The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the nation’s first merged ballet-opera-symphony orchestra, partnered with composer and UF School of Music alum Stella Sung (MFA Music Composition, ’84) on an innovative residency that began in the summer of 2013 and will continue to unfold through the next season. Dr. Sung is creating new pieces, including a one-act opera, a chamber work for dance, and music for educational performances. In addition, the work for dance offers a new opportunity for enhancement of ballet performances.
The League of American Orchestras, a prominent orchestra organization, recently highlighted the Music Alive award that Dr. Stung received to work with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, reaffirming the significance of her work.
Gator Band Member - Scholarship
Kara Lockcuff - Mark Stoughton Band Scholarship
Justin Mieras - Brian Gindy Scholarship Fund
John Gooding - Barrios Trombone Scholarship
Rob Lawler - Mandy Grau Marching Band Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Montgomery - Michael Pirie Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dustin Ferguson - Gary Langford Scholarship
Sean Bocinsky - Gary Langford Scholarship
Adren Hance III - Richard W. Bowles Award
Ben Judkins - Crystal Ann Dillard School of Music Marching Band Saxophone Endowment
Chas Hackman - HLF Legacy Scholarship (Started by Joe Wolf and Andreas Christofakis)
The UF School of Music presents Sounds of the Season: The Twelfth Day of Christmas
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.,
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Free & Open to the Public
Familiar holiday music will travel through the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ auditorium for Sounds of the Season, showcasing the UF School of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Presented by President and Mrs. Machen, this up-beat holiday concert will feature over 300 performers. Student singers from the University of Florida Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale and Men’s Glee Club will render this eclectic program. The Gainesville Civic Chorus will add their vocal muscle. The University of Florida Symphony Orchestra will enlarge the seasonal sonorous pallet. The dancers and African percussionists from Santa Fe College will add visual delight and bring rhythmic dynamism to the festivities.
Out of 74 nominations, School of Music Professor & Program Director Will Kesling (pictured left) and Assistant Professor & Conductor of the Gator Marching Band Jay Watkins (pictured right) are two of only six winners of the Spirit of Gainesville Awards.
Here is an excerpt from “Six people recognized with Spirit of Gainesville Awards” by Elise Giordano that appeared in the Gainesville Sun on November 25, 2013:
The third annual Spirit of Gainesville Awards ceremony was held in the atrium of The Gainesville Sun’s offices Monday evening. Six awards were handed out to individuals in the community who were nominated by their peers as paragons of the spirit of Gainesville in several categories.
More than 150 guests took part in Wednesday’s awards ceremony.
The winners were: Will Kesling for the arts, Phoebe Cade Miles for entrepreneurship, Dr. Karen E. Harris for medicine, Hazel K. Williams for community service, John “Jay” Watkins for education and Danny Veilleux for the youth category.
Overall, 74 people were nominated by community members through online submissions in a range of categories.
Read the full article here.
Lecture by Dr. Nina Kraus and Dr. Margaret Martin
Part of the Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention Depot Park Lecture series: Music and Its Effects on the Developing Brain
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Student admission tickets: $10.00
Regular admission tickets: $15.00
Historic Depot Park Building (203 SE Depot Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601)
Q & A session and light refreshments to follow.
Special Seminar with Nina Kraus: “Music, The Brain and Aging”
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Free & open to the public
DeWeese Auditorium, Room LG-101A
McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida
The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention and Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency invite you to a lecture featuring Nina Kraus, Ph.D, neuroscientist at Northwestern University, and Margaret Martin, Ph.D, founder of the Harmony Project. The Harmony Project is an award-winning organization that provides research-based music education to at-risk youth in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Kraus and Dr. Martin will discuss the findings of their study on the effects of music on developing brains. A Question & Answer session and light refreshments will follow.
On Thursday, December 5 at 12:00 p.m., the Neuromedicine department along with the College of Fine Arts School of Music, the McKnight Brain Institute and the Cade Museum will be sponsoring a special seminar with Dr. Kraus as the guest speaker, which will be held at the McKnight Brain Institute in the DeWeese Auditorium. Phoebe Miles with the Cade Museum initiated this seminar since Dr. Kraus will already be in Gainesville for a public seminar being sponsored by the museum.
UF School of Music student Michelle Stecker and alum Ryan Chancoco, both students of Dr. Laura Ellis, passed the Associate Carillonneur Exam administered by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. The judged requirements for the exam include video and audio performance, a carillon history component, and sample programs. Ryan, a recent UF graduate, was in the carillon studio for three years and had the honor of performing a concert on the Bells of Flanders carillon in Japan. Mitchell Stecker has attended the last three congresses of the Guild and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in combination with Linguistics.
Please join the Harn Museum of Art in celebrating the “Kongo across the Waters” exhibition by participating in these upcoming programs. Admission is free. Visit www.kongoacrossthewaters.org for more information.
“Kongo across the Waters” lecture during Museum Nights
Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.
John Thornton, Professor of African American Studies and History, Boston University
Thornton specializes in Africa and Atlantic History and is a co-author of “Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas” (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which won the Melville J. Herskovits Prize that year.
Enjoy music from Jacaré Brazil and the Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir tonight
Museum Nights: “Kongo across the Waters
Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the recently opened exhibition Kongo across the Waters. Music, performances, creative opportunities and other fun activities will be offered on this evening. Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by the generous support of the University of Florida Office of the Provost and Student Government.
Family Day: “Kongo across the Waters
Saturday, November 16, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy family-friendly tours of Kongo across the Watersas a part of International Education Week. Learn about African head-wrap styles and view an African dance demonstration and fashion show by The Gainesville Chapter of the Links, Inc. Guest Artist Sarah Hammond, a traditional basket maker from South Carolina will demonstrate sweet grass baskets and instruct families on how to start one of their own. In addition, children can make memory jars to take home. A donation of $5 per family or $2 per child is requested if you wish to participate in the art activity.
Indian Classical Music Concert
Fri., November 15, 2013, 7.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
Music Building, Room 121
Lecture and Demonstration by Dr. Lalitha Muthuswamy
Fri., November 15, 9.35 a.m.-10.25 a.m.
Music Building, Room 101
Both events are free and open to the public.
The Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra) and the School of Music at the University of Florida present an Indian Classical Music Concert by violinist, Dr. Lalitha Muthuswamy (Nehru-Fulbright Fellow, University of Iowa, 2013). She will be accompanied by Keshav Nelavai (mridangam) and Kevin Singh (tabla).
Dr. Muthuswamy will also give a Lecture-Demonstration on South Indian classical (Carnatic) music on Friday, November 15, 9.35 a.m.-10.25 a.m, in the Music Building, room 101.
435 Newell Drive, next to Century Tower
Featuring Ulisses Rocha and Welson Tremura
Sunday November 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Lohman Auditorium, Whitney Laboratory CMS Building
9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard
St. Augustine, Fl 32080
For tickets call: 904.461.4000
Come enjoy the diversity of Brazilian music with Rocha and Tremura on Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m. You’ll be gifted with the fusion of music and poetry brought together by the rich styles and rhythms of a country blessed with incredible regional and cultural diversity.
Ulisses Rocha was born in Rio de Janiero and is one of Brazil’s leading guitarists. He is currently a visiting professor with the School of Music at the University of Florida where he develops and directs the guitar and vocal ensembles specializing in ethnomusicology. Rocha is also the UF Center for Latin American Studies’ 2012/2013 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar.
Dr. Welson Tremura is an Associate Professor of World Music in the UF School of Music and has a joint appointment with the Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Tremura is well-versed in Brazilian Jazz, classical, and vocal music as well as traditional European classical forms, and also specializes in ethnomusicology and world music. Dr. Tremura is the co-director for “Jacaré Brazil” (Brazilian music ensemble) and the founder and director for the Brazilian Music Institute.
Two Nights with Puccini – featuring Suor Angelica and scenes from La Bohème
Sat., Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Location, Music Building, Room 101
Price: VIP tickets (those closest to stage) $25, general seating $15,
student tickets $10.
The UF Opera Theatre and The Ocala Symphony Orchestra partner again to bring one of opera’s greatest masters, Giacomo Puccini, to the stage. Suor Angelica is a complete one–act opera which tells the tale of a lovely, warm hearted woman, who has been banished to a convent for the sins of her past. La Bohème is Puccini’s most beloved opera and our highlights include scenes that were featured in the movie Moonstruck.
Talented vocal performers from the University of Florida School of Music graduate and undergraduate music programs make up the cast, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Offerle, director of the UF Opera Theatre. Maestro Mathew Wardell will conduct the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in this joint production.
Dr. David Z. Kushner, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, presented a paper on “Inclusivity, Pragmatism, and Nationalism in Ernest Bloch’s Works of the San Francisco Period (1925-1930)” at the national conference of the College Music Society on November 1 in Cambridge, MA. The paper discussed the prize-winning works America: An Epic Rhapsody, Helvetia, and Four Episodes for chamber orchestra,and Bloch’s watercolor paintings housed in the Norton Simon Art Museum. The composer’s relationship with the art dealer, Galka Scheyer, during this same time period, was also explored.
UF SoM PhD Candidate Morgan Rich will present her research this Saturday, November 9 at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Morgan’s paper “Adorno and Berg: the Crossroads between Kant and Beethoven” is a product of her dissertation research. Her dissertation reassesses Theodor Adorno’s relationship with Alban Berg in a pivotal moment in his philosophical and compositional career.
She has presented at national and international conferences, and is the winner of the Anthony Jung student paper award from the European Studies Conference. She has also received several other research grants and awards. At UF she works with Dr. Silvio dos Santos.
The University of Florida Marching Band will receive one of the highest honors a collegiate band can receive during the Homecoming football game’s halftime show.
The Sudler Trophy, made possible by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, is described by a Los Angeles Times reporter as “the Heisman Trophy of the collegiate band world.” The award does not represent the winner of any championship but rather a band surrounded by great tradition that has become respected nationally.
“Being selected as the 2013 recipient of the Sudler Trophy is a historic honor for the Gator Band, and places us in the upper echelon of college marching bands in America. It’s a real tribute the current and former members who have built the program to its current level of excellence,” said Jay Watkins, band director.
UF President Bernie Machen will be presented with the award by Tim Rhea, director of bands at Texas A&M University and chair of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Committee. The Sudler family will join Machen on the field for the award presentation and will also be in attendance at Gator Growl on Friday.
Rhea will guest conduct the UF Wind Symphony Band concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in University Auditorium.
With the UF Marching Band program winning the Sudler Trophy, Gainesville now becomes the only city in America with band programs that have won all of the Sudler Awards, including the Sudler Cup (Outstanding Middle School Band, Fort Clarke Middle School), the Sudler Shield and Sudler Flag (Outstanding High School Marching and Concert Bands, Buchholz High School).