Contributed by Angie Smock, LIS Communication Specialist
(with the help of Veronica, Misti and Matt)
Library and Information Services welcomed several new members to the department this past year. Joining us are Veronica Pejril, Misti Shaw and Matt Champagne — learn more about them here, and when you have a moment, stop in to see them in their offices at the new Green Center for the Performing Arts.
Instructional Technologist/Coordinator of the Music Instructional Technology Center (MITC) and Part-time Instructor of Music
Last January, Veronica became our new MITC Coordinator. In this capacity, she teaches courses in pedagogical and creative uses of music technology, placing special focus on assisting faculty members with curricular technology needs, particularly related to multimedia and social computing.
Roni received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Fine Arts from Princeton University, in Music Composition. She studied composition and computer/electronic music techniques with Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey and Milton Babbitt, with a special compositional focus on “installation music,” that fits a particular environment. Her music has been featured in special exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Prior to arriving at DePauw, Roni taught music and humanities courses for the City Colleges of Chicago.
Music/Performing Arts Librarian and Coordinator of the Music and Performing Arts Library
Misti came to DePauw in June from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she served as the sabbatical replacement Music Librarian. She has a B.M. in cello performance from Oklahoma City University, an M.A. in music history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, and an M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas. While a graduate assistant at UNT, Shaw assisted in conducting research, writing, and web page design for the UNT Virtual Rare Book Room website. She is a member of the Music Library Association, and serves on the Information-Sharing subcommittee, and is also a member of the Music Library Association—Midwest Chapter, and serves on the Technology, Archives, Preservation, and Sound committee.
Misti has enjoyed being part of the DePauw community and says, “What I really like about working at DePauw are my constant opportunities to meet the needs of both the School of Music, and the campus itself. I love meeting with classes to give instruction, meeting with faculty to discuss their needs, and meeting with students to give one-on-one assistance.It’s the public services side to my position that I find to be most rewarding.”
Matt arrived on campus this summer to begin work in the newly created position, Recording Arts Specialist.. Prior to coming to DePauw, Matt spent a year at the University of Nebraska at Omaha teaching music technology and administering their recording studio, and seven years as a freelance classical recording engineer, primarily in the San Francisco Bay area. He has received the degrees Bachelor of Music (Louisiana State University) in composition and Master of Music (University of Louisiana) in composition and theory; he engaged in further graduate study in musicology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he studied primarily experimental and electronic music of the period 1965-75. A trained bass-baritone, Matthew’s performance work was divided between early and baroque music, on one hand, and twentieth-century music on the other.
Matt’s recording work focuses on the interplay of performance and space. He is interested most of all in creating natural-sounding recordings which do not assert their artificiality, but instead become transparent portals to the performances they represent.
He is a voting member of the Audio Engineering Society, and his work appears in the Centaur Records catalog.