UCF Music Department

Story of a… Drum Major

November 2018

photoShe started leading at Boone High School. Spielman served two years as a drum major at Boone, where her sister was also a drum major, before attending her musical family’s alma mater. “I had always wanted to come to UCF.”   The word “quit” isn’t in her dictionary. “I’ve auditioned for drum major every year I’ve been here. After each […]

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Classic tale Of Mice and Men moves into Theatre UCF’s Black Box

November 2018

photoJohn Steinbeck’s seminal classic, Of Mice and Men, depicts life in Depression-era California, but the themes and message of this story persist today. Dramaturg Bruce Costella explains that, “This kind of cultural ubiquity can be attributed to both the story’s shrewd prose and lasting heart.” Steinbeck initially conceived Of Mice and Men as a marriage […]

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UCF Women’s Chorus tackles “The Planets” with Orlando Philharmonic

November 2018

photoThe UCF Women’s Chorus is performing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra this Saturday as part of their concert series. “We’ve been asked to perform Gustav Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets, which involves a treble chorus,” says Kelly Miller, UCF’s Women’s Chorus Director. “It’s an absolute honor in every way, shape and form. We are just so excited.” […]

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Knights Saxophone Quartet win first place at Florida MTNA Chamber Winds

October 2018

photoCongratulations to the Knights Saxophone Quartet for their 1st place finish in this weekend’s Florida MTNA Chamber Winds Competition. They advance to the southeast regional round where they will compete with other winners from Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.   The MTNA National Student Competitions are the most successful and […]

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UCF Wind Ensemble releases new recording inspired by Greek mythology

October 2018

photoThe UCF Wind Ensemble has a new recording available featuring a piece inspired by Greek mythology. The “Zodiac Concerto” for solo horn, solo euphonium and wind ensemble by Anthony DiLorenzo brought together UCF students and faculty with professional musicians from around the country for this special collaboration. The 3-movement piece was performed by the UCF […]

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From Atlanta to New York, Theatre alumna makes her Broadway debut in new musical The Prom

October 2018

photoThe annual springtime tradition of prom is already a big deal – a crucial over-the-top social milestone for most high school students. Some students fuss over cummerbund choices, others fret about dinner plans – and some worry if their choice of a date will be met with acceptance, or conflict. The new musical The Prom […]

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Jazz Professors to bring “cool” to UCF

October 2018

photoBy Tanesha Bridenback “Swingin’. Cookin’. Ground Breaking.” Three words that Jeff Rupert, director of jazz studies, uses to describe Miles Davis’ album “The Birth of the Cool.” Originally produced in 1949, the album features a nine-piece band, that includes traditionally classical instruments like the French horn and tuba. However, what makes this piece truly “groundbreaking” […]

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Hot Mikado updates classic operetta with jazz and anime-inspired design

October 2018

photoTheatre UCF’s production of Hot Mikado brings a unique design concept to the show and to the company: Japanese anime. Based on The Mikado, a comedic 1880s operetta which follows young lovers living in a fictional Japanese town where acts as small as flirting are a capital crime, Hot Mikado sets the original story and […]

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UCF Professor Celebrates Fashion Icon Harriett Lake in New Book

September 2018

photoAlthough Harriett Lake couldn’t explain her devotion to clothes, something led the Orlando fashion icon and philanthropist to spend her life collecting the most unique and eye-catching outfits and accessories. A new book titled “Too Much is Not Enough: The History in Harriett’s Closet” by Kristina Tollefson, a costume designer and associate professor of theatre at UCF, […]

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Listen: Laszlo Marosi Conducts the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra

September 2018

photoConducting 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.” Click here to learn more about Laszlo Marosi.

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