UCF Music Department

Listen: Laszlo Marosi Conducts the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra

September 2018

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Conducting professor Laszlo Marosi visited Mexico this past April as a guest conductor to the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra. Click below to listen to Marosi conduct Béla Bartók's "Concerto for Orchestra."

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UCF Piano Graduate ‘17 Corin Staves Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Munich, Germany

August 2018

photoCongratulations to Corin Staves ’17, an alumnus of the Bachelor's of Music in music performance and the Piano Studio, on being named a 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar and awarded a scholarship to participate in international exchange programs in Munich, Germany!  Staves is drawn to Munich because of its vibrant music community and plans to join a student orchestra and further his piano studies.  He will also pursue a master’s in transportation systems at the Technical University of Munich in the fall of 2018.

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Piano Professor Hosts Guests from China for an “East meets West” Summer Piano Program on UCF Campus

July 2018

photoThis year’s All-Steinway Summer Piano Progam held this June at the School of Performing Arts brought a special collaboration between two groups of pianists; young pianists from the age of 12-17 from Florida and professional piano teachers from China. These nine young piano teachers came from five different cities in China and were visiting as members of the European Piano Teachers Association’s China Program. In this first-time collaboration, these two groups of participated together in classes and activities, such as showcase performances, discussion sessions and participating in a yoga for piano class.

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Opera UCF students praised by Denyce Graves

June 2018

photoFive opera students had the opportunity to participate in a private master class with Denyce Graves in front of a small audience at Snap! Space on June 10. “The morning consisted of a Q&A with [opera star Denyce] Graves, followed by arias from five of the students with the Washington native giving notes on their performances. Over the course of the morning, Graves, 58, spoke on everything from the need for tenacity in an opera career to specific movement choices for auditions,” said Trevor Fraser in the Orlando Sentinel. “Based on what she saw at this reception, Graves thinks UCF is on the path to be of note,” the article concludes.

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UCF welcomes Yoon Joo Hwang as new bassoon professor

May 2018

photoThe School of Performing Arts is proud to welcome to the faculty Dr. Yoon Joo Hwang, Assistant Professor of Bassoon.

Recently, Dr. Hwang held teaching positions at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy in California. In addition, she has taught several courses at the University of Colorado Boulder.

As a performer, Dr. Hwang has performed recitals and toured with numerous orchestras in Germany, Asia, and the United States.

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UCF flute faculty member Nora Lee García recitalist at Carnegie Hall

May 2018

photoOn April 28, 2018, UCF flute faculty member Dr. Nora Lee García played at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York. The concert, called “All that Jazz,” culminates the 5th Season of the InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Garcia played music from Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos the Jet Whistle for flute and cello with Misha Quint and Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin the Trio for flute, cello and piano with Misha Quint and Theresa Bogard.

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How a Song Provided Comfort after Hurricane Maria

May 2018

photoArleen Ramirez doesn’t think the word “busy” applies to her. But just try to keep up. Ramirez is a family-first wife and mother of four, ranging in age from 3 to 19. She is a studio artist at Opera Orlando, mentors aspiring musical artists on Skype, and writes and performs her own music — including one song, Isla del Cordero, that recently gained international acclaim on YouTube. More on that later.

And this morning, Ramirez will graduate from UCF with a master’s degree in music.

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UCF Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band play with acclaimed musicians at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018

March 2018

photoOn April 9 at 7:30 P.M., the UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform together in the Walt Disney Theater as part of UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018. Each band will play their own assortment of compositions, many of which feature or pay tribute to renowned composers and musicians. The Wind Ensemble’s piece in particular, “Zodiac Concerto,” includes the musical stylings of world-renowned solo artists William Caballero and Roger Oyster.

  The creation of “Zodiac Concerto” began in 2006 with “Gemini,” which was commissioned as a solo piece.

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Associate professor Dr. László Marosi named honorary professor in home country, Hungary

March 2018

photoAssociate professor Dr. László Marosi was named an honorary professor in his home country of Hungary by Istvan Szechenyi University on March 14, 2018. Read more about Dr. Marosi here.

UCF welcomes David Bjella as new Cello Professor

March 2018

photoThe Music Department is thrilled to announce that David Bjella will be joining the faculty as Professor of Cello this fall. Bjella was previously Professor of Cello at Stetson University for more than 20 years.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cellist David Bjella has an extensive, multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist. While teaching at Stetson University, he is also Co-Principal of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis Tennessee for the last 18 years under the direction of Michael Stern and was a member of the Inman Piano Trio for 13 years.

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Student choruses promote social justice at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018

March 2018

photoThe UCF Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, University Chorus, and Chamber Singers will treat guests to music with a message at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018. Their concert, entitled Journey to Justice (Singing the Journey),” addresses social inequalities, prejudice, and discrimination, but also hopefulness and the potential for change. The performance is on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 P.M. in the Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

  The program contains musical pieces representing specific instances of unfairness in society.

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4th UCF Celebrates the Arts to Feature Tributes to Bernstein, President Hitt

February 2018

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts–eight days of music, performances and visual displays–returns April 6-14 for a fourth year. The university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando will open with a tribute to American composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein and close with a concert featuring jazz artists, the UCF Orchestra and Flying Horse Big Band celebrating UCF President John C. Hitt’s contribution to UCF and Orlando.

The festival consists of free or low-cost presentations by the School of Visual Arts & Design and the School of Performing Arts.

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Piano students, faculty in Luxembourg for International Festival

December 2017

photoOn August 7-21, UCF piano professor Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu and two piano students Daria Park and Danielle Buckles attended the Vianden International Music Festival and Summer School in Vianden, Luxembourg.  The festival is a two-week intensive summer music performance program for international young talented musicians, guest artists, and distinguished faculty from U.S.A., Canada, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany.  Dr. Hsu has been invited by the festival Artist Director Semyon Rozin before, in 2015, and she has been invited back to the 2018 festival.

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November events from the School of Performing Arts

November 2017

photoWith holidays and the end of the semester around the corner, make sure you mark your calendar now for these incredible Theatre UCF and Music events! Tickets, if required, can be obtained online, by calling (407) 823-1500, or by visiting the UCF School of Performing Arts Box Office (Monday-Friday from noon-5:00 p.m. at the PAC-M, Building 119 and 2 hours before Theatre performance in the UCF Theatre, Building 6).

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