Tribs Faculty Feature highlights collaboration

In case you didn’t get the memo, Tributaries, IWU’s student-run literary magazine, is presenting their first Faculty Feature of the semester tonight, Tuesday, February 16,  at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall—coincidentally, in Room 16.

The emphasis this time is on collaboration, and the colloquium features local writer and English alum Nancy Steele Brokaw (’71) and Professor David Vayo, director of the music composition department at IWU. They will present sections from the spring opera Fertile Ground, which they wrote, and talk about the collaboration between a writer and musician. Last year, Brokaw collaborated with Professor Robert Bray on the locally produced and performed play, Lincoln’s In Town! Brokaw is also a former feature writer for The Pantagraph and a children’s book author.

Vayo has received awards and commissions from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, ASCAP, and numerous other agencies and organizations. His compositions have been performed more than 300 times, including venues in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, German, France, and Thailand.

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