Liberally Speaking was created to explore the liberal arts, and the lives of the individuals that create within them. I’m Rob Tudor. A lifelong musician, educator, and arts leader. I’ve enjoyed many meaningful conversations with people I’ve encountered in my work and life exploring how visual and performing arts, the sciences, religion, and spirituality inform our experience, enrich our lives, and help us become engaged citizens. Periodically, I’ll define and revisit aspects of the liberal arts...and why so many people believe it is important to modern education.
4. Liberally Speaking Episode 4: David Fraccaro, minister and social activist
Liberally Speaking Episode 3: The Reverend Anne Weatherholt, pastor, mentor, and musician
The Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt grew up in eastern Kentucky in the college town of Berea. She attended Berea College then transferred and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Anne enrolled in the Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated in 1978 with a Master’s in Divinity. She was ordained as an Episcopal Deacon in the Diocese of Lexington, May 1978, and served as a college chaplain, first at the University of Kentucky, then for four years at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she was ordained as the second woman Episcopal Priest in the Diocese, February 3, 1980.
Anne married the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, Rector of St. Thomas’ Parish, in December 1980 and moved to Hancock, Maryland where she currently resides. In 1983, Anne became the Assistant at All Saints’ Parish in Frederick and in 1993, was called to St. Marks, Lappans, just south of Hagerstown, Maryland, where she served as Rector until her retirement, June 2019.
Anne is the fourth Episcopal Priest in five generations in her family, and her older son, a church organist, is married to an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Maryland. Her younger son and his wife are both High School teachers and she has one grandson.
During her active ministry, Anne served on many community non-profit boards and on the Standing Committee, Grants Committee, Diocesan Council, and as Secretary of Convention in the Diocese of Maryland. She continues to serve as a clergy mentor and leads workshops for clergy and lay leaders on the issue of the Recognition and Response to Domestic Violence. In 2008, she published a book, “Breaking the Silence, the Church Responds to Domestic Violence,” and currently serves on the Family Violence Council of the State of Maryland, appointed by the Governor. Anne’s writings and poetry have been published by Forward Movement, and she enjoys music, reading, sewing, and walking along the C&O canal with her dog, Sammi.
Liberally Speaking Episode 2: Kim Perlak, guitarist, educator, and public servant
Kim’s approach to the guitar includes new music, education, and public service. Her performances of classical works, original pieces, and collaborations with jazz and traditional players have been featured on National Public Radio, at the Peabody Institute Fretfest, and on five recordings. Her projects combining performance, American music history, and educational outreach have been funded through grants from the Center for African American Southern Music and Yale Alumni Ventures.
Kim’s collaborative guitar work with American veterans in the concert project “Ben & I Play for Peace” was honored by the PBS program “From the Top” as part of their Arts Leadership series, and was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the work of “Ben & I” continues in the Veterans Guitar Project, based in Austin, TX.
At Berklee College of Music, Kim served as Assistant Chair of Guitar for five years before becoming Chair of Guitar in September 2018. Her current artistic work includes improvisation, composition, and course development in a duo with slide guitarist, Berklee guitar professor David Tronzo.
Kim holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA ’08), Yale University School of Music (MM ’01), and Stetson University (BM ’98), and a certificate of completion from the Harvard University Management Development Program (2014).
Liberally Speaking Episode 1: Adam Booth, storyteller and musician
Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. A nationally touring artist, his professional telling appearances include premiere storytelling events across the United States, such as the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and as a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada). He is a member of the Recording Academy and his recordings have received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, and four Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest.
Informative and Educational
Host Rob Tudor's enthusiasm for the subject matter transmits through the earbuds and really draws you in. I enjoyed this first episode about Adam Booth and the life of a storyteller. So much so it made me wish I had taken up that same vocation and I've never considered it before. I'm anxious to learn what Rob will offer next.