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Georgian Court Explores Music of World War II for Veterans’ Day

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 25, 2012—In honor of Veterans’ Day, Georgian Court University offers a free and fun celebration with “Lifting the Clouds of War: The Music of World War II,” an interactive-lecture with audience sing-alongs, at the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel on the Lakewood campus on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Presented by the Department of History, Geography, and Political Science, the duo Down Melody Lane will explore the music of the 1940s, provide interesting facts about both music and life during WWII, and ensure everyone has fun while they are learning!

Admission is free, but tickets are required as seating is very limited. To reserve your spot, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

About Down Melody Lane
Down Melody Lane vocalist Gilda Healy first began to study music and voice at St. Anne’s School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she grew up. Ms. Healy furthered her education in music and voice at Holy Rosary Academy High School, Union City, New Jersey, and in college at the Women’s Collective Organization of Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York.

A survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ms. Healy was an evacuee from the World Trade Center’s Tower 2. Ms. Healy recently published her story of survival: “My First Ten Years as a Survivor: The Real Story.”

For many years, Ms. Healy has been an active participant in the music ministry as soloist and choir member at St. Catharine’s Church in Holmdel, New Jersey. Ms. Healy is a volunteer with both the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution at Brookdale Community College and the National Guard Museum, Sea Girt, New Jersey. She holds a Master of Arts in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University.

Barry Rosenzweig has been a musician since the age of eight, when he started playing the piano. He received a B.A. in Music from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Music from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). “Mr. R” (as he likes to be called) served two years active duty as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, D.C. Mr. R retired in 2006 after 40 years as an educator within the New Jersey public school system. Although classically trained on the piano, he loves all genres of music; with a penchant for the music of World War II.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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