UCF Music Department

Rupert & Drexler’s new release climbs jazz album charts

February 2017

photoThe latest album from UCF's esteemed jazz faculty has been well received following its release on January 6. Imagination, a live duo recording from Rupert & Drexler, debuted at #16 during its first week on the CMJ chart, made the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report, and landed on CMJ and JazzWeek’s ‘Most Added’ charts.

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Virtuoso Pianist André Laplante Returns for UCF Piano Day

January 2017

photoDue to popular demand, virtuoso French-Canadian concert pianist André Laplante returns as the guest artist of the third Annual UCF Piano Day.

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Potter to sing opera in Lakeland

January 2017

photoThomas Potter, UCF voice teacher and opera director, will sing the lead baritone role of “Tonio” in Leoncavallo's famous opera Pagliacci (the clowns) with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at the Branscomb Auditorium in Lakeland, FL on Saturday, January 21.

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Piano Professor Reviews Student Auditions in Beijing

January 2017

photoPiano professor Yun-Ling Hsu has been invited to review live piano auditions in Beijing, China in January.

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Wind Ensemble Concert Moves

December 2016

photoSunday’s concert by the UCF Wind Ensemble, which will feature a marimba concerto by Dean Jeff Moore of the College of Arts & Humanities as soloist, has a new venue and time. The free concert will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Timber Creek High School, 1001 Avalon Park South Blvd., Orlando. The ensemble is under the direction of Chung Park, an assistant professor in the music department. For details: 407-823-1500.

UCF Marching Knights and Music Fraternities & Sororities Participated in Fall Classic Opening Ceremonies

November 2016

photoOn Friday, November 11th, members of the UCF Marching Knights and our Music Fraternities and Sororities participated in the Fall Classic Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic. The Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic is the culminating celebration and competition for athletes, partners, and coaches participating in cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, and Unified flag football. State Fall Classic took place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 11-12, 2016. It hosted more than 1,200 athletes, partners, and coaches. Special thanks to David Barocas, UCF Trumpet player, for organizing this incredible opportunity.

UCF Music professor Laszlo Marosi lauded

November 2016

photoLaszlo Marosi, associate professor at UCF, has been honored with several prestigious music awards from international organizations over the past year.

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Jazz legend Ira Sullivan to join Flying Horse Big Band in concert

November 2016

photoUCF's Flying Horse Big Band will perform with five-time Grammy nominee Ira Sullivan on Friday, November 4. The premier ensemble of the university's jazz studies program, the Flying Horse Big Band is under the direction of Pegasus Professor Jeff Rupert, director of Jazz Studies.

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García performs at International Flute Convention near Paris

October 2016

photoAssociate professor Nora Lee García recently performed at the 5th International Flute Convention hosted by the Maurice-Ravel Conservatory in Levallois, France.

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UCF Percussionist Performs Soundtrack based on SunRail Travels

October 2016

photoIn October, UCF Music faculty and percussionist Dr. Thad Anderson will give two free performances of Northbound, a travel soundtrack he composed based on a light rail trip. The performances will take place on Thursday, October 27 on the UCF campus and Sunday, October 30, at the Timucua Arts White House.

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UCF Music to Host All-State Preparation Clinic for Middle, High Schoolers

August 2016

photoThe University of Central Florida will offer a day-long All-State Preparation Clinic to middle and high school students on Saturday, August 27. The clinic is free, but advance registration is required.

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Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein Takes the Helm at the School of Performing Arts

August 2016

photoAs director of the UCF School of the Performing Arts, Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein is focused on enhancing the school's strengths and showcasing those attributes to the community.

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Welcome SPA Faculty Member: Si-Yan Darren Li

June 2016

photoThe UCF School of Performing Arts is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Si-Yan Darren Li to the Music faculty. Li will be leading the cello studio at the university.

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Tremon Kizer Will Oversee UCF Athletic Bands

June 2016

photoAs the University of Central Florida's new Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, Tremon Kizer will oversee all aspects of the athletic band program and teach courses in music education.

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UCF's The World Goes 'Round is a Song-and-Dance Extravaganza

June 2016

photoThe UCF School of Performing Arts opens The World Goes 'Round, a musical revue of songs by songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb. The production runs June 23 through July 2 on the Theatre UCF Main Stage.

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Music Professor Rupert Honored by UCF Board of Trustees

June 2016

photoMusic Professor Jeffrey Rupert has been honored as a "foremost scholar" by the UCF Board of Trustees and has been granted one of eight "Trustee Chair" awards.

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UCF Names New Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities

May 2016

photoAfter an extensive national search that began in October, the University of Central Florida has selected Jeffrey Moore, director of UCF’s School of Performing Arts, as its new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. He will start his new role Aug. 8.

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UCF's Voicebox Reaches International A Cappella Finals

April 2016

photoVoicebox a cappella group from UCF has sung its way to the finals of this weekend’s International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in New York.

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Chiu Wins 2016 Performance Excellence Competition

March 2016

photoPercussionist and music major Calvin Chiu won the 2016 Performance Excellence Competition. The contest is hosted annually by the UCF School of Performing Arts.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Experience 'The Warped Side of the Universe'

March 2016

photoAn out-of-this-world collaboration of music, science and visual effects will fuse when the story creator and artists of the science fiction film Interstellar will present a star-studded event with UCF musicians April 9 at the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival.

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UCF Creates Entertainment Management Degree with $5 Million Donation

March 2016

photoThe Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida has received a $5 million private donation to establish a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Management starting Fall 2016. The donor wishes to remain anonymous. This four-year undergraduate program will focus on the managerial aspects of entertainment and is the first of its kind to be offered by a SACS-accredited public institution in the United States.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts' Musical Performances to Feature Variety of Tastes

March 2016

photoThe music performances at the second UCF Celebrates the Arts will take you on a journey across the globe. The variety is sure to appeal to many, including those who might not normally attend a classical concert.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Join 400th Anniversary Observance of Shakespeare

February 2016

photoAs part of UCF’s second annual UCF Celebrates the Arts in April, the university’s orchestra and choruses will team up with Orlando Shakespeare Theater to present a program in collaboration with the worldwide 400th anniversary observance of William Shakespeare’s death.

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WUCF Artisodes Takes the Stage with Michael Feinstein

February 2016

photoOn this week’s WUCF Artisodes, meet a University of Central Florida student training with five-time Grammy nominated recording artist, Michael Feinstein. The popular sing mentors youth through his “Songbook Academy.”

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UCF Jazz Studies student to be featured with Josh Groban

February 2016

photoWhen internationally acclaimed pop vocalist Josh Groban takes to the stage in three Central Florida performances, he will be joined by Alex Lewis, a senior UCF Jazz Studies trumpet major.

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Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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