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Potter to Star in Florida Opera Theatre's "Gianni Schicchi"

November 19, 2012  UCF Opera director, Thomas Potter, will practice what he preaches when he sings the title role in Puccini’s comic opera, GIANNI SCHICCHI with the Florida Opera Theatre – December 8 and 9, 2012. Joining Professor Potter on stage will be several UCF voice students (both current and recent graduates).  Potter says “It is a special honor...

UCF Theatre Alumni Present New York Showcase

November 06, 2012  Alumni from the UCF Theatre Department are presenting a theatrical showcase on Wednesday, November 7 and Friday, November 9 at Shetler Studios in New York City. The event, which has been two years in the making, will feature fourteen theatre and film professionals who boast a wide range of style,...

Theatre Student Organization Hosts One-Act Festival

October 30, 2012  On November 8-11, University of Central Florida’s Project Spotlight will be hosting its semi-annual One-Act Festival. This festival allows students the chance to produce, act in, and direct one-act plays. Project Spotlight is an organization completely governed and overseen by students. The One-Act Festival (OAF) gives those interested in participating...

Student Opera Club Surprises with Flash Mob in Union

October 25, 2012  Students enjoying “Music Monday” in the Student Union heard more than the familiar sounds of the Union’s piano, thanks to the Student Opera Club. About 15 members of the club surprised unsuspecting students with a flash mob, performing their rendition of “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici”, from the opera “La Traviata.”...

Yonetani Performs with Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra

October 24, 2012  Ayako Yonetani recently performed as a special soloist with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra on October 14 at the Bob Carr Auditorium. The music director for the evening was Andrew Lane. Pieces played included works from Verdi, Saint-Saens, Rimsky-Korsakov, and more. Yonetani is also scheduled to play for a special...

Theatre Alum Sidonie Smith Among "I'm A Star" Finalists

September 13, 2012  Theatre UCF Alum Sidonie Smith (M.F.A. Musical Theatre) is one of the 14 finalists in composer-lyricist Scott Alan and Youtube sensation Michael Buckley’s “I’m A Star Contest”. The contest winner will record vocals for a brand-new song by Alan for his upcoming live album. The winner will also have the...

Theatre UCF Students Create Promo for Upcoming Season

August 27, 2012  Theatre students Michael Dritto and Samantha Salerno created a promotional video about Theatre UCF’s 2012-13 season. It premiered at an annual reception for theatre patrons and aired again for theatre students at an all-department assembly on the first day of fall classes. The video not only informs the public about...

Voice Undergraduate Awarded National Scholarship

July 17, 2012  Amber Farish, an undergraduate student of UCF’s Voice program, has been awarded a $2000 Scholarship for the 2012/13 academic year by Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. The award, in honor of Phyllis Dobbins Holt, was awarded to only three students in the country. From SAI: “There were many outstanding applications...

UCF Students and Alumni at Aspen Music Festival

July 16, 2012  Rachelle Jenkins, a 2011 UCF graduate with a BM in Horn Performance, is featured at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival on a Student Spotlight Banner. Rachelle is in her third season at the Aspen Music Festival and holds a New Horizon Fellowship, the most prestigious student award given at the...

Potter to Teach and Perform in Europe

June 19, 2012  UCF Opera director Thomas Potter travels to Germany to teach at Music Theater Bavaria this summer to teach voice, German diction, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and to assist in the directing of several opera scenes.  Additionally, Professor Potter will be singing a 90 minute guest artist recital in the Blaue Quelle Performance Hall in...

2012 Music Scholarship Winners and ΠΚΛ Inductees

May 04, 2012  The UCF Music Department recognizes the 2012 Special Music Scholarship winners and Pi Kappa Lambda inductees. Pi Kappa Lambda is an honors society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music in higher education. 2012 Performance Excellence Award Winner Joshua Herrington 2012 Presser Foundation Scholarship Winner Nick Buonanni 2012...

Theatre UCF Summer Season is Sexy, Mysterious

April 09, 2012  Each summer, Theatre UCF brings three productions to its stages. In 2012, the University of Central Florida program is presenting No Sex Please, We’re British; Deathtrap; and Spike Heels. No Sex Please, We’re British is a comedy by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot. A straight-laced newlywed couple innocently order Scandinavian...

Yonetani Performs with Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo in First American Tour

April 02, 2012  Ayako Yonetani will perform with the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo as they present their first American tour. As a part of a celebration for the Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial, the group will play at the Verizon Hall in Philadelphia on April 27, National Gallery in Washington, Harvard University’s Sander’s Theater in...

Yonetani Performs at Japanese Embassy in Panama

March 27, 2012  Ayako Yonetani recently performed in Panama at an event commemorating the one-year anniversary of Japan’s Tsunami/Earthquake. Yonetani played the famous Bach Chaconne from Solo Partita No. 2. The Japanese Embassy hosted the event on March 9, 2011 at the Museo del Canal. Guests included the Vice President of Panama, the...

Koelble’s Relentless Curiosity About Music

March 20, 2012  As you take the steps down into the belly of Tanqueray’s, an underground bar in Downtown Orlando, you come across a smoky jazz haven adorned with Christmas lights and a wall of mirrors that makes the cramped venue appear twice as big. Cast in a shroud of blue and red...

Theatre UCF Brings Home National Honors

March 05, 2012  Two Theatre UCF actors have been recognized by the National Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) for performances given in 2011. Kevia Goins, a junior in the BFA Acting program at UCF, was awarded “Distinguished Performance by an Actress” for her role as Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean....

Potter to Sing with Sarasota Opera

February 23, 2012  Voice faculty Thomas Potter will sing the role of the Old Doctor in Samuel Barber’s dramatic opera VANESSA with Sarasota Opera. With a libretto written by Gian Carlo Menotti, the performances [March 10, 13, 15, 18, 21, and 24] will be sung in English with English supertitles. Tickets for the...

Nora Lee García joins world-class musicians for idyllic workshops

February 10, 2012  Internationally renowned flutists Deirdre Manning and Nora Lee García-Velázquez are collaborating on two unique workshops. This summer, they are offering weeklong experiences in the foothills of the French Pyrenees and in the quaint lobstering village of Winter Harbor. Participants will spend a week of intensive study with classically trained flutists...

UCF Flute Student Wins 3rd Prize at Annual State Competition

February 03, 2012  UCF flute player Kate Nichols recently won third prize at the Florida Flute Association’s annual College Young Artist Competition. She performed Pierre Sancan’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano on Friday, January 27, 2012 at the association’s annual convention. Kate is a junior in the UCF Flute Studio, pursuing a degree...

UCF Theatre Faculty Members Publish Book on Practical Theatre Theory

January 30, 2012  UCF Theatre faculty members Julia Listengarten and Vandy Wood (publishing under M. Van Duyn Wood), along with former faculty member Megan Altruz have published a compilation of essays, "Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice." The process took six years and includes twenty-two contributors including Chair/Artistic Director of the Theatre Department...