College students to perform two operas

first_imgSaint Mary’s College will look to hit the right note this weekend as six students perform two short operas this weekend. The performances of “The Old Maid and the Thief” and “The Telephone,” both by Gian Carlo Menotti, will showcase the talents of students involved in a one-credit opera workshop, associate professor of music Laurel Thomas said. “In the semesters we do opera workshop, students can receive one credit for taking the class,” she said. “The term ‘opera workshop’ is used quite loosely, in the sense that we might do a one-act opera in its entirety, or we might do several scenes from different operas, which is how the term is usually used.” Thomas said the College presents a staged musical performance each year within the music department, with the exception of every fourth year, where the College teams the music and theatre departments to create a full-length musical. “Every fourth year we do a large musical together,” she said. “We are currently in discussion about doing a smaller musical every other year, and we tried this last fall when we collaborated to produce ‘Into the Woods’ by Stephen Sondheim.” Thomas said she is responsible for selecting music each year that caters to the students’ skill set. “I always choose the opera or opera scenes based on the students in the department who are musically capable and interested in working hard on a production,” she said. Thomas said the operas she selected this year are comical, and will showcase each performer’s talent. “I hope that people will enjoy the music, find the singing of high quality, but mostly, that they will be able to laugh and have fun,” she said. “The Telephone” runs about 20 minutes long and is about a female character, Lucy, who is on the telephone with Ben, who is trying to propose to her. “It is an earlier case of a problem we still have today — technology getting in the way of true communication,” Thomas said. The plot of “The Old Maid and the Thief” reflects the history of 1930s — the era in which it was written. “‘The Old Maid and the Thief’ reflects Menotti’s view of this town and its inhabitants,” she said. “Though it is a comedy, the female roles in this opera are not necessarily all likeable. It was the first opera written for radio broadcast, another indication of its era.” The operas will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre in Moreau Hall. Tickets are free for students and cost $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $8 for faculty and staff of the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College.last_img read more

Tips for text messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brittany Farb Gruber Brittany Farb Gruber is a Chicago-based communications professional with nearly 10 years of experience as a writer, editor and content marketer at a variety of trade publications, non-profit organizations, and … Web: Details It’s not a secret that credit unions are fiercely devoted to their members. When the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world, credit unions were faced with new challenges that included navigating lobby closures, jammed phone lines, member anxieties, and more. While text messaging is the best way to stay engaged with members, it’s also important to follow best practices in order to better serve members and to avoid turning them off at such a pivotal time. Here are a few tips to ensure that your credit union is best communicating with members:Avoid Information OverloadIt seems like almost all brands across all industries are flooding consumers with repetitive messages for the sake of staying relevant. While it’s important to communicate during the pandemic, it’s even more imperative to provide your members the most useful information to avoid having your messages go unnoticed. If your credit union is offering lowered interest rates on loans, that should be communicated first to show both empathy for your members while providing them an actual benefit to help. Avoid Negativity Although messages alerting members of new virus cases, lockdowns and other pandemic updates may be well-intentioned, they may cause hysteria and result in anxiety levels to continue to rise. Sharing messages that cause both awareness and purpose to help the situation should be top of mind. Prioritize texts that offer accurate information and provide encouragement during this difficult time. Prioritize EmpathyWhile text messaging may have simply been used for informational purposes prior to the pandemic, now is the time to take a sensitive approach that takes into account what your members are going through. For example, if your credit union is taking extra steps to help those in need, certainly communicate that story. Focusing on sensitivity will help your credit union build valuable, loyal relationships with members long after this crisis is over.Don’t Forget About ComplianceCompliance regulations play a big role in sending messages, even in times of emergencies. Eltropy understands these regulations may seem cumbersome and difficult to navigate, especially with the chaos of our current situation. We are committed to showing credit unions how to obtain consent through a variety of ways, including messaging sign ups, email campaigns and more. Learn more by checking out Eltropy’s Credit Union’s Guide to Text Messaging Compliance.Get Personal Personalized messaging always helps you stand out. During a crisis, addressing your members by name is essential. With stress levels at all-time highs, making your member feel as though you specifically thought of them as you constructed the message is your credit union’s duty. By providing members reasons to trust you, they are much more likely to show loyalty even after the pandemic resolves.   Eltropy’s analytics dashboard helps you gain important insight into your customers that can be used for crafting personalized messages. Additionally, you can create custom, editable message templates – allowing you to share relevant content fast.Want to learn more about how Eltropy can help your credit union navigate times of crisis? Request a demo today.last_img read more