By Barbara Vance
Two years ago, IU was recognized as a Center of Excellence of the French Embassy! As one of only 25 such centers hosted by US universities, we now enjoy a special relationship with the French Embassy and its regional representatives like the Chicago Consulate and its Cultural Services. Thanks to the annual stipend generously provided by the French Embassy and a special competitive grant awarded in 2022, this past year, Professor Alison Calhoun collaborated with colleagues in the Jacobs School of Music to produce Mélodie: French Art Song, a series of four interdisciplinary, interactive workshops open to students in Music and French as well as the general public. In addition to hearing superb performances of art song, the genre that defined the Belle Epoque, participants were treated to a series of dialogues between French opera star/author François LeRoux (Le Chant Intime, Oxford, 2021) and IU professors Calhoun, Jean-Louis Haguenauer (Jacobs School), Allan Armstrong (Jacobs School), and Nicolas Valazza (FRIT). Each workshop included a master class with IU voice and piano students. You can see and listen to the last class here.
In addition to sponsoring special events such as Mélodie, the French Embassy invites our students to apply for prestigious internships that use their French skills in practical ways.