The impact of the Jazz program at Florida State University’s College of Music can be seen and heard throughout the United States. There is a prominent FSU jazz presence in various music scenes, including New York City, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Alumni have toured with renowned artists such as the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Count Basie Orchestra, Jon Cleary, Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, and others. FSU’s world-renowned faculty keep the program thriving. Here is an overview of recent news and accomplishments for the program, faculty, and alumni.


Dr. Kevin Fenton and AVoice4Peace Featured on a New Documentary Film

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.

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.

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.