PAVA Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2018 Performing and Visual Arts Hall of Fame Members! These talented alumni were honored at a luncheon on April 7 and before the Saturday performance of Meet Me in St. Louis. Thank you for your contribution to the Arts.

Claire Bira (Class of 2007) is a self-employed professional photographer. While at ND, Claire was a member of the National Art Honor Society. She earned her BS in Fine Arts and English from St. Louis University. Over the past seven years she has built her business, Imageclarity Photo and Cinema, photographing weddings, commercial shoots, family photographs, and the beauty of everyday life. She has been recognized by The Knot, Missouri Wedding Belles, The Westchester Wedding Planner, and Magnolia Rouge Curated Collection. In addition to running her business, Claire is guest lecturer on photography at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Claire gives of time and talent through photo shoots in support of charitable causes. Congratulations, Claire Bira!

Greg Worley (Class of 1991) was active in the Arts while a student at ND even helping with scenery for the musicals. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and Design from Kansas State University. Greg is the owner of Arch-Worx in St. Louis, Missouri and has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (team member in the design of City Garden, St. Louis); St. Louis At Home Magazine Architect and Designer Awards; American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Design Honor Award; and Central States AIA Design (Merit Award in Residential Architecture). Greg shares his talents by creating mobile libraries for disadvantaged neighborhoods. Congratulations Greg Worley!

Carly Schneider (Class of 2008) participated in the fall plays and spring musicals while a student at ND, culminating in the role of Babe in Pajama Game. She was a member of the International Thespian Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University and toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre and Nebraska Caravan in The Christmas Carol. Carly has performed in various regional theatre venues and has held notable roles including Beth in Little Women, Sister James in Doubt, and Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. She gives back to the community through “Arts for All” in lower-income schools across the five boroughs of New York and performs in “Broadway Unlocked” raising funds for the Crime Victim Treatment Center. Congratulations Carly!

Ann Welker (Class of 1976 and current faculty member) earned a BS in Secondary Education, major in English, minor in Music from Southeast Missouri State University and a MA in English from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a former member of Southeast’s Marching Eagles. Ann was recognized as the Southeast Missouri English Teacher of the Year in 2015. Ann has been a member of the Notre Dame Musical Orchestra for over 20 years and performed with the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band for 15 years. Ann shares her talents with the students at ND playing for school liturgies and she is active in the St. Vincent’s parish music ministry. Congratulations Ann!