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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...

Potter and UCF Wind Ensemble Together

September 11, 2008  Thomas Potter will sing Andrew Boysen’s “Symphony No. 2” with the UCF Wind Ensemble on Friday, September 26.

UCF Jazz Festival on NPR

August 21, 2008  On Saturday October 16, 2008, NPR’s JazzSet program features the 2008 UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival with One for All. The Festival, recorded February 23, 2008, broadcasts worldwide. Locally, the program is presented by Orlando’s 90.7 WMFE-FM and on the Web at

Sara Myers takes gold at Drum Corps International Championships

August 12, 2008  Sara Myers, a sophomore music education major, wins first place for High Brass at the Drum Corps Individual & Ensemble Competition held in Indianapolis, IN. The Individual & Emsemble Competition is a highly competitive event during the Drum Corps International Championships. She scored 97 points out of a possible 100.

Potter with Imperial Symphony in Don Giovanni

August 09, 2008  Baritone Thomas Potter sings the role of Leporello in a fully staged version of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni with the Imperial Symphony in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, January 24.

Keith Koons elected president of the International Clarinet Association

July 14, 2008  At ClarinetFest in Kansas City, Keith Koons was elected president of the International Clarinet Association. He will serve from 2008 to 2010.

Potter Sings with the Imperial Symphony in Don Giovanni

January 01, 2008  Baritone Thomas Potter sang the role of Baron Scarpia in a fully staged version of Puccini’s opera Tosca with the Imperial Symphony in Lakeland, Florida.

UCF Opera Professor Sings in Falstaff

May 01, 2007  Thomas Potter, Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, sang the role of “Ford” in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Falstaff with the Indianapolis Opera.