Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department

Visual Arts

ceramicsIn these classes, students may develop skills in traditional art forms such as painting, drawing, and ceramics. In our Visual Communication area, students also use new media art forms that incorporate the use of computer and digital technology. Art appreciation and art history courses enrich students' understanding of all the visual arts and the ways in which artists explore and communicate the depths of human experience within their chosen medium. The Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building hosts numerous shows throughout the year and is an important part of our educational programming for our art students.

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Performing Arts

Areas include MusicTheater, and Dance.

MusicIn Music, applied lessons in a variety of instruments and in voice are taught by highly qualified musicians. In addition to private instruction, students may develop performance skills by participating in Concert BandChoir, and Jazz Ensembles. Foundation courses for musicians such as Music TheorySight-Singing and Ear-Training are offered as are courses in Music Technology. Many of theses classes are taught in our Music Laboratory, where student learning is enhanced through the use of computer technology. Every semester, several classes in music appreciation and music history are offered as well. These courses are available both on campus as well as online.

PlayThe Theater area offers a wide array of courses and programming. Classes that teach students to appreciate and understand theater as an art form are enjoyed by many students every semester. In addition, several classes in acting are offered in which students learn basic techniques of characterization, script analysis, auditioning and other skills crucial to the beginning actor. The Theater area also produces a four-production season each year. Classics, comedies, serious dramas as well as musicals are included in our programming. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and at affordable prices. Plays are presented in the intimate studio space in the Fine Arts building (Cox Auditorium) and musicals are produced in the larger Performing Arts Center in the Robert Collins Center building on the east side of campus.

The Performing Arts area also includes courses in Dance Appreciation.

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Music Program

Triton College's Music Program is designed to offer all freshman and sophomore-level coursework for the Bachelor of Music or Music Education degree for students planning to pursue this degree at a four-year institution.

Music study at Triton College prepares students for careers in education, performance, or music technology. The variety of courses offered, state-of-the art facilities, and renowned faculty offer a rewarding yet affordable music education.

Dr. Joann Cho

Dr. Joann Cho

  • Lead Instructor of Music
  • Director of Choral Activities
  • Music Theory
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Applied Piano

(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3350
joanncho@triton.edu

Pianist, composer, and improviser Joann Cho performs regularly with Chicago based contemporary music ensembles Picosa, Fonema Consort, and Aperiodic. She has recently performed with members of Dal Niente, Eighth Blackbird, and Spektral Quartet in performances at Goodspeed Hall (University of Chicago), Gottlieb Hall (Merit School), Preston Bradley Hall (Chicago Cultural Center), and the Garfield Park Conservatory. Cho was a collaborating artist for "*And" - a 2013 release by Chicago based tape label, Parlour Tapes+, and she is currently recording an album of contemporary solo piano works entitled Elaeth Songs.

Cho received her M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California Santa Barbara in music composition, and her B.M. from Northwestern University in piano performance and music composition. Cho is currently the Director of Bands and Choral Activities at Triton College. She also serves as music director for the Hobart Shakespeareans, an internationally recognized youth Shakespeare program in Los Angeles, lead by Rafe Esquith. Cho lives with her husband, Jonathon and their son, Elaeth in Forest Park.

Adjunct Faculty

NameArea of teachingEmail
Alex Beltran --- alexanderbeltran@triton.edu
Dr. Tim Burns --- timothyburns@triton.edu
Soo-Yon Choi --- sooyouchoi@triton.edu
Natalie Colas --- nathaliecolasgrant@triton.edu
James Davis Jazz Studies jamesdavis@triton.edu
David Flippo --- davidflippo@triton.edu
Vince Genualdi --- ---
Josh Graham --- joshuagraham@triton.edu
Dr. Peter Jermihov Applied Voice peterjermihov@triton.edu
Ray Koehler Jazz/Rock Piano reimundkoehler@triton.edu
Dr. Julie Koidin Applied Flute juliekoidin@triton.edu
Dr. Akiko Konishi Applied Music akikokonishi@triton.edu
Ingrid Israel Mikolajczyk Applied Voice ingridmikolajczyk@triton.edu
Tara Lynn Ramsey Applied Violin tararamsey@triton.edu
Christopher Sies Percussion christophersies@triton.edu
Jon Smith Electronic Music jonathansmith@triton.edu
Michael Staron Applied Bass michaelstaron@triton.edu
Jeremy David Ward Historical Performance jeremyward@triton.edu
Dr. Ann Yi Applied Piano annyi@triton.edu

 


Communication Arts

This area of the Fine Arts department includes Speech Communication and Mass Communication.

In Speech classes, students learn how to effectively communicate ideas and feelings through the spoken word. As a core component within our General Education curriculum, most students who pursue a degree at Triton College will enroll in one of our Principles of Effective Speaking classes. Some students may wish to take our Advanced Public Speaking class or Introduction to Performance Studies class as well. Additional course offerings include Interpersonal CommunicationIntercultural CommunicationSmall Group Communication and Gender and Communication.

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Mass Communication

Students explore human communication in its many mediated forms, including radio, television, film, print, the internet, and even hip-hop music! Our Film History and Appreciation courses are especially popular with students.

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Contact Information

Kevin Li
Dean, Arts and Sciences
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3508
kevinli2@triton.edu

Anita Bross
Instructor of Speech
anitabross@triton.edu

Dennis Keith McNamara
Department Chair
Lead Instructor Music
Art Gallery Director
Office: J-221
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3350
dennismcnamara@triton.edu

Dr. Joann Cho
Lead Instructor of Music
Office: J-221
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3350
joanncho@triton.edu

Archawee Dhamavasi
Instructor of Speech
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3255
archaweedhamavasi@triton.edu

Lorette Dodt, M.A.
Coordinator
Instructor of Visual Communications
Office: T-153
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3519
lorettedodt@triton.edu

Michael Erzen
Instructor of Art
Office: J-227
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3225
michaelerzen@triton.edu

Seth McClellan
Instructor of Mass Communication
Office: A-113
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3451
sethmcclellan@triton.edu

Kathleen Navilio
Faculty Advisor, 5th Avenue Journal
Office: T-153
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3528
kathynavilio@triton.edu

Kent Randall
Instructor of Speech
Office: J-216
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3477
kentrandall@triton.edu

Lisa Samra
Lead Instructor of Theatre and Speech
Office: J-220
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3421
lisasamra@triton.edu