John “Jay” Watkins, associate professor of music, associate director of bands and director of Gator Band, has been appointed to the National Association for Music Education’s Council for Band Education. He will serve as the southern representative on the council through 2016.
"I am honored and excited to have been selected to serve on the Council for Band Education as we continue to strive to advance music education and school bands in America," said Watkins.
Five UF alumni who received their Ph.D.’s from the University of Florida in Music Education were selected as presenters on a range of individual topics at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) at the world conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from July 21-26, 2014. Pictured left to right: Dr. Don Devito, Music Teacher at Sidney Lanier School in Gainesville, Florida; Drs. David Edmund and Jian-Jun Chen-Edmund, Music Education Professors at University of Minnesota—Duluth; Dr. Duncan Wambugu, Music Professor at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya; and Dr. Alena Holmes, Music Education Professor at University of Wisconsin— Whitewater. Congratulations to these UF grads for their successes! The Gator Nation is Everywhere!
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.
UF’s International Piano Festival (IPF) is an annual highlight for the School of Music. This year’s event, held June 14-21, 2014 was attended by 27 pre-college and college pianists from around the world. Students represented numerous countries, including China, Russia, Canada, Peru and Brazil, and schools, including UF, FSU, the University of Maryland and Juilliard. Students enjoyed daily lessons and master classes from teachers from across North America and the United Kingdom and numerous performance opportunities.
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).
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!