UCF Music Department

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).

  November 2:

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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.

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

September 2017

photoUCF 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.

The festival has been specially organized and sponsored by an international music association and two art educational centers in Xinjiang Province.  In festival Dr.

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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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