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.
Faculty members from the FSU College of Music collaborate with Israel's Netanya Chamber Orchestra in their Centennial Series, a program featuring works representative of pivotal moments of the past three centuries. FSU's Director of Orchestra Activities, Dr. Alexander Jiménez, conducted several works, while Dr. Jonathan Holden, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, joined the ensemble as soloist for Ellen Taafe Zwilich's Clarinet Concerto, a composition shaped by the events of 9/11.
The Next Generation of Opera: College of Music Alum Ranked One of Top Young Artists in the World
The opera program at the College of Music continues to produce exceptional performers who are establishing significant careers on stage around the country and throughout the world. Countertenor Ray Chenez (DM, voice performance, 2011) was recently listed among "25 Rising Stars" by Opera News. The magazine described Chenez's voice as "bold and assertive but warm-toned and luxurious" and celebrated his "electric presence" and precise diction.
FSU College of Music and School of Theatre Recognized by Entertainment Publication as Top Ten College for Broadway
Florida State University has been recognized in a recent Playbill Online article as one of the top ten colleges currently represented on Broadway. Playbill Online created the list by tracking where major members of the cast and creative teams on each Broadway show went to college. FSU ranks 10th on the list, alongside schools such as New York University, The Julliard School, and Northwestern University.
College of Music graduate student saxophone quartet Singularity to represent the College of Music at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as part of FSU's 2015 "Noles in NYC" initiative.
FSU Music Theatre students Jonathan Mousset, Tanisha Moore, and Danny Burgos recently embarked on a week-long musical journey through Costa Rica as part of the "Promising Artists of the Twenty-first Century" program.