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John Vanore Named Artist in Residence at Widener

Vanore will hold annual recital and book additional concerts at Widener as Artist in Residence.

John Vanore of Springfield, Pa., has been appointed Artist in Residence at Widener University. Vanore’s appointment takes effect July 1, 2015, following his retirement from the university as director of music and recording technology.

As Artist in Residence, Vanore, an accomplished jazz musician, will hold a professional jazz recital once a year on Widener’s Main Campus and help book additional professional concerts in Widener’s newly renovated recital hall. He will also remain director of Widener’s jazz band, a role he has taken on for more than 40 years.

“We are happy that John will continue to work with us as we add to the foundation that he has built and continue to grow the music program at Widener,” said Dr. Sharon Meagher, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Music and the arts can and should play an important role in the lives of our students and are an important way to connect to the community and fulfill Widener's mission as a metropolitan anchor institution committed to civic engagement and leadership development.”

Vanore earned his bachelor’s degree from Widener’s predecessor institution PMC Colleges in 1969. As a student, he practiced the trumpet six hours a day and studied with a composer. Soon after graduation, he returned to the university as director of the jazz band and was appointed director of music in 1974. He designed a music program for non-majors, and in addition to the jazz band, led the brass and wind ensembles and the Pep Band through 2010.

Vanore’s appointment as Artist in Residence coincides with the establishment of the John A. Vanore Fund for the Performing Arts by an anonymous alumnus. The fund will help ensure that Vanore’s vision for a robust music and performing arts program continues to be realized at Widener.

Vanore has sustained successful concurrent careers as a trumpeter-composer and a music producer. He toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra and has played trumpet to accompany such notable entertainers as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, and more. He writes and plays music with his band, Abstract Truth, which formed in the late 1980s and gained national acclaim with a number of successful jazz albums. As a producer, he has received a Gold Record for his production of Michael Crawford’s “On Eagles Wings” and has produced recordings for Angel/EMI Records, Windham Hill Atlantic, PBS and Miramax.

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university’s website,