Free tickets available from Stockton PAC box office

ATLANTIC CITY/BRIDGETON, NJ (10/4/2016)—In collaboration with Stockton University, the Bay Atlantic Symphony will present a special free Veterans Day concert on Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m., at the Stockton University Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway Township.

Under the direction of Music Director Jed Gaylin, this “Veterans Day Salute” will be in honor of those who serve and have served in our armed forces. It will consist of musical selections reflecting Americana—from patriotic marches and music reflecting our country’s military heritage, to show music, and pops favorites.  In addition, the BAS is proud to welcome Stockton University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Fairs, Dr. Lori Vermeulen, as a cameo guest conductor!

The program will include Aaron Copland’s stirring Fanfare for the Common Man, two works honoring our military—Armed Forces: The Pride of America and Tribute, four favorites by Leroy Anderson—Promenade, Syncopated Clock, The Phantom Regiment, and Sleigh Ride—a medley from John Williams’ score to The Empire Strikes Back, John Philip Sousa’s Washington Post March and Stars and Stripes Forever, and the Bay Atlantic Symphony’s rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

“Stockton has a commitment to serving veterans and is nationally recognized for the care they show those who have served our country.  I am delighted that Bay Atlantic Symphony and Stockton are able to honor our veterans with a powerful full-orchestra salute.  It is the least we can do,” Gaylin said.

Though the concert is free, tickets are required and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  To reserve your free ticket in advance, please call the Stockton University Performing Arts Center box office at (609) 652-9000.

The concert is made possible through the generous support of Stockton University’s Arts and Humanities Department and Dean Lisa Honaker, as well as the Stockton University Performing Arts Center and Director Suze Di Pietro.

About Dr. Lori Vermeulen

Named early this year as Stockton University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affair, Dr. Lori Vermeulen, has spent over 20 years of experience in the field of higher education, in many leadership roles. She holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Scranton.

Before coming to Stockton, she served as dean and a tenured professor of Chemistry at West Chester University. She served there as interim associate dean and chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, from 2003-2007. As dean of the largest college at West Chester University, Vermeulen led a tenure-track faculty of 280, 13 departments, six interdisciplinary programs, and an annual budget of $30 million, which stretched from the natural and social sciences to the humanities and liberal arts.

Vermeulen’s academic credentials include 16 authored and co-authored scholarly publications, over 80 authored and co-authored papers, three patents, $1.8 million in grants, and many presentations to regional and national conferences. She is a graduate of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

Among her many achievements during her nine years as dean at West Chester, Vermeulen created successful grant programs supporting faculty development, student engagement, diversity initiatives, graduate assistantships, international outreach, entrepreneurialism, and innovation.

Her research and publications in chemistry span materials chemistry, drug delivery, and polymer chemistry. She has received numerous grants in support of her research as well as several awards recognizing her commitment to excellence in teaching. She also has five years of experience as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.

About The Bay Atlantic Symphony

The Bay Atlantic Symphony performs symphonic and chamber concerts and educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. Since its founding as the Bridgeton Symphony in 1983, the orchestra has been recognized for its world-class performers, diverse programs, and outstanding community services. Under the talented baton of passionate Music Director Jed Gaylin since 1997, the Bay

Atlantic Symphony is the only professional orchestra to serve the five southernmost counties of New Jersey. The Orchestra makes great music accessible through live concerts with low ticket prices at the Stockton Performing Arts Center (PAC), the historic Landis Theater in Vineland, the Avalon Symphony by the Sea Series, the Cape May Music Festival, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.

The Symphony’s value to the community goes far beyond performing great music. As a cultural centerpiece, the BAS is a treasured music education resource.  By creating meaningful, interactive music experiences for children, adults, the visually-impaired, veterans, and seniors with limited mobility, the BAS strives to create vibrant communities rooted in the love of music.  The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has honored Bay Atlantic Symphony with a 2017 Citation of Excellence, which denotes arts programs and projects that receive the Council’s highest possible assessment. To learn more, visit, call (856) 451-1169, or visit them on Facebook.