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Percussion Instructor Publishes Timpani Book

August 26, 2009  Kirk Gay has published a book of timpani etudes and solos for beginning to advanced players. The book, titled Pedal to the Kettle, addresses the demands of today’s emerging timpanists, bringing new, modern life to performing on this unique instrument. The etudes (written for 2 or 4 drums) are presented...

Trumpet Professor Tours Florida and North Carolina High Schools in the Spring

August 25, 2009  UCF trumpet teacher, John Almeida, toured several Florida and North Carolina high schools during the end of the 2009 Spring semester. He performed as a guest trumpet soloist with several superb high-school-band wind ensembles including Lakewood Ranch High School, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Wind Symphony, and Central Davidson...

Music Grad Student wins American Viola Society's David Dalton Research Competition

July 23, 2009  Jennifer Mueller, a graduate student in UCF’s College of Music, recently won first prize in the American Viola Society’s annual David Dalton Research Competition. Her paper is entitled, “Finding Emotion in Bartok’s Viola Concerto,” and investigates emotional responses to music as a way to analyze musical form. The paper will...

UCF Grad Student Born To Be On Stage

July 06, 2009  Graduate student Trent Fucci will star as Prince Hal in The Arboretum’s Summerfest production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One July 8th-12th. Fucci will have the opportunity to play the role of Prince Hal for the next three summers if the play is well received. Read more about Fucci’s career...

UCF Summer Theater Opens with "Greater Tuna"

June 02, 2009  Assistant Professors Mark Brotherton and Earl Weaver star in and direct this year’s first UCF summer show, “Greater Tuna.” Weaver will also direct “Cole!” later this summer.

UCF Partners receive Disney grants

May 28, 2009  Two UCF partners have received Disney’s Helping Kids Shine grants. The Orlando Repertory Theatre, home to the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Theatre for Young Audiences, received $10,800 to fund their ACT! Outreach Program. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, host to third-year students in the Theatre Department’s Masters of Fine...

UCF Baritone to Sing in Richard Wagner's opera "Das Rheingold"

May 01, 2009  Baritone Thomas Potter will sing the role of Donner in Richard Wagner’s opera “Das Rheingold” with the Indianapolis Opera Company and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Mario Venzago. More information may be found at:

UCF Wind Ensemble Composition Award

April 30, 2009  At the UCF Music Department’s annual Honors Convocation, Jay Batzner presented the UCF Wind Ensemble Composition Competition Award to Brandon Clinton.

UCF Music’s Presser Foundation Award

April 30, 2009  At the UCF Music Department’s annual Honors Convocation, department chair Johnny Pherigo presented the Presser Foundation Award to Allessandro Bonotto.

David L. Brunner: Recognizing 20 Years of Excellent Service to the University

April 08, 2009  As Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida, David L. Brunner has been honored for his 20 years of excellent service to UCF. Brunner conducts the University Chorus and Madrigal Singers, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and coaches private composition students....

CAH Graduate Student Researcher of the Year

April 08, 2009  Liz Brendel receives CAH Graduate Student Researcher of the Year award for 2008/2009. A M.F.A. student in the Theatre Department, Ms. Brendel’s research titled “Aphra Behn’s The Rover A study of Feminism and Class” won top honors at the 2008 Graduate Research Forum.

Eladio Scharrón receives In-House Grant

April 07, 2009  Eladio Scharrón has been awarded a 2009 In-House Grant that will allow him to finish his work on the recording of the complete works for guitar of Manuel M. Ponce. This Mexican composer is one of the most important classical guitar composers in the 20th century. Three CDs are already...

UCF students and faculty perform at Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center event

April 07, 2009  Theatre students Luke Bernard and Erika Lyon performed at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida Tribute dinner for John and Rita Lowndes. The students were well received as they performed pieces from the recent Theatre Department production of West Side Story. Theatre faculty member Be Boyd also...

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA spotlights UCF Theatre grad

April 07, 2009  Rebecca Podsednik, a graduate of the Theatre for Young Audiences M.F.A. Program, has been spotlighted by the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People’s United States Chapter. She is currently Tour Coordinator in the Theater for Young Audiences program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Nora Lee García-Velazquez honored by La Prensa

March 19, 2009  Nora Lee García-Velazquez has been named among 2009’s “Hispanic Women Who Make the Difference” by La Prensa, the premier Spanish newsweekly in Central Florida. She won in the Education category along with Linda Rosa-Lugo, also of UCF. La Prensa Publisher/CEO Dora Toro and Justina Gonzalez Marti acted as events coordinator...

UCF Flute Ensemble tours Guatemala

March 04, 2009  The UCF Flute Ensemble will tour Guatemala under the direction of Nora Lee García-Velázquez from March 6 to 13. The ensemble will appear in Guatemala City and Antigua, performing music by American, French and Latin American composers.

UCF Theatre production of Marisol invited to regional conference

February 03, 2009  The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) Region IV Selection Team invites the UCF Conservatory Theatre production of Marisol to the regional conference in Greensboro, NC. Winners at the conference will perform at the Kennedy Center this spring.

Kimberly Saunders Randall and Thomas Potter to perform Donna Elvira and Leporello in Don Giovanni

December 02, 2008  Soprano Kimberly Saunders Randall and baritone Thomas Potter will appear in the January 24, 2009 performance of Don Giovanni with the Imperial Symphony of Lakeland on the Florida Southern College campus. Randall will sing the role of Donna Elvira and Potter will sing the role of Leporello.

Potter and Orlando Opera in Il Trovatore

November 01, 2008  Baritone Thomas Potter will sing the role of Count di Luna in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il Trovatore with the Orlando Opera Company.

Chicurel publishes musical theatre textbook

September 24, 2008  Steven Chicurel has cowritten Music Theory for Musical Theatre, a textbook published by The Scarecrow Press. John Bell and Steven R. Chicurel explore how musical theatre composers use basic principles of music theory to help illuminate characters and tell stories, while helping the student understand the form, structure, and dramatic...