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UF Flute Ensemble Participates in FSU’s Flute Choir Day


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.

Professor and Head of Music Education Russell Robinson to Conduct at Carnegie Hall for His Third Time in June


Dr. Russell Robinson has been asked to conduct at Carnegie Hall for his third time on June 3, 2014. His debut there was in 1997, then he conducted again in 2006 when he premiered School of Music Professor Paul Basler’s Missa Brevis with chorus, professional orchestra and soloists. Robinson was asked by New York producer, Norman Dunfee, president and executive director of Mid-America productions, to be the conductor of this year’s Carnegie Hall concert.

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The Red Silk Thread Makes Headlines Before Opening Night

Photo by Erica Brough, The Gainesville Sun

The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo, a new opera by composer and UF Distinguished Alumna Dr. Stella Sung and librettist Ernest Hilbert premiering tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center, has been making headlines lately, with stories in The Gainesville Sun and on the University of Florida (UF) homepage. Tickets range from $20-$40 and $10 for students. We hope to see you there!

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Professor Emeritus of Musicology Dr. David Z. Kushner Receives President’s Award

SoM Professor Emeritus of Musicology Dr. David Z. Kushner received the President’s Award from the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago in March. Dr. Kushner presented a paper, “Urbanity and Acerbity: The Music Criticism of the Crotchety Monsieur Croche,”at the NCSA convention. In addition, during the fall of 2013, he presented a paper on “Inclusivity, Nationalism, and Pragmatism in Ernest Bloch’s Works of the San Francisco Period” at the national conference of the College Music Society in Cambridge, MA.

Congratulations, Dr. Kushner!

SoM Alumnus Matthew Wardell Named the College of Fine Arts’ 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni

The UF Alumni Association will recognize SoM alumnus Matthew Wardell (MM Music, 2010) as the College of Fine Arts’ 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni during the Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Breakfast on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Emerson Alumni Hall in Gainesville, Fla. Wardell, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., is Music Director and Conductor of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Ocala, Fla.

The UF Alumni Association established the Outstanding Young Alumni Award to recognize alumni who are 35 years of age or younger and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.

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The College of Fine Arts Celebrates Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee

imagePictured left to right: Dean Lucinda Lavelli, Representative Kathy Castor and Cherie Fine

National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington D.C. to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. This year, Dean Lucinda Lavelli and President of the Friends of Music Cherie Fine attended on behalf of the College of Fine Arts.

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School of Music PhD Candidate Morgan Rich Selected as One of Eight UF Emerging Scholars

During the 17th Annual Women’s History Month Awards Reception held March 25, 2014 at the UF President’s House, School of Music PhD candidate Morgan Rich was one of eight female PhD students named Emerging Scholars. Rich, who was the only representative from the College of Fine Arts among this year’s honorees, is a PhD candidate in the School of Music and is a student of Dr. Silvio dos Santos. This award was given on behalf of the Academic Association for Women and Dr. Madelyn Lockhart.

Congratulations, Morgan!

UF Distinguished Alumna Dr. Stella Sung Hosts Florida Alliance for Arts Education Webinar April 3

UF Distinguished Alumna Dr. Stella Sung
, composer of The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo and University of Central Florida Pegasus Professor,
will be featured in Webinar 4 of the 2013-2014 Arts Integration for Teaching Artists and Others Webinar Series, hosted by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, on Thursday, April 3 from 5-5:30 p.m. ET.

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SoM Adjunct Professor Ulisses Rocha has Concert Reviewed in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

imageJust Jazz Guitar recently reviewed UF School of Music Adjunct Professor Ulisses Rocha’s Nashville Guitar Society concert for its February 2014 issue. The concert took place on October 2, 2013 at The Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tenn.“The audience enjoyed Rocha’s compositions and the other offerings from Brazil’s finest composers that have been an inspiration to him,” said Just Jazz Guitar reviewer Robert Thompson. “Mr. Rocha is obviously one of Brazil’s most gifted young musicians with combined gifts as a brilliant guitarist and composer.”

Just Jazz Guitar is a publication focused for the jazz guitar enthusiast. It features interviews, lessons, reviews and spotlights on different types of music.