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.
School of Music Associate Professor of Flute Kristen Stoner’s latest solo CD, Colors: Works for Flute by American Composers, was positively reviewed in the National Flute Association’s periodical, The Flutist Quarterly, Spring 2014 issue.
Congratulations, Professor Stoner!
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.
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!
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.
Photo by Amber Riccinto
The 22nd Annual School of Music Awards Convocation celebrating the work of undergraduate and graduate students took place Friday, April 4, 2014. The convocation was a successful event filled with performances and awards given out to our talented School of Music students.
Pictured 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.
Jacaré Brazil will perform in the Hippodrome Basement on April 11, 2014 at 10 p.m. This one-night-only event will feature drinks, dancing and live music. Tickets will be available at the door for $7, cash only.
A Musical Offering, a non-profit organization supporting the musical arts in Gainesville and North-Central Florida through commissioning, performance and educational outreach, has announced its 2014 Jubilus Concert Series.
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.
Hollywood clarinetist James Kanter will visit UF April 11-12, 2014 and will lecture on his Hollywood career and life in the movies. UF Professor of Clarinet Mitchell S. Estrin will interview Kanter on Friday, April 11 from 12:50-1:40 p.m. in Room 101 in the Music Building. This event is free and open to the public.
Do you want to go behind the scenes with the University of Florida Fightin’ Gator Marching Band? If so you won’t want to miss the next Eye Opener Discovery Breakfast hosted by UF on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. at Albert’s Restaurant at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.
Just 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.