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New film spotlights FSU professor’s pursuit of world peace

When Florida State University music professor Kevin Fenton puts his mind to something, he thinks big and acts bigger. Fenton is pursuing a unique mission to use the international language of music to help spread peace around the world. Now, a powerful new documentary spotlights his work to accomplish that goal. The film, just released […]

Socially minded FSU student selected 2017 Humanity in Action fellow

Florida State University rising senior Roberto Flores has received a 2017 fellowship by Humanity in Action an international organization that educates and inspires young leaders who are passionate about changing the world.  Flores, 21, is one of 30 undergraduate students and recent graduates from the United States and Europe who were selected as winners of […]

FSU researcher wins fellowship to resurrect Native American hymns

A Florida State University musicology professor has won a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for her efforts to revive some special Native American hymns from the 18th century. Sarah Eyerly, assistant professor of musicology and director of FSU’s Early Music Program, is the recipient of an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship. The […]

Forever a teacher: World-renowned composer, music professor returns to FSU for historic opera

One of America’s greatest opera composers is looking forward to a very sweet homecoming at Florida State University. The return of world-renowned, former FSU Professor Carlisle Floyd, 90, has been a long time coming. Sixty-two years ago, Floyd’s opera “Susannah” premiered at Florida State’s Ruby Diamond Auditorium, as it was known then. The show was […]

FSU professor honored for lifetime contributions to choral music

A Florida State University music professor has received the highest award conferred by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). André J. Thomas, Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music in the FSU College of Music, was recognized as the association’s 2017 Robert Shaw Choral Award winner at the ACDA National Conference earlier this month. The Robert […]

College of Music welcomes world-renowned pianist for performance, masterclasses

The Florida State University College of Music will welcome internationally renowned pianist Paul Lewis for a performance and masterclasses as part of its continuing mission of bringing world-class artists and scholars to Tallahassee. Lewis is this year’s Wiley & Lucilla Housewright Eminent Scholar Chair in Music, which plays a vital role in the enrichment of […]

FSU Fulbright Scholar to teach universal language of music at Russian conservatory

Florida State University Professor Iain Quinn will teach organ lessons, give lectures and play concerts this semester at the distinguished Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, through a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award. The conservatory is one of the largest and most prestigious music schools in Eurasia and the world. “I’m thrilled at this opportunity,” […]

FSU faculty, students connect with prison choir through power of music

When Judy Bowers was first asked if Florida State University’s choral education program would work with the choir at the Gadsden Correctional Facility, the longtime professor hesitated. She was uncomfortable with prison culture, and there was no chance she was going to send her students into that environment. Instead, Bowers made a solo visit to […]

University Symphony Orchestra, choral ensembles offer first-ever live stream performance

For the first time ever, music lovers around the world can experience one of the Florida State University College of Music’s live performances from the comfort of their own homes.  Family, friends and music aficionados will be able to watch via livestream.