College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music, Theatre & Film

Student Spotlight

Keara Parciak

Keara Parciak ’14 is a Music and French double major who studies piano, voice, and music composition.  She is currently a member of the Saint Joseph's University Singers, Opera Workshop, and Chapel Choir.  She is also active as a cantor, holds an officer position in University Singers, and recently composed a work for solo flute which was premiered in a concert celebrating Debussy’s 150th birthday. Last spring she spent the semester studying piano and voice in French at the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.  This summer, Keara composed a classical mass for piano and four-part choir as part of the Summer Scholars program.  Keara plans to attend graduate school for Sacred Music with a double concentration in piano and music composition.


Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen (Class of 2016) is a Theatre/Film major with an emphasis in musical theatre.  She has performed in numerous musical productions at SJU including Next To Normal (Natalie), Guys & Dolls (Adelaide) and West Side Story (Anita). She spent last summer in New York City at CAP 21 completing an intensive study program in voice, dance and acting.  She is currently in rehearsal for Avenue Q at SJU and plans to attend Unified Professional Theatre Auditions in the fall.



Ian Glatts

Ian Glatts is a senior Film major currently studying abroad at the Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.  After three years of film study on campus, Ian was looking to round out his undergraduate experience by immersing himself completely in an international program completely devoted to the practice of film. Ian writes that, "As a film major, feasibility in the midst of adversity encompasses ninety-nine percent of the work process."  Taking his experience on campus at SJU and applying it firsthand in a more laboratory setting abroad, Ian is putting theory into practice and working to "prove that I will be able to thrive in such an environment."

Nicole Benzing

Nicole Benzing is a sophomore Music Major who plays guitar and bassoon and is currently adding piano to her list of instruments.  She also plays guitar for SJU Chapel Choir. Over the past summer, she attended the Music Ministry Alive Convention in St Paul Minnesota. Her goals in the music industry include pursuing a graduate degree in music therapy and a career in the music therapy industry teaching children with autism.

Megan O'Donnell 

 Megan O'Donnell '17 is a Theatre/Film Major.  Since arriving at SJU in 2013, Megan has served as Assistant Stage Manager for both "Next to Normal" and "Guys & Dolls". She will be taking on the role of Production Stage Manager for "West Side Story" in the Fall of 2014.  Megan was awarded the Frank Olley Theatre Scholarship and looks forward to pursuing a career in Professional Stage Management.