UCF Music Department

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” is its emergence as the new jazz standard from the traditional ones set in the 1940’s by big bands in the swing era.

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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, and Jodi Ozimek captures the fascinating life of Lake, connecting her stunning collection with the events that defined her life and legacy.

When Tollefson joined the UCF faculty, she heard about a local woman who owned every piece of clothing she had ever purchased.

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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 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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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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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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