Vol. 18, No. 21Feb. 25, 1999

Musicians to perform in coffeehouse mini series

Music Coffeehouse Mini Series, featuring women artists, is planned in March as part of the University of Delaware's celebration of Women's History Month. The series includes a concert by Mary Arden Collins, a native of Arden, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, and one by Baltimore-based VERONA at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 24. Both were chosen for the empowering messages their music delivers to women. The free, public concerts will be held in the Scrounge in the Perkins Student Center.

Mary Arden Collins

An up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Collins' has released a self-titled CD that showcases her crystalline voice and insightful songwriting. Her songs have been given radio airplay in the mid-Atlantic region.

Named after Shakespeare's mother and the small town of Arden, in which she was born, Collins has opened for national acts like the Doobie Brothers, 10,000 Maniacs, Loudon Wainwright III and the Caulfields.

After graduating from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a bachelor's degree in fine and performing arts and English, Collins began to write her own songs and sang with the Wilmington-based rock band, Montana Wildaxe, for close to a year. After she left the band, she realized that making her own music as a singer/ songwriter was the truest way to fully express herself and her art.

Collins captures the earthen sounds of folk, the spirit of blues and the power of alternative rock. She is known for her clear voice and touching lyrics that elicit response from her listeners.

Collins is head of her own company, Arden Entertainment, and has her own record label Feelin' Groovy Records. She markets her CD in local record stores, hawks them at her shows and on her web site. She books her own performances and does all her own promotion.


Synthesizing influences from a variety of musical genres and cultural philosophies, VERONA delivers a delicacy and passion seldom presented in the artistic world. VERONA is fluid but sharp, creating an unexpected intensity with angelic voices entangling two acoustic guitars.

Initially, Jennifer Wilkerson wrote and performed solo acoustic music while searching for the ideal musical companion. For the past three years, she has been delivering her music to loyal audiences across the Baltimore area.

In 1996, she met guitarist and vocalist Leslie Russel. With 18 years of guitar experience and a style that enchants crowds, Russel joined Wilkerson in forming VERONA.

VERONA has since captivated audiences in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Its unique sound has been sought for the soundtrack of a Baltimore-produced short film called Who You Know by James McCabe. The duo also has performed in such clubs as 8X10 and Main Street Blues.

The coffeehouse mini series is sponsored by the Office of Women's Affairs and the UD Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Community Office.

For additonal information about the two concerts, call 831-8063.