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Gregor Thuswaldner

Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago. He is also Co-Founder and Senior Fellow of the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts. With Prof. Dr. Armin Eidherr and Prof. Dr. Dr. Jens Zimmermann he is general editor of the Institute’s Symphilologus book series. For the Salzburg Institute Summer Program he has taught the Institute's core class and interdisciplinary seminars including "The Masters of Suspicion: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud," The Austrian Mind, " and (with Jens Zimmermann) "Language, Culture and Interpretation."   A native of Salzburg, Austria, he studied German and English at the University of Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, the University of Vienna (Mag. phil.) and received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2003 until 2016, Dr. Thuswaldner was Professor of German and Linguistics at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a Senior Fellow in Gordon’s Center for Faith and Inquiry. In the spring of 2016, he was Interim Director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry. In 2006 Dr. Thuswaldner received Gordon’s Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. From 2006 until 2012 he chaired Gordon's Department of Languages and Linguistics.   Dr. Thuswaldner has published a number of journal articles and book chapters and more than fifty articles and book reviews in German, Austrian, and American newspapers and magazines including Salzburger Nachrichten, Die Furche, and Die Zeit. He is the author of  "Morbus Austriacus:" Thomas Bernhards Österreichkritik (2011; 2nd edition 2012); editor of Derrida und danach? Literaturtheoretische Diskurse der Gegenwart (2008); co-editor of Der untote Gott: Religion und Ästhetik in deutscher und österreichischer Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts (2007) and Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (2016). In addition he translated Felix Mitterer's play Jägerstätter (with Robert Dassanowsky, 2015) and Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Everyman for Every Child (with Pamela Thuswaldner, 2015). He is currently working on five book projects at different stages, including the second volume in the Salzburg Institute's Symphilologus book series titled Beyond, Behind, and Between Good and Evil in Contemporary Cultures which is under contract with New Academic Press in Vienna. His essay collection titled The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature (co-edited with Dan Russ) is forthcoming with Palgrave.   Dr. Thuswaldner is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is also an active member of several European and American academic and professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association, PEN American Center, and PEN Austria, and holds three elected positions: he serves on the boards of the American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance, the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache. In addition, he was recently elected as Vice President of the Austrian Studies Association.  

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C. Thomas Brooks

C. Thomas Brooks, Managing Director of the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts and Executive Director of the Salzburg Institute Chamber Music Concert Series, has performed as both conductor and clinician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Salzburg Cathedral. Since 1971 he has served on the faculties of many institutions including the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford CT, Texas Tech university in Lubbock TX, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Gordon College in MA where he was the Chair of Fine Arts for three years and Chair of the Music Department as well as Director of Choral Activities for over twenty years.His choral work has been both varied and broad. He has served as conductor of the Mercyhurst College Choir and Chamber Singers, the Hartt Chorale, the Hartt Collegiate Singers, the Hartt Touring Opera Theatre, the University (Hartford) Civic Chorus and Chamber Choir, Texas Tech University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the Tech Collegiate Singers, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts Choir. During his tenure in Chicago, he also served as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of Vocal Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.As a professional opera and choral conductor Mr. Brooks has been guest conductor for the Portland Repertory Opera Theatre (ME), guest conductor with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and a conductor with Commonwealth Opera (MA), musical director of the Northshore Light Opera Company (MA), musical director and conductor of the Tech summer musical theatre season. Other conducting credits include the Arts in Unison Bel Canto Opera Company (CT), Connecticut Light Opera on the Sound, the America's Youth in Concert Program to Europe, and the New Lyric Theatre (CT), which he also co-founded.His educational video series, Singing, Acting, Surviving, coauthored with stage director Ronald Luchsinger, was released by TRL Enterprises in conjunction with Schaffner Music Publishers, which also publishes the Thomas Brooks Choral Series.Since 1999 he has been Director of Music for Traditional Services at the historic Park Street Church in Boston.In 2008 he was named conductor of the Boston area chamber choir Lyricora.

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Stan Ford

Stan Ford is Professor of Piano at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and the Salzburg Institute's Artist-in-Residence, as well as the Artistic Director of the Salzburg Institute Chamber Music Concert Series. Prof. Ford, who hails from St. Louis Missouri, is equally at home in solo and chamber music and accomplished as well in the fields of musicology and pedagogy. He attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he majored in piano performance, chamber music, pedagogy, and music education and graduated with highest distinction in 1982 under the tutelage of Ruth Slenczynska. As a recitalist, Mr. Ford sets great store by presenting well-conceived, challenging programs, for which he also does in-depth music history research. In addition to regularly being invited to conduct international master classes, Professor Ford balances a very busy teaching schedule with solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe, North and South America and parts of Asia. He has also become well known through numerous public TV appearances, radio broadcasts and publications as well as performing at famous culture and music festivals including the Bregenz and Salzburg Festivals.

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Jens Zimmermann

Born and raised in Germany, Jens Zimmermann immigrated to Canada after completing two years of studying clarinet at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany, to major in English and Comparative Literature at the University of British Columbia. He graduated with a B.A. in English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1997. In 2010, Dr. Zimmermann received another Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Mainz in Germany. Dr. Dr. Zimmermann is a professor of humanities and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Interpretation, and Culture at Trinity Western University, and he is Scholar-in-Residence of the Salzburg Institute. He is the author of Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction (2015), Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture (2012); Recovering Theological Hermeneutics: An Incarnational-Trinitarian Theory of Interpretation (2004), and Theologische Hermeneutik (2008); co-author of The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education (2006); co-editor of Reimagining the Sacred (2015) and co-editor of Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy (2009). His articles have appeared in journals such as Christianity and Literature, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, the Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, the Journal for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, Philosophy Today, and Modern Theology. He pursues his research interests in the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and literature from a broadly continental philosophical framework to examine issues at the interface of religion, culture, and ethics. With Dr. Armin Eidherr and Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner he edits the Salzburg Institute's Symphilologus book series.

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Pamela Thuswaldner

Pamela Thuswaldner studied German at Louisiana State University, Universität Mainz-Germersheim, Universität Salzburg, and Bowling Green State University. After receiving her M.A., she was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for two years in Vienna, Austria. She has taught at universities and companies including Duke University, EMD Pharmaceuticals, Berlitz Language School in Vienna, Volkshochschule Favoriten in Vienna, Bowling Green State University, and BASF. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2011 Academic Service Award for distinguished teaching and service for part-time faculty at Gordon College. Currently she serves not only as adjunct professor of German and as director of the Fulbright Program at Gordon College, but also as a German teacher at the Deutsche Sonnabendschule Boston and as an instructor of German and ESL at Osram Sylvania in Danvers, MA.

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Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks, soprano, has enjoyed an active career as both a performer and a highly-respected, successful educator. After her undergraduate study, she received a Master of Music degree in voice from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a doctoral Artist’s Diploma in both voice and opera from the Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT. As a versatile singer, Ms. Brooks has performed extensively in oratorio, recital, opera, chamber opera and operetta. She has sung with Connecticut Opera, Arts in Unison Opera Company, New Lyric Theatre, Hartt Opera Theater, Eastman Opera Theater, and Hartt Summer Repertory Company. Her extensive repertoire list features roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Don Giovanni, Carmen, La Sonnambula, La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and The Merry Widow. Her solo oratorio performances have included the Bach St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat, the B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah and St. John Passion, most of the Haydn and Mozart masses as well as Haydn’s Creation and the Mozart Requiem. Other credits include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Magnificat and Beatus Vir, the Fauré Requiem, and many twentieth century works of Britten, Honegger, and Vaughan Williams Ms. Brooks has appeared as guest soprano with many orchestras including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Hartford Philharmonia, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum, the Erie Philharmonic Chorus, the Southington (CT) and Mohawk Valley (NY) Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and the Indian Hill (MA) Symphony Orchestra.Her varied teaching career has taken her from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania to the Hartt School of Music and the New England Contemporary Institute of Arts, both in Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin Summer Clinics as well as the Chicago Academy of the Arts in Chicago. Ms. Brooks recently retired as Professor of Music from Gordon College (MA) where for twenty-five years she maintained a large voice studio while teaching a full range of music and voice-specific courses. She is one of the founders and instructors of the Salzburg Institute, as well as the Institute's Director of Fine Arts. She also serves as public relations director for Amoskeag Arts Enterprises, an organization dedicated to producing artistic renderings of events and circumstances from heritage and history.

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Armin Eidherr

Prof. Dr. Armin Eidherr is Professor of Jewish Cultural History at the University of Salzburg and Co-Organizer of the Salzburg Institute Symposium. He has published numerous books and articles on Austrian and German Jewish literature, including books on Yiddish literature. In 2000 he was awarded the Heinrich Voss prize, the most prestigious translation award in the German speaking world. His latest book publications include Zwischenwelt: Diaspora - Exil als Krisenerfarung. Jüdische Bilanzen und Perspektiven (Klagenfurt: Drava, 2006), which he co-edited with Gerhard Langer and Karl Mueller and Sonnenuntergang auf eisig-blauen Wegen: Zur Thematisierung von Diaspora und Sprache in der jiddischen Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts (Vienna: Vienna University Press, 2012).

 

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Jim Zingarelli

Jim Zingarelli (B.F.A. Pratt Institute, M.A. Trinity College, CT, Nicoli Botteghe Artistici di Scultura, Cararra, Italy)  is an painter and Professor of Art at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts  where he has taught since 1996. He currently teaching Drawing, Sculpture, Modern Art Seminar, Art and Vocation, and the Senior Thesis Exhibit Program. His primary work as an artist and teacher is oriented toward abstraction and contemporary art with an emphasis on interdisciplinary study within the fine arts . His most recent work collaborates with jazz musicians involving issues of tempo, chord structure, and color.   In addition to teaching in the Salzburg Institute, he has also taught in The Orvieto Semester, Italy and The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland, Vermont. His work has been exhibited at Dartmouth College, Yale University, Vorpal Gallery, NYC, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Boston, the Attleboro Museum, RI, the Pepper Gallery,Boston and with Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston.

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Michael Ellis Ingram

Michael Ellis Ingram of Columbia, Missouri, studied conducting with James Buswell, James Ross, and Ulrich Windfuhr, as well as piano with Mia Chung and Alina Polyakov.  He has taught conducting at the historic conservatories of Leipzig and Dresden and guest lectured at the New England Conservatory and the University of Maryland School of Music.  As a contemporary music specialist, he has collaborated with dozens of living composers as well as with poets, painters, dancers, filmmakers, and actors to introduce new music to new audiences in unconventional venues.  Michael is currently First Kapellmeister at the Theater Nordhausen in central Germany where he conducts opera, operetta, musical theater, ballet, symphony concerts, and children’s concerts. Michael’s passion for music is matched by a deep love for the word, both written and spoken.  He has published poetry and prose, taught English grammar and literature, announced for National Public Radio, and delivered lectures on a myriad of topics ranging from music to theology. Michael has delivered guest lectures at the Salzburg Institute since its inception in 2011 and now serves as Director of Musical Studies.  He teaches music courses, leads masterclasses and special topics seminars, and delivers pre-concert lectures for the Salzburg Chamber Music Concert Series. Watch some of his recent performances here.  

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Andreas Weiss

Andreas Weiss is a specialist for product- and project management and has worked in the consumer goods industry for more than 20 years. He is also a specialist for marketing and can recourse to real practical hands-on project experience and know-how in the industry and international business. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, Germany, with an engineering degree he became a design engineer in the consumer goods industry. Very quickly his career and interest developed to oversee projects with relocating a factory to the Far East and founding a sales office in Germany for a British/Chinese group of companies. His duties included being responsible for marketing, product management and sales. He then accepted a job at one of the market leading company in the model train industry, Märklin, to assume product and program management for a complete product line being responsible for approx. 10 million EUR turnover per year. Subsequently Andreas Weiss followed a call to Salzburg, Austria, to head the product management departments for both model train brands Roco and Fleischmann, responsible for about 50 million EUR turnover per year. Since 2010 he is running his own consulting firm specializing in product- and project management, product development processes and marketing with his wide international and interdisciplinary expertise. In 2011 and 2012 Andreas Weiss has organized with Dr. Stan Ford the Salzburg International Chamber Music Concert series for Salzburg International Christian Church and in 2013 – again with Stan Ford as artistic director – the Salzburger Kammermusik Konzerte for the Salzburg Institute. More Information: www.andreasweisswas.com

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