A-B Tech Fine and Performing Arts

A-B Tech Fine and Performing Arts AB Tech's Fine and Performing Art Department offers college transfer courses in both Art and Music within the Arts and Science Division.
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Our Art and Music courses satisfy the General Education Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement for the AA and AS Degrees. We also offer an Associate of Fine Art Degree, after which students will be eligible for admission into a university B.F.A. program, pending portfolio review, as a junior. Our Art students can also apply to a variety of other creative programs, such as Interior and Graphic Design.

Mission: Prepare students for successful transfer into a College/University BA or BFA program.

08/12/2020

In addition to Music Appreciation and Intro to Jazz, The Fine and Performing Arts department at A-B Tech is offering the following online music classes this fall semester for those students and community members who are interested in developing their musicianship:

MUS 121 - Music Theory I
MUS 125 - Aural Skills I
MUS 131 - Chorus I

For more information, please contact music faculty Jason DeCristofaro at [email protected], or you can contact him at (828)273-8254

The A-B Tech Fine and Performing Arts faculty are active as artists, performers, and scholars.  Music faculty Jason DeCr...
06/09/2020
June 2020 Percussive Notes

The A-B Tech Fine and Performing Arts faculty are active as artists, performers, and scholars. Music faculty Jason DeCristofaro, who teaches MUS 121 (Music Theory I), MUS 122 (Music Theory II), MUS 112 (Intro to Jazz), and MUS 110 (Music Appreciation), recently had his article "Exploring Textures in Jazz Vibraphone Performance" published in Percussive Notes, the official journal for the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). https://indd.adobe.com/view/46b621c5-8e43-4728-8f5b-a5a2ce04e087

AFA Visual Art student, Minna Honkakoski has been accepted into the Second Annual WNC Artist Open Show at ZaPow Gallery ...
03/04/2020

AFA Visual Art student, Minna Honkakoski has been accepted into the Second Annual WNC Artist Open Show at ZaPow Gallery showcasing narrative and pop art of artists from Asheville and surrounding area. This is her linocut titled "Riot Monkeys"

A-B Tech Ceramics Instructor, Beth Bond is the feature artist  at Odyssey Gallery the month of March. file:///C:/Users/s...
03/04/2020

A-B Tech Ceramics Instructor, Beth Bond is the feature artist at Odyssey Gallery the month of March.
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01/02/2020
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra at the Lindy Focus 2019

The A-B Tech Fine and Performing Arts faculty are active in the community as professional visual artists and musicians. Here is a video of music faculty Jason DeCristofaro playing vibraphone with the Jonathan Stout Orchestra at the 2019 Lindy Focus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnZpu-FPXME&feature=youtu.be

Playing vibraphone as a guest artist with the Jonathan Stout Orchestra at the 2019 Lindy Focus in Asheville, NC. This performance, a Tribute to Lionel Hampto...

12/10/2019
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech

You can hear the full A-B Tech Chorus perform this Friday at 1 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium on the A-B Tech main campus!

Members of the A-B Tech Chorus performed Friday evening at the annual holiday party for the Western NC Historical Association at the Smith-McDowell House.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech
12/10/2019

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech

The A-B Tech Chorus performing at the Western NC Historical Association’s holiday party.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech
12/10/2019

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, A-B Tech

A-B Tech Chorus Directors Joanna Best and Cary Fridley along with the Fine and Performing Arts Department invite everyone for a free Winter Chorus Concert at 1 p.m., Friday, December 13 in Ferguson Auditorium. First 20 people will have an honorarium in support of NC’s wild horses and receive a poster.

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Black & White. We take photos in color and then using various Photoshop tools, turn them int...
12/02/2019

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Black & White. We take photos in color and then using various Photoshop tools, turn them into black and white images. Student work by Jeremy Chisom, Hannah Massey and David Peck.

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Architecture. Facade, angles, details and buildings in their environments were all part of t...
11/29/2019

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Architecture. Facade, angles, details and buildings in their environments were all part of this assignment. Student work by Caitlyn Cravener, Michael Harrison, Hannah Massey and Hunter Shelly.

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Portrait Assignment. There are many different types of portraits, we focused on the candid, ...
11/27/2019

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Portrait Assignment. There are many different types of portraits, we focused on the candid, environmental and self-portrait. Student work by Jeremy Chisom, Hannah Massey and David Peck.

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Landscape assignment. Landscape can include water, cityscape, and the intimate (or close-up)...
11/25/2019

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Landscape assignment. Landscape can include water, cityscape, and the intimate (or close-up) landscape. Student work by Caitlyn Cravener, Michael Harrison, Hunter Shelly and Abe Vasquez.

