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.
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.
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.”
Beethoven’s complete sonatas for piano and violin take center stage in a series of four chamber concert presented this fall by Dr. Ben Sung, Assistant Professor of Violin, and Dr. David Kalhous, Assistant Professor of Piano.
On August 30, 2017, Avid’s official blog published Derk Hagedorn’s interview with the College of Music’s Michael Shapiro, Specialist in the Arts at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Shapiro and Hagedorn, the Senior Marketing Manager for Avid Live Sound Systems and Music Notation, discussed the College of Music’s recent purchase of a new, state-of-the-art audio console, an Avid VENUE | S6L system, for Ruby Diamond.
Dr. Kevin Fenton, professor of choral conducting and ensembles at the FSU College of Music, is on a mission: to encourage choirs and musicians to dedicate one day of the year to talk and sing about peace. Fenton is one of the organizers of AVoice4Peace, a worldwide peace awareness project led by the Nairobi Chamber Chorus and the Festival Singers of Florida. Their work to date is featured in a new documentary film sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, which has just been released.
The 18th Biennial Festival of New Music (February 1-4, 2017), held on the campus of the Florida State University College of Music, included masterclasses and presentations by guest artists, plus seven different concerts featuring acoustic and electroacoustic compositions for both small and large ensembles.
The FSU College of Music is pleased to congratulate Dr. André J. Thomas, Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, on receiving the 2017 Robert Shaw Choral Award from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Presented every two years at the National ACDA Conference, the Robert Shaw Choral Award is given to a choral leader who has made unusual contributions to the art of choral music.
Jose Hernandez recently completed a month of composing -- that’s 28 compositions in 28 days. When asked to reflect on his experience, Hernandez commented that students were incredibly supportive of his venture. He learned a lot along the way, and his colleagues assisted with his growth.