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.
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.
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.
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.