Student work from Karahann Kiser's Digital Design I class.  The concept: Using at least 1 photographic element, and one ...
11/18/2019

Student work from Karahann Kiser's Digital Design I class. The concept: Using at least 1 photographic element, and one 3D element from Adobe Dimension, create an abstract composition.

Fall 2019 Digital Photo 1 - Our next assignment is taking the camera off program mode and setting the shutter speed. Eit...
10/29/2019

Fall 2019 Digital Photo 1 - Our next assignment is taking the camera off program mode and setting the shutter speed. Either show motion or stop motion. Student work by Caitlyn Cravener and Hannah Massey.

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Hard to believe we are half way through the semester. This assignment was to photograph one ...
10/22/2019

Fall 2019 Digital Photo I - Hard to believe we are half way through the semester. This assignment was to photograph one color in different lighting situations (inside, outside, sunlight, shade, etc).

What a wonderful BFA exhibition reception for A-B Tech AFA Alumni, Jodi O’Hara.  Congratulations Jodi!
10/20/2019

What a wonderful BFA exhibition reception for A-B Tech AFA Alumni, Jodi O’Hara. Congratulations Jodi!

Fall 2019 - Painting I class - Color Glaze acrylic painting assignment.  Work by:  Katherine McElhaney, Linda Welsh and ...
10/18/2019

Fall 2019 - Painting I class - Color Glaze acrylic painting assignment. Work by: Katherine McElhaney, Linda Welsh and Samantha Link.

Fall 2019 - Painting I class - Acrylic "grisaille" painting.  Works by:  Caitlin Wald, Kelly Lang, Leslie Reynalte-Llanc...
10/18/2019

Fall 2019 - Painting I class - Acrylic "grisaille" painting. Works by: Caitlin Wald, Kelly Lang, Leslie Reynalte-Llanco and Samantha Link.

Fall 2019 Drawing I class - This assignment focused on sighting, transparency and value.  Drawings by:  Prabhat Moore an...
10/18/2019

Fall 2019 Drawing I class - This assignment focused on sighting, transparency and value. Drawings by: Prabhat Moore and Sara Wheeler

Fall 2019 Drawing I student work.  These exercise assignments focused on either one point or two point perspective.  Stu...
10/18/2019

Fall 2019 Drawing I student work. These exercise assignments focused on either one point or two point perspective. Student work by: Duy Thai, Prabhat Moore and Sara Wheeler.

Congratulations to AB Tech AFA Alumni, Jodi O'Hara, who is having her BFA exhibition next Friday at the RAMP Gallery.
10/11/2019

Congratulations to AB Tech AFA Alumni, Jodi O'Hara, who is having her BFA exhibition next Friday at the RAMP Gallery.

The faculty in the Fine and Performing Arts department are active in a variety of capacities in the arts.  Music faculty...
09/22/2019
Singularity Triptych – Tapspace: creativity in percussion

The faculty in the Fine and Performing Arts department are active in a variety of capacities in the arts. Music faculty Jason DeCristofaro recently had his three-movement musical composition "Singularity Triptych" published by Tapspace Publications (https://www.tapspace.com/multipercussion/singularity-triptych). Here is a review of the piece from the most recent Percussive Notes, the journal for the Percussive Arts Society:

"Written as a musical representation of visual artwork from the late-19th through mid-20th centuries, 'Singularity Triptych' is an advanced three-movement solo for multiple percussion appropriate for an undergraduate percussion recital. The piece requires an expansive array of instruments and hardware, including hanging bell plates, muted triangles, five suspended cymbals, and a flat mounted bass drum. Because each movement is based on a specific piece of art, the composer recommends projecting these during performance to enhance the audience's appreciation and understanding. The composer provides essential information regarding instrument selection, suggested setup, and notation key in the included performances notes. This is particularly helpful for performers who are new to multiple percussion of this size. Suggestions for altering the instrument configuration are also included should the performer only have access to two triangles rather than the necessary four. The score itself is meticulously detailed withe everything from dampening indications and implement changes to phrase markings and dynamic contrast. There is a wide range of timbral options to explore throughout each of the three movements, making the piece equally as exciting for the listener as for the performer." Danielle Moreau

A three-movement, unpitched multipercussion solo where each movement is inspired by a famous work of art.

Heather Lewis' Art Appreciation class visiting the Haywood Street Congregation to view the Fresco being painted by Chris...
07/29/2019

Heather Lewis' Art Appreciation class visiting the Haywood Street Congregation to view the Fresco being painted by Christopher Holt as well as visiting the Blue Spiral Gallery in downtown Asheville.

Chorus classes (Chorus I (MUS 131), II (MUS 132),  III (MUS 231) and IV (MUS 232) are being offered and still have space...
07/17/2019

Chorus classes (Chorus I (MUS 131), II (MUS 132), III (MUS 231) and IV (MUS 232) are being offered and still have space.

Come explore an introduction to ceramics! Experience hand-building, wheel throwing, decorating and glazing techniques. P...
07/17/2019

Come explore an introduction to ceramics! Experience hand-building, wheel throwing, decorating and glazing techniques. Prepare to have a creative adventure and leave with handmade functional pieces. Hurry, space still available in ART 283 YD1 (MW - 9-11:15 am) and ART 283 YD2 (MW - 12-2:15 am). Fall semester begins August 19th.

07/11/2019

Here is what A-B Tech's Music Pathway graduates are up to after graduating from the program:

- Performing frequently throughout the region as a solo fingerstyle guitarist and working as a counselor and music teacher at Black Mountain Academy
- Working towards Bachelors of Science in Music Technology degree at UNC-Asheville
- Working towards Bachelors of Arts in Music degree (emphasis in Jazz piano) at Warren Wilson College

The pathway opens up multiple opportunities for employment in various music fields (teaching, performance, etc.), while also functioning as a 2+2 matriculation design for those students who wish to pursue further studies at a four-year institution. For more information on the music pathway, please contact Jason DeCristofaro at (828)273-8254 and Sharon Trammel at (828)398-7814.

07/02/2019

Are you a musician looking to improve your listening skills? A-B Tech is now offering Aural Skills this Fall taught by Cary Fridley. The class focus will be learning to identify — solely by hearing — pitches, intervals, melody, chords, rhythms, and other basic elements of music. Be sure to sign up for MUS 125-GD1 for this fall 2019 semester!

06/29/2019
Vibraphone Solo (Scrapple from the Apple)

A-B Tech Fine & Performing Arts faculty Jason DeCristofaro (Music Theory I & II, Intro to Jazz, Music Appreciation, and accompanist for the choir) performs a vibraphone solo at one of the two weekly Jazz jams he hosts in Western NC. Jason is one of several faculty in the Music Pathway at A-B Tech who actively performs every week in our region.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRVM1N9hHRA

Jason DeCristofaro takes a vibraphone solo on the classic Charlie Parker contrafact "Scrapple from the Apple" at the OWB West Monday Night Jazz Jam on June 1...

06/26/2019

Cary Fridley and Joanna Best will be the new directors of the A-B Tech Chorus (MUS 131) beginning this fall semester 2019. Expect some new and exciting changes to the ensemble, and be sure to register to be a part of a new chapter for the A-B Tech Chorus!

06/20/2019

A-B Tech offers several music courses this fall:

Music Theory I
Aural Skills I
Chorus
Music Appreciation
Intro to Jazz

For more information about these courses, please email [email protected]

Registration is now open for music theory I (MUS 121) at A-B Tech for fall semester 2019. In this class, taught by A-B T...
06/03/2019
Admissions Overview | Admissions | Asheville-Buncombe

Registration is now open for music theory I (MUS 121) at A-B Tech for fall semester 2019. In this class, taught by A-B Tech Fine & Performing Arts instructor, students focus on learning and developing the following skills:
1. Ear Training
2. Reading and writing musical notation
3. Chords and Inversions
4. Scales
5. Rhythmic subdivisions and various meters
6. Understanding major and minor keys
7. Learning how to use music notation software

Here are a few testimonials from students:
"I've thoroughly enjoyed Jason DeCristofaro's Music Theory class. Jason is an outstanding teacher. Not only does Jason want you to learn the material, he wants all his students to MASTER it. He makes sure everyone understands it, and if not, is always willing to receive a phone call or have a class on his time to review. Extraordinary experience!" - Michael Filippone (professional musician)

"Jason Decristofaro has been the best instructor I have in college! He was flawless in the classroom. He's taken time out of many of his days to sit down with me and discuss my passion of music and help me as a guitarist. He has also set me up with gigs and musical opportunities. All things he did not have to do." - Scott Kendrick (professional musician and graduate of the A-B Tech Music Pathway).

"I've had a number of music teachers throughout the years and Jason is by far the best instructor I've had. His diligence, depth of knowledge, and teaching style are second to none." - Mike Bravo (Guitarist)

Registration for the class is very easy - you will want to visit the following link and complete the four following steps (you don't need to do all that are listed on the admissions page, just these four):

https://www.abtech.edu/admissions/admissions-overview

1. Step 1 - apply to A-B Tech (fill out a general college application)
2. Step 4 - complete NSO (New Student Orientation)
3. Step 8 - Register for class
4. Step 9 - Pay for class

Wonderful and inspirational trip to Italy (Rome, Florence and Siena).  Great group from A-B Tech who made traveling easy...
05/30/2019

Wonderful and inspirational trip to Italy (Rome, Florence and Siena). Great group from A-B Tech who made traveling easy and fun!

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