Visiting professor, artist associate enrich the words and music of Davidson.
By John Syme
Word s and music have two new champions on campus this semester. Novelist Thomas Mallon is this year’s John ’55 and Ruth McGee Professor of Writing. Mallon delivered the signature McGee lecture in January and is teaching fiction, creative non-fiction, and independent study courses. His semester also has been busy with travel and phone interviews in support of the newly released and critically acclaimed Watergate: A Novel (Pantheon, Feb. 2012).
Mallon’s eight books of fiction include Henry and Clara, Two Moons, and Dewey Defeats Truman. A recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, he has written six books of non-fiction, including A Book of One’s Own: People and Their Diaries. Mallon directs the Creative Writing Program at The George Washington University.
“When I arrived on the Davidson campus in January,” Mallon said, “I was worried about how I would ever fill up the three-hour class times. Within a week, I’d learned how articulate and eager for discussion the students are: now, most days, I worry that we’ll run out of time.”
In Sloan Music Center, the arrival of Artist Associate Rosemary Furniss has added a graceful note to the air.
Furniss, a violinist, concertmaster, chamber musician, and teacher, was a protégée of the late Lord Menuhin, and studied with Fredrick Grinke, Alberto Lysy, and Ivan Galamian. She has appeared as soloist with Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé, Singapore Symphony, Scottish Chamber, and Royal Philharmonic. She was a violin professor at the Royal College of Music in London before moving to Charlotte with her husband, Christopher Warren- Green. As a Charlotte Symphony Artist in Residence for music education, she was selected as the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Charlotte Chapter’s 2011 Outstanding Champion of Diversity.
Furniss is artistic director and concertmaster of the London Chamber Orchestra and recently performed at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. She was awarded a RAM fellowship and is also a Churchill Fellow.
At Davidson, she performs with her piano trio, teaches individual violin lessons, and offers a group class to encourage Davidson students to play with confidence in front of their classmates.