University Musical Associates
For over 30 years the University Musical Associates, also known as the UMA, has served as the patron group for the FSU College of Music performance programs. We support concerts and performance by our talented students and faculty both on the FSU campus, and at prestigious conferences and competitions and other events outside of Tallahassee. We also enhance the College and community by helping bring in guest artists who are world-class performers and scholars. Join us as we return to the stage during the 2021-22 season by becoming a member and subscribing to the UMA Concert Series.
By joining the University Musical Associates, you will receive benefits exclusively available to members:
- Season ticket subscription
- Priority ticket purchase/reservation
- Free ticket exchanges and waived fees when done online
- Invitations to receptions, concert talks, and other artist events
- Reserved parking
- Free extra pair of tickets to a concert of choice (as available)
- Member recognition in programs
- 40% discount on Housewright Virtuoso Series and extra tickets for UMA Concert Series
- Dinner with the College of Music Dean (Available to Dean's Circle members only)
The UMA Concert Series offers subscribers a variety of concerts and events from the College of Music. This series is designed to welcome new or first-time audience members to the College and enrich the experiences of long-time patrons of the arts. Performances in this series will feature an educational or social opportunity as part of the concert experience, including pre- and post- concert lectures and talks. UMA membership includes invitations to "Meet the Artist" receptions and other member events as well as first-priority seating, access to special parking, and discounted tickets on other College of Music events.
2021-2022 UMA Concert Series:
- September 14 - Concert Season Kickoff: ¡De Colores! - The Sights and Sounds of México - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - Valerie M. Trujillo headlines this program featuring compositions of Mexican composers, with particular emphasis on the instrumental works of Carlos Chávez. Professor Trujillo will be joined on stage by faculty and students from the College of Music and School of Dance.
- September 24 - University Wind Orchestra - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - Conductor Richard Clary leads this premiere ensemble that has gained an international reputation for premiere performances of new works and bold interpretations of wind music.
- October 9 - University Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs: Mahler's Resurrection Symphony - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - In the first presentation of this monumental work in over 40 years, the University Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the combined choruses of FSU to celebrate our return to live performances with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. Arguably one of the most powerful works in all orchestral music, this orchestral/choral tour-de-force is a work that must be experienced live. The USO will be joined by soprano Marcy Stonikas and mezzo-soprano Sahoko Timpone.
- October 11 - Jazz Combo - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - The University's top Jazz combo, led by legendary pianist and FSU faculty member Marcus Roberts, offers an evening of the blues presented with creative flair.
- October 28-31 - Fall Opera, W. A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - In German, with English supertitles. The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most beloved and beautiful masterpieces and the Florida State Opera brings a brand-new production to life in our return to fully staged, live performances. This opera tells the story of a young, innocent couple's struggle to confront adversity and find enlightenment and happiness after experiencing life's trials and tribulations.
- November 9 - University Wind Ensemble - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - Director of Bands Patrick Dunnigan leads the FSU Wind Ensemble in a program of classic and new works expertly presented by talented College of Music students and faculty tuba soloist, Justin Benavidez.
- November 13 - University Singers and Chamber Choir - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - The University Singers presents Caroline Shaw's "To the Hands," featuring FSU string faculty artists Shannon Thomas and Corinne Stillwell, violin; Pamela Ryan, viola; Gregory Sauer, cello; and George Speed, bass. The FSU Chamber Choir presents "Mass of Hope." Presenting a diversity of musical styles and thoughts, this curated mass will reflect feelings of hopefulness.
- February 5 - Festival of New Music: International Contemporary Ensemble - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - The International Contemporary Ensemble, known for performances that "propel and challenge how music is made and experienced" join forces with guest composer Pamela Z in this celebration of new music.
- February 18 & 19 - University Philharmonia - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - The always-exciting University Philharmonia will host the winner of the Young Artist Competition, which returns after a one-year hiatus. The competition, hosted by the University Orchestras, takes place in November and features highly talented junior, senior, and master's-level students performing concerto masterpieces.
- February 26 - University Symphony Orchestra - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - The University Symphony Orchestra will perform Jean Sibelius' luscious Violin Concerto with Hannah McLean, winner of the 2021 Doctoral Concerto Competition. Also on the program will be Anthony Iannaccone's Symphony No. 3 "Night Rivers," a work that will be recorded at a later date by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Jiménez, "Night Rivers" is inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman.
- March 3 - Jazz Ensemble I: Oliver Nelson - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - Join FSU's top Jazz ensemble as they perform Nelson's "The Kennedy Dream" and "JazzHattan" suites. Both works were written/recorded by Nelson's Jazz Interactions Orchestra in 1967, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The music encompasses those passions as well as an outlook of life moving ahead, incorporating a full Jazz Orchestra with extended instrumentation.
- March 31-April 3 - Spring Opera, Conrad Susa's Transformations - Opperman Music Hall - In English, with supertitles. Transformations is a brilliant, imaginative, and affecting opera based on American poet Anne Sexton's contemporary interpretation of Grimm's fairy tales. The popular characters and timeless archetypes of familiar stories are brought to vivid, contemporary life in an endlessly creative and eclectic musical setting, which mixes classical, jazz, and popular styles. The opera is sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, and grippingly human.
- April 9 - University Chamber Choir and University Symphony Orchestra: J.S. Bach's St. John Passion - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - The FSU Chamber Choir and University Symphony Orchestra come together in a stunning performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion. This performance will feature faculty soloists Eric Rieger, tenor, and Evan T. Jones, baritone.
- April 12 - University Wind Ensemble - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - Share the sounds of woodwinds, brass, and percussion as they unite in a wide variety of rousing wind band music.
- April 20 - University Wind Orchestra - 7:30pm - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - The UMA season concludes with a concert of classical wind music from recent decades performed by the highly acclaimed Wind Orchestra.
Housewright Virtuoso Series - NOT part of the UMA Concert Series, UMA members receive a 40% discount on tickets when logged into their member account at tickets.music.fsu.edu:
- October 7 - Sing for Hope - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - Stellar sopranos Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora light up the evening accompanied by faculty artists Timothy Hoekman and Valerie M. Trujillo.
- October 19 - Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Monty Alexander, piano - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - Jazz royalty comes to Tallahassee as legendary jazz pianist Monty Alexander joins the top college big band, led by Leon Anderson in a night that will keep you swinging.
- October 22 - Bill Miller, Songs of the Spirit - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - enjoy Native American melodies with three-time Grammy winner Bill Miller, of Mohican heritage, along with Rachel Wheeler and Chris Harvey.
- January 30 - FSU Jazz Faculty and Guests - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - Jazz is on the menu as the stellar FSU Jazz faculty and guest artists conclude Jazz Week on campus. Keep your winter swinging with this concert of Jazz standards and new tunes.
- February 20 - Incantare, Music of the Renaissance and Baroque, Violins and Sackbuts - 3:00pm - Opperman Music Hall - Connect to Europe from the 17th and 18th centuries as this fabulous early music ensemble takes the stage along with collaborative FSU musicians.
- March 1 - Boris Giltburg, piano - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - Join us for an evening of youthful interpretations of piano solo works that the Washington Post describes as having a "singling line, variety of touch and broad dynamic palette capable of great surges of energy."
- May 7 - End of Season Faculty Showcase - 7:30pm - Opperman Music Hall - Celebrate the final concert of the 2021-22 season with a showcase of FSU faculty artists performing hits from the solo and chamber music repertoire.
Special concerts, NOT part of the UMA Concert Series, UMA members can purchase tickets early when logged into their member account at tickets.music.fsu.edu:
- November 30-December 3 - PRISM Concert - Band Extravaganza - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - Join us in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall for a unique, immersive band experience, featuring musical selections ranging from classical to top of the pop charts. With numerous ensembles staged around the audience, a full orchestra on stage and Marching Chiefs along the aisles, there truly is no bad seat in the house!
- December 4-5 - Seasonal Celebration Concert - Ruby Diamond Concert Hall - Sing along with the combined choirs of the Florida State University College of Music as they come together to "sing in" the holiday season with time-honored traditional choral arrangements and contemporary favorites.
- March 5 - Rainbow Concert of World Music - Opperman Music Hall - This spring-time favorite celebrates the rich diversity of musical traditions, showcasing each of the College of Music's World Music ensembles.
To make a contribution to the UMA, please contact:
Jayme Agee, Director of Development, (850) 228-8493 or visit: http://give.fsu.edu/uma
The University Musical Associates is guided by an Executive Committee, a group of 14 community volunteers. Please see a complete listing of Committee members.
Questions concerning UMA information can be directed to Kim Shively. Contact information listed below: