18th Biennial Festival of New Music a Great Success

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.

Dr. André J. Thomas Receives Prestigious Award

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.

After 28 Days: Student Composer Reflects on Lessons Learned

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.

FSU Fulbright Scholar to teach universal language of music at Russian conservatory

Florida State University Professor Iain Quinn will teach organ lessons, give lectures and play concerts this semester at the distinguished Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, through a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award. The conservatory is one of the largest and most prestigious music schools in Eurasia and the world.

College of Music Alumnus Receives Askew Award

The Florida State College of Music is proud to announce alumnus Etienne Charles as the 2016 recipient of the Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon young alumni by the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors’ Awards Committee, and recognizes the extraordinary achievements of these outstanding alumni.

Gooding Wins Awesome Award

The FSU College of Music is pleased to congratulate Assistant Professor of Music Therapy Lori Gooding, recipient of the $1,000 “Awesome Award” from the Tallahassee chapter of the Awesome Foundation for her anti-bullying project.

College of Music Faculty Member Receives Fulbright

Dr. Kevin Fenton to introduce American-style choral conducting to music students in Kenya through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Fenton will travel to Nairobi, Kenya in September for a five-week residency, where he will teach conservatoire conductors an alternate approach to the teaching of conducting.

FSU Trumpeter selected for Betty Carter Jazz Ahead

Emily Mikesell, senior jazz trumpet major and student of Scotty Barnhart, has been chosen to join the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Located at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., this international jazz residency program brings together talented young performers under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who help these young performers polish their performance, composing, and arranging skills.

College of Music Students Go Backstage with Major Figures from the World of Opera

Each year, the College of Music brings numerous guest artists and scholars to campus to visit studios, present masterclasses, and give guest lectures. These activities enrich the educational experiences of students, strengthen their professional development, and widen the networks of relationships among the College, its students, and music professionals and organizations throughout the world. Guests for 2015-6 include Renée Fleming, Lenore Rosenberg, Marilyn Horne, and more.

Happy Holidays 2015

Happy Holidays from the FSU College of Music! The College of Music will be closed from December 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016. We wish you a safe an happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in the new year!