Creative Expressions - Music Cafe - April 30, 2020
Creative Expressions: Music Cafe
Thursday, April 30th, 5pm
The SUNY Empire community has a rich and varied artist community. Come and meet our “artists in residence” and learn a little about their creative expressions, their process, and them! Our artists will also host a Q&A session following their presentations. If you missed our previous sessions or cannot make it this week, all of the sessions are recorded and the videos can be found at this link.
The sessions happen every Thursday at 5pm in Zoom at this link.
Featured this week will be conversations and live musical performances by: Julie Gedro and John Lawless.
Host: Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein
John and Julie have performed at many formal and informal gatherings at the college. You might have heard them at an All College or Fall Academic Conference in the past. On Thursday, you will be able to hear them play their guitars and sing for us from their home “studios”. They will perform individually and together, as well as speak a little about their musical influences and love of music. To get a sense of some of what you might hear, Julie shared that her dream choir would include Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Cash, Tracy Chapman, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Roseanne Cash, John Prine, Joan Armatrading, Christine McVie, Melissa Etheridge, George Strait, Emily and Amy, and Vince Gill.
Julie Gedro (guitar and vocals): Julie Gedro earned her Ed.D. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Georgia while she held positions in Human Resource Management and Development in financial software and telecommunications corporations headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.A. in Economics and English from the College of William and Mary, and an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. Julie made an adventurous and fulfilling transition from corporate to academia in 2003 when she joined the faculty at Empire State College where she now serves as Dean of the School of Business. Julie serves as Vice President for Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue which is serendipitously headquartered in Music City USA (a/k/a Nashville). Music is one of her lifelong passions. Julie is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester where she serves on the Vestry and sings 2nd Alto in the Choir.
John Lawless (guitar and vocals): John Lawless, Ph.D., MPH is the interim Vice Provost for Academic Administration in the Office of Academic Affairs. He started at Empire State College in 2006 as a mentor in Community and Human Services at the Utica location. Dr. Lawless’ career has spanned human services, psychology, human development, and public health. He lives in New Hartford, NY and enjoys skiing, playing guitar, and hiking (member of the ADK 46er club).