UCF Music Department

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).

  November 2: Collide Series: UCF New Music Ensemble Concert at 8 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free admission

  • The UCF New Music Ensemble hosts its inaugural performance in its first semester. The ensemble was founded to give Music majors experience performing works by living composers, to play in mixed ensemble formats, and to collaborate closely with composers.

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UCF and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Partner with the National Young Composers Challenge for 2017 Composium

September 2017

photoThis November 12, the University of Central Florida, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Young Composers Challenge [NYCC] will join forces to present the 2017 Composium at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions chosen by judges – and written by young musicians ages 13 to 18 – will be performed and recorded by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and musicians from the UCF faculty at the Composium.

Founded in 2005, the NYCC is a non-profit charitable organization whose goal is to promote the creation of new orchestral music and the next generation of American composers. The purpose of the Composium is to involve and educate the public in the process of new music creation in order to build greater understanding and support for symphony orchestras and orchestral music.

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Hsu as the Guest Pianist for US-China Piano Festival in Northwest China

September 2017

UCF Piano Professor Yun-Ling Hsu was invited as the guest pianist for the Second US-China Piano Festival held in Ürümqi (Xinjiang Province), Northwest China from July 28 to August 5, 2017.  The largest city in China's western interior, Ürümqi has been a multi-ethnic city and was a major hub on the Silk Road.

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UCF Welcomes New Trombone Professor, Luis F. Fred

June 2017

photoLuis F. Fred is the new trombone professor at the University of Central Florida. He was principal trombone of the Puerto Rico Symphony and professor of trombone at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He has extensive symphonic experience having performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Symphony orchestras. He was co-principal trombone of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Madrid Opera) and Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla.

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UCF Flying Horse Big Band's Record Climbing the Charts

June 2017

photoThe Flying Horse Big Band is garnering a bit of national attention for its most recent album, Big Man on Campus, which at the time of this writing is #6 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 and #45 on the JazzWeek Top 50. The album debuted on RMR at #17, and has rocketed to within spitting distance of the top five in just a few short weeks.

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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

January 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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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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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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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.

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