UCF Music Department

Successful UCF Celebrates the Arts 2017 Already Looking Ahead to 2018

April 2017

photoJust a few days after the third annual UCF Celebrates the Arts concluded its eight-day run of concerts, presentations, lectures and workshops, planners have already started working on next year’s festival.

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Dr. Luis Araya joins the UCF Faculty as Assistant Professor of Trumpet

April 2017

photoDr. Luis Miguel Araya is the new Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the world renowned Dallas Brass, and most recently was the Trumpet Artist in Residence at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Known as versatile musician, he has played a wide range of musical styles, ranging from classical to popular and Latin music. He has studied music extensively both in Costa Rica and in the United States, holding a Bachelor of Music degree from the National Institute of Music (Costa Rica), a Master of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University. Born in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Luis was a member of the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra (1997-2012), and was on the faculty of both the National Institute of Music and the University of Costa Rica.

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Congratulations to the UCF School of Performing Arts' New Horn Professor, Dr. Benjamin Lieser!

April 2017

photoDr. Benjamin Lieser is the new Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Central Florida School of Performing Arts. He holds degrees from Florida State University (BA, DM) and the University of Cincinnati (MM). His teachers include William Capps, Randy Gardner, Michelle Stebleton, Duane Duggar, and Randall Faust.

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László Marosi’s Recent CD Recognized as Recording of the Month

April 2017

photoUCF Music professor László Marosi's recent CD, Ferenc Farkas Music for Wind Ensemble, has been recognized as "recording of the month" on MusicWeb International. The CD, a selection of works by Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas, was conducted by László with the Budapest Wind Symphony, and includes works from chamber groups to full wind bands.

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UCF Music Professor to Conduct Youth Jazz Orchestra

April 2017

photoUCF Pegasus Professor and Jazz Studies director, Jeff Rupert, will be the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's new Jazz Orchestra's conductor starting Fall 2017. The orchestra, a 17-20 piece ensemble, will feature middle and high school musicians from ages 13 to 20, and will focus on big band jazz music.

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UCF Welcomes Director of Bands, Dr. Scott Lubaroff

April 2017

photoScott Lubaroff will join the music faculty at the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 2017 as Professor of Music and Director of Bands, leading a comprehensive ensemble program that includes four concert bands, athletic bands, and chamber winds He will also oversee the graduate program in wind conducting. Dr. Lubaroff comes to UCF after twelve years as Director of Bands (3 years also as Chair of the Department of Music) at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg. Under his direction, the UCM Wind Ensemble performed twice by invitation in New York’s Carnegie Hall (2016; 2010), three times in a seven-year span at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference (2015; 2011; 2008), and performed for the 2014 Southwest Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.

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Ninth Annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival Engages Both Students and the Community

March 2017

photoThe ninth annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, occurring March 24 and 25 on the University of Central Florida campus, will showcase the talent of local high school jazz bands and feature performances by renowned jazz musicians.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Return April 7-14 for 3rd Season

February 2017

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

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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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