The Loop

UF students and alumni shine in co-production with the Hippodrome, Clybourne Park

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Photo by Michael Eaddy

By Elizabeth Boone

Two acts, two different eras, and Dr. Ralf Remshardt, director and School of Theatre + Dance professor, made them come together harmoniously in Clybourne Park, the school’s second partnership with the Hippodrome (the first was Avenue Q in the summer of 2013).

Remshardt jumped at the chance to lead the production. He saw the play in London and was blown away by the wit and ferocity of the writing.

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Senior Workshop helps College of the Arts students prepare for life after graduation

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By Elizabeth Boone

On Sept. 12, 2014 approximately 30 UF College of the Arts undergraduate seniors gathered to discuss the skills they have learned as arts students and how to find job opportunities that fit within those skills.  

“We spend so much time worrying [about the future] and not enough time taking steps to get there,” said 21-year-old painting senior Alyssa Sicard.

Music, art, dance and theatre students alike took part in the workshop hosted by representatives from the UF Career Resource Center that helped students prepare for job applications and interviews.

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Cheyenne Rudolph wins Student Creative Research Award

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

School of Music Ph.D. candidate Longineu Parsons performs in tribute to legendary jazz musicians at Carnegie Hall

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. 

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Article by SOM Ph.D. student Shelley Sanderson published in Florida Music Director magazine

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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

University of Florida Hosts 2014 International Piano Festival June 14-21

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. 

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UF Teach the World Study Abroad Program students return from Rome

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.

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A Look Back at UF’s 2014 Brazilian Music Institute

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. 

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UF Brazilian Music Institute Coming May 12-17

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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).

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School of Theatre + Dance Hosts Spring 2014 Convocation Ceremony

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. 

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UF Flute Ensemble Participates in FSU’s Flute Choir Day

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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.

4Most Gallery Presents Free Money by Media Experiments in Technology and Art Students on April 25

Free Money by Media Experiments in Technology and Art (M.E.T.A.) is an exhibition of artworks made from repurposed technologies produced through the collaborative efforts of art and engineering students in the M.E.T.A. class this spring. The collaborators have created interactive sculptures that show the amazing talent of UF’s art and engineering students. Don’t miss this one-night-only exhibit this Friday, April 25, 2014 from 7-10 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville. 

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On Saturday, April 12, 2014 several members of the UF Carillon Studio spent the day at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla. The highlight of the visit was the afternoon masterclass with carillonneur Geert D’hollander. Pictured in front of the tower’s gold door are (from left to right): Mindy Wang, Kelsey Grabach, Bok Tower carillonneur Geert D’hollander, Cody Chasteen and Michael Schulz. 

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 several members of the UF Carillon Studio spent the day at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla. The highlight of the visit was the afternoon masterclass with carillonneur Geert D’hollander. Pictured in front of the tower’s gold door are (from left to right): Mindy Wang, Kelsey Grabach, Bok Tower carillonneur Geert D’hollander, Cody Chasteen and Michael Schulz. 

Upcoming Museum Studies Graduate Bennett Jones to Begin Ph.D. Program at Northwestern in the Fall

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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.

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