USM Celebrates Spring with Modernist Poems & Art-Songs

3/9/2017 12:00:00 AM
(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary will present a unique program of Modernist American poems and art-songs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in the Mead Hall Walnut Room on USM’s Leavenworth campus, 4100 South 4th Street.  
The event is free and open to the public.
Two USM humanities professors, Sister Susan Rieke, SCL, Ph. D., professor of English, and Dr. William Krusemark, professor of music and the Sister Mary Janet McGilley Chair, have combined their students and classes to present an evening of poetry by Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Langford Hughes with art-song settings of those same poems by Celius Dougherty, Ned Rorem, Aaron Copland, and Rickey Ian Gordon.
The program coincides with and celebrates the vernal equinox—speaking of spring and renewal. Sister Rieke will serve as moderator, while Dr. Krusemark and Christina Liu will serve as piano accompanists.
This event is sponsored by the Sister Mary Janet McGilley Chair for Liberal Studies—honoring the late Sister Mary Janet, a published poet and professor of English at the University of Saint Mary. For 25 years (1964-89), Sr. Mary Janet also served as president of Saint Mary. Consistent with Sr. Mary Janet’s example of teaching excellence, USM established the McGilley Chair Award in 1990—a three-year position honoring a faculty member’s commitment to and excellence in teaching the liberal arts.
For more information on this event, email Dr. Krusemark at

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park Campus at 4500 College Boulevard offers evening accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit for more information.