UCF Music Department

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. In 2017 Oyster approached colleague Scott Lubaroff, now conductor of the Wind Ensemble, with the suggestion that they expand it to a full concerto that keeps in line with the Greek Mythology theme. Thus, with the additions of “Capricorn” and “Aries,” “Zodiac Concerto” was complete.

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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.

Associate professor Dr. László Marosi named honorary professor by university in home country of Hungary

March 2018

Associate professor Dr. László Marosi was named honorary professor by Istvan Szechenyi University in Gyor, Hungary, his home country, on March 14th, 2018. Dr. Marosi  

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. Professor Bjella is one of the featured IRIS chamber musicians for the Naxos-released CD, "Music of Stephen Hartke," which was chosen by the New York Times as a Top Ten Classical Recording.

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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. “The Hungry Angels,” performed by the Chamber Singers, refers to world hunger, while their piece “Motherless Child” concerns childhood orphancy. Similarly, the Women’s Chorus will sing their composition “But a Flint Holds Fire,” a reference to the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

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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. Many events feature collaborations across the university and community partners.

“We’ve selected outstanding projects that represent the best of UCF,” said Michael Wainstein, director of the School of Performing Arts and producer of the festival.

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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.   As guest piano faculty, Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu taught lessons, coached chamber music, and performed in faculty recitals.  Her festival performance highlight included the European Premier on a trio work (2012) for Horn, Violin and Piano by the American composer Eric Ewazen.

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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: 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 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. Hsu performed a recital, presented a lecture, taught lessons and master classes to young pianists, and also judged the Elite Young Musician Competition.

In addition to presenting in the festival, Dr. Hsu visited piano schools in Ürümqi and exchanged ideas with many local music professionals.  She expressed: "I felt very special to be invited to come to this region of China to see its development of the Western music and meet so many young talents!"

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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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