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College of Music to host 2023 Javacya Music Fest

The FSU College of Music is delighted to welcome the Javacya Arts Conservatory Music Fest to Ruby Diamond Concert Hall on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 7:00PM.

Founded by FSU alumna Patrice Floyd, the Conservatory has operated in Tallahassee for more than 40 years. A community-based college preparatory music institute for students ages 3 to 18, Javacya exists to support professional classical Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in classical music through education and performance.

A diverse collaborative program, Tuesday’s Music Fest will include performances from FAMU DRS Youth Orchestras and Dance Company, the Southside Orchestra and Cultural Arts Program, the Florida Society Youth Orchestra, and guest vocalists Darryl Tookes and Mary Bush-Smith, accompanied by the Javacya Elite Chamber Orchestra and the Cairo High School Chorus.

“The College of Music has identified ‘community’ as one of its core values,” said Todd Queen, dean of the FSU College of Music. “As a musical center for North Florida, engagement with our partners is a vital component of the College’s strategic vision for the future. Long-term partnerships with community arts organizations benefit not only our students, but the enrich our greater community as a whole.”

“Through decades of dedicated effort,” continued Queen, “Patrice Floyd and her partners in the Javacya Arts Conservatory have built a community-based music program that represents the diversity of the Tallahassee community and has enriched the lives of so many. As an alumna of FSU, we are so proud of Patrice’s groundbreaking and indefatigable work in the community.”

Admission is free for FAMU and FSU students with valid ID. Tickets for the performance range in price from $20-$75 and are available online at Proceeds from this concert will be used to provide scholarships, masterclasses, instruments, and private lessons for participating students of the Javacya Arts Conservatory.

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