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Washington Adventist University and Howard Community College Sign Agreement to Help Music Students Earn Their Bachelor’s Degree

Photo: (from l. to r.) Dr. Daniel Lau, WAU Associate Professor of Music; Dr. Patrick Williams, Dean, WAU School of Arts and Social Sciences; Dr. James Bingham, Chair, WAU Department of Music; Dr. Hsien-Ann Meng, Chair, HCC Music Department; Dr. Jean Svacina, Vice President, HCC Academic Affairs; Dr. Weymouth Spence, WAU President; Dr. Cheryl Kisunzu, WAU Provost; and Valerie Lash, Dean, HCC Arts and Humanities Division.

Takoma Park, Md. (March 2, 2017) Washington Adventist University (WAU) and Howard Community College (HCC) have signed an articulated agreement that will smooth the transition for transfer students seeking a bachelor’s degree in music. WAU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, and Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Music Education degrees.

“Our WAU mission and vision compel us to ‘engage minds and transform lives.’ Therefore, we are deeply pleased that, through this formal relationship with Howard Community College, this commitment is now more fully advanced,” said WAU Provost Cheryl Harris Kisunzu, Ph.D. “It is with rich anticipation that we look forward to the dreams of professional career advancement that will be realized through this partnership in ways that will enrich communities beyond anything that we can ask or think.”

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Howard Community College Music Department offers academic instruction in music performance, composition, technology, and music therapy. The curriculum is designed for transfer to baccalaureate degree and conservatory programs.

“Howard Community College Music Department is pleased that this new partnership is creating a pathway for HCC music students,” said Dr. Hsien-Ann Meng, chair of the Howard Community College Music Department. “At WAU, Howard Community College transfer students will have the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s finest musicians.”

Under the agreement, Howard Community College music students who earn an associate degree and have at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) will be guaranteed admission to WAU, transferring to a junior standing. HCC students will also be eligible to compete for need and non-need based scholarships, including the Dean’s Scholarship awards of $3,000 annually for transfer students with at least a 3.2 GPA; and the Founder’s Scholarship awards of $1,500 annually for transfer students with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.19.

“I am delighted that Howard Community College is the first community college to have an articulated agreement with the Washington Adventist University Department of Music,” said James Bingham, Ph.D. and chair of the department. “We look forward to helping HCC students finish their four-year undergraduate degrees at WAU, and trust that there will be future dialogue when this University has the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree as part of its offerings. Dr. Meng, chair of the HCC Music Department, and I have promised to remain in close contact on all issues that could benefit both institutions.”

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Music at Washington Adventist University offers students the opportunity to perform in a variety of venues across the globe. Such venues have included The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. WAU performance organizations include the Washington Concert Winds; Pro Musica; Columbia Collegiate Chorale; and the New England Youth Ensemble and Carnegie Scholars program.

For more information about the Washington Adventist University Department of Music, go to the website, or call 301-891-4000.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

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