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New Professors Join Franciscan University Sacred Music Program

9/10/2013 - 8:15 AM PST

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STEUBENVILLE, OH (September 10, 2013) - The Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville began the fall semester under the leadership of two new music professors.

Dr. Jessica Bachicha Ewell joins the Franciscan faculty to teach voice, music theory, and survey of sacred and religious music, among other courses.

Ewell holds a doctorate of musical arts from the Catholic University of America and a master of music from New England Conservatory of Music. She has taught voice in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom and has given lectures on music history and philosophy.

Ewell was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Educationís article, ďThe Grand Vision of a Blind Soprano,Ē which described how Ewell developed her deep love of music despite her blindness.

Mr. Nicholas Will is an organist and conductor holding a master of music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching organ lessons and directing the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and Franciscan University Chorale, he teaches courses in music theory, music history, ear training, and Gregorian chant. Will has performed throughout the Eastern United States, Belgium, Holland, and France as an organist, conductor, and accompanist.

Franciscan Universityís Sacred Music Program prepares students for careers as classically trained professional musicians, either in voice or organ. Along with traditional courses of private study, theory, and history, students focus intensively on the Catholic Churchís rich musical tradition, including Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, and the great works of all ages.

For more information on the Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University, visit or call Admissions at 800-783-6220.


Franciscan University of Steubenville  OH, 43952 US
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