Congratulations to Cheyenne Rudolph (MFA Ceramics ‘14) who was recently recognized with the College of the Arts’ 2014 Student Creative Research Award — Best of School Award. This award is given to talented and motivated students for their outstanding research projects. Cheyenne’s thesis work used humor, popular culture and feminist concerns with ceramics, mixed media, photo and video in the installation. To see the video that accompanied her installation, click here.
By Hannah Fell
Music has been at the heartbeat of Longineu Parsons ever since he was a child. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, the School of Music Ph.D. candidate grew up listening to all kinds of music on a turntable in his home. He learned to play the trumpet when he was 11, and his passion for jazz music grew as he got older.
Parsons is now 62 and a tenured associate professor in the Department of Music at Florida A&M University. Critics have hailed him as one of the world’s finest trumpet players. In addition to trumpet, he performs on recorders, flute and percussion and is a vocalist. He is the protégé of the great cornetist, Nat Adderley, and his compositions include orchestral works and chamber music as well as jazz and world music.
School of Music Ph.D. student Shelley Sanderson authored an article in the May issue of Florida Music Educator magazine, the offical publication of the Florida Music Educators’ Association. The article includes tips for high school music theatre teachers on how to pick the right musical, how to organize time and collaborate with other teachers and how to train your students’ voices. Florida Music Director is distributed to more than 5,000 music teachers, directors, principals and superintendents around Florida. To read Sanderson’s article, click here.
The University of Florida International Piano Festival (UFIPF), sponsored by the University of Florida (UF), UF School of Music, UF Office of Research, UF Health, Visit Gainesville and Hoggtowne Music, will be held June 14-21, 2014 at UF in the Music Building, Room 101. UFIPF assembles outstanding college and pre-college pianists for lessons and master classes with distinguished teachers from across North America and the United Kingdom. The public is invited to attend free daily master classes and recitals.
Eighteen College of Education and College of Fine Arts education majors have returned from the 2014 Teach the World Study Abroad program in Rome. This is the 5th year of the program founded and directed by Dr. Russell Robinson, professor and head of the Music Education program, and his wife, Brenda Robinson. Students have short-term teaching internships as well as numerous cultural opportunities in the host cities. The program was in Rome at the Ambrit Rome International School in 2010, 2011 and 2014, the Marymount Paris International School in 2012 and 2013, and will return to Paris in 2015.
By Hannah Fell
This is the type of music that tells the story of a culture as unique as the rhythms and harmonies that make the music sing. This music, with its chants and understated melodies, draws you into a place where time almost stands still and makes you think, “this is something different.”
Welson Tremura, director of UF’s Brazilian Music Institute, founded and organized the festival in 2001. Each year the institute brings in new guest artists. This year’s institute, which took place May 12-17, 2014, was directed by Tremura and sponsored by the School of Music, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for World Arts, U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program, Dr. Madelyn Lockhart and Visit Gainesville.
The University of Florida’s Brazilian Music Institute (BMI) is now in its fourteenth year. Sponsored by the UF School of Music, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for World Arts, U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program, Dr. Madelyn Lockhart and Visit Gainesville, each year the BMI brings outstanding Brazilian musicians to Gainesville for an intensive week of instruction. BMI provides unique opportunities for singers, guitarists, percussionists, drummers, flutists, saxophonists and other instrumentalists to study with five exceptional musicians: Jorge Continentino (flute, saxophone, pífano), Ulisses Rocha (acoustic and electric guitars), Alexander Crook (drum set) and UF Professors Larry Crook (percussion) & Welson Tremura (voice/guitar).
From left to right: Assistant Professor Tim Altmeyer, Tracy Floyd, Stephanie Anarumo and John Reger, president of the Friends of Theatre + Dance.
School of Theatre + Dance students, faculty members, staff, alumni, friends and donors gathered in Constans Theatre on April 23, 2014 for the Spring 2014 Convocation Ceremony. The event, which fell on the last day of the semester, served as a celebration of student talent and as a means to honor those whom scholarships are named in honor of.
The UF Flute Ensemble was the featured guest ensemble at FSU’s Flute Choir Day on April 12, 2014 in Tallahassee, Fla. The ensemble performed a recital, Associate Professor of Flute Kristen Stone taught a master class and the ensemble performed two pieces in combination with the FSU Flute Choir, including the world premiere of a beatbox flute choir arrangement of Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah. Fifteen UF students performed on the trip, including music majors, flute minors and non-major members of the Flute Ensemble.
Bennett Jones, left, with Persian textiles collector Mahin Ghanbari at University Gallery’s Garden of the Heart’s Desire exhibit, which was curated by Bennett.
Bennett Jones has been accepted to Northwestern University’s History Ph.D. program to study the history of science. Her offer includes funding for five years. Bennett was also invited to participate in the university’s interdisciplinary science studies cluster, which includes an additional Mellon Cluster Fellowship.
School of Theatre and Dance students at the National Water Dance Project at Blue Springs in High Springs, April 12, 2014. Photo by Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun.
SoTD adjunct lecturer Kristin O’Neal led the National Water Dance Project on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The project took place at venues across the United States and locally at Blue Springs Park. O’Neal engaged with Dance Composition II students and colleagues across the United States to bring attention to fragile water resources.
“These 14 students worked together to create a beautifully inspiring site-specific work at Blue Springs while connecting with the rest of the nation dancing simultaneously around bodies of water,” O’Neal said.
SoTD student Stefanie Anarumo was selected as a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar and was awarded a research grant for her project “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi: An Artistic Fusion of Languages Signed and Spoken.” The creation of “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi” (Deaf Children’s Theatre) will fuse Italian sign language and American sign language, in the exploration of the traditional Italian style of physical comedy, Commedia dell’Arte, and the works of William Shakespeare. In addition to creating a deaf arts program in Rome, Italy, Stefanie will be studying the current state of Italy’s arts accessibility in relation to that of the United States.
"I am thrilled to further my theatrical studies in the areas of opera, dance and drama, with professional Italian artists," said Stefanie. "It will be a true honor to represent the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre and Dance as a Fulbright scholar abroad next spring."