Studio Art for the 2011-2012 academic year. This scholarship is made possible through a donation from Dr. John A. DiGiglia, a former McNeese painting student.

Heather Ryan Kelley, professor of art at McNeese, has received the Burbank Fine Art Federation and Patron Award in Brand 40, the 40th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. Kelley received the award for her artist's book, "Tithe of Troubles," a small accordion book containing collage and image transfers. The exhibition is on display at the Brand Library and Arts Center in Glendale, Calif., through Oct. 28 and was juried by art curator and critic Peter Frank.