FSU JAZZ FLOURISHES AROUND THE NATION

The impact of the Jazz program at Florida State University’s College of Music can be seen and heard throughout the United States. There is a prominent FSU jazz presence in various music scenes, including New York City, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Alumni have toured with renowned artists such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Count Basie Orchestra, Jon Cleary, Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, and others. FSU’s world-renowned faculty keep the program thriving. Here is an overview of recent news and accomplishments for the program, faculty, and alumni.

The 19th Biennial Festival of New Music in Review

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The 19th Biennial Festival of New Music took place January 30 – February 2, 2019 at the Florida State University College of Music. The festival included masterclasses and presentations by guest artists, plus seven different concerts introducing acoustic and electroacoustic compositions for both small and large ensembles.

Remembering and Celebrating Ladislav Kubík

The Florida State University College of Music held a memorial concert in remembrance and celebration of the late Ladislav Kubík on October 26th 2018.

FSU College of Music Welcomes Housewright Eminent Scholars

Every year, the Florida State University College of Music welcomes multiple Housewright Eminent Scholars to campus, thanks in part to a generous endowment by the late Wiley and Lucilla Housewright. This year’s Housewright Eminent Scholars feature: David Russell (classical guitar), Joel Lester (music theory), and Evangelos Himonides (music education). The three scholars have residencies at the College of Music for the spring 2019 semester.

FSU COLLEGE OF MUSIC SUMMIT FEATURES WORLD-CLASS FLUTISTS

Florida State University’s College of Music will present a special series of concerts, music workshops and lectures featuring an international lineup of musicians this week.

 

19th Biennial Festival of New Music to Feature Renowned Guest Composer and Ensemble

The 19th Biennial Festival of New Music (January 30 – February 2, 2019) will be held at the Florida State University College of Music,  including masterclasses and presentations by guest artists, plus seven different concerts featuring acoustic and electroacoustic compositions for both small and large ensembles. The residencies of the featured artists Georg Friedrich Haas and Meitar Ensemble are provided by the Wiley and Lucilla Housewright Eminent Scholar Chair in Music. Additional funding for the Festival of New Music is provided by the Florida State University College of Music.

FSU Music Theatre Alumni to Perform in Productions of Jesus Christ Superstar

This spring, both the Chicago Lyric Opera and NBC will present productions of the 1970 rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar (Andrew Lloyd Webber, music; Tim Rice, lyrics), and alumni from the FSU College of Music’s music theatre program will be involved in both. 

The University Symphony Orchestra's Season Continues with Works by Berlioz and Zwilich that Explore the Artistic Temperament

The University Symphony Orchestra at Florida State University continues its Spring 2018 season with another concert featuring a well-known “blockbuster” composition from the Romantic era and another opportunity to celebrate the musical talents and contributions of Florida State University music faculty.

The College of Music Prepares for an Important Unveiling

Members of the Tallahassee community are cordially invited to attend the annual Afternoon of Musical Delight, which will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2:00 pm in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. At this year’s event, the Florida State University College of Music will unveil its recently purchased Steinway Model D concert grand piano, a new artistic and musical treasure that will grace the stage of the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

University Singers 70th Anniversary Reunion

Plans are currently underway for a fun- and music-filled reunion celebrating the 70th anniversary of the University Singers, FSU’s premier undergraduate, auditioned choral ensemble. Alumni from the choir are cordially invited to campus for the weekend of April 13-14, 2018, to join the festivities, which will culminate in a concert in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Dr. Kevin Fenton, who currently conducts the University Singers, notes, “There is a sense of community created each year through rehearsals, retreats, and tours, and the shared experiences bring the generations together—and the traditions bring back memories and reignite passion in the choral art.”