Category: Piedmont Promise

Piedmont’s Own 30-Member Conservatory String Ensemble to Perform in November

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Heather Strachan will lead the 30-member Piedmont Conservatory Strings orchestra in performing works by six living composers, including Eric Whitacre and Karl Jenkins, in a concert set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Strachan is the director of the Piedmont Conservatory Strings, Artist-in-Residence at the Piedmont University Conservatory of Music, and a founding member of…

For Educator Hensley, Piedmont Visits with Students are ‘Like Coming Home’

Britt Hensley ’12 in Piedmont’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew” in 2014.

Britt Hensley ’12 fell in love with the Piedmont University campus in Demorest. Then she fell for the family feeling in the theatre department. “There are kinships that you’re able to have with the people in your department and your professors. They know your face and know your name. You’re not just a number like…

‘The Ferrari of Choral Singing’: Piedmont’s Cantabile Performs Oct. 28

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Piedmont University’s elite student singing ensemble, Cantabile, will perform a repertoire ranging from Estonian folk songs to pop hits during their Oct. 28 concert at the Demorest campus. Cantabile is a small ensemble comprised of only six performers. Students undergo a rigorous audition process before being invited to join Cantabile.  “It’s like the Ferrari of…

Three-Time Piedmont Grad Nic Johnson Now a Successful Performer, Music Teacher

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When he enrolled at Piedmont University, Nic Johnson knew only three things for sure: He wanted to take voice lessons, learn to play the piano, and start a gospel choir. What he would do next, he had no idea. Now, with three Piedmont degrees to his name, Johnson is proud to say he achieved everything…

Piedmont University to Host Exhibition Celebrating Life, Impact of Art Professor Leroy Young

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Piedmont University will host an exhibition featuring the work of Leroy Young, an art professor who passed away in 2020, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 4 at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, 567 Georgia St. in Demorest. Young taught at Piedmont from 2000 to 2008. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam…

Barbecue Entrepreneur Returns to Piedmont University for Master of Business Administration

During his undergraduate studies at Piedmont University, John Cross wrote the business plan for his now-thriving venture, Brown Dog BBQ. Now, Cross is back in the classroom, earning his Master of Business Administration from Piedmont. “I had a great undergrad experience at Piedmont. I wanted to keep learning, and I wanted to keep learning from…

Piedmont History Professor Aims to Teach the Past — and How to Make a Better Future

Piedmont University Assistant Professor Scarlet Jernigan

Ever since she can remember, Scarlet Jernigan has been fascinated by history, and particularly the history of Georgia, her native state. As a faculty member at Piedmont University, she hopes to nurture the same appreciation in her students. “I was so excited to be hired by Piedmont because it is in Georgia. I’m going to…

New Student Organization Plans Celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15, the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) is planning a party.  SOL was formally recognized as a club in February and aims to educate and spread awareness of Hispanic and Latin cultures through student-led presentations, speakers, and celebrations of cultural events.  In April, the organization held…

Piedmont University Theatre Department Presents the Rock Musical Hair

Johnny Goodwyn "Hud" in the rock musical Hair.

Peace, love, and happiness will take the stage this October as the Piedmont University Theatre Department presents Hair, the rock musical that debuted more than 50 years ago. Hair explores themes related to the peace movement of the 1960s that emerged in opposition to the Vietnam War. Director of Theatrical Productions Bill Gabelhausen said today’s youth “have become…

Piedmont Grad Living Professional Dream Come True

Mackenzie Wilcox graduated with her master's degree in Health & Human Performance in July and is now designing a new fitness center. Here, she holds blueprints of the fitness center, which is currently under construction.

Just weeks after graduating from Piedmont University with her master’s degree in Health & Human Performance, Mackenzie Wilcox is living a professional dream come true: designing a fitness center from the ground up. “It’s crazy,” said Wilcox, who graduated in July 2021. “I’m amazed every day that I’ve gotten this opportunity.” Always athletically inclined, Wilcox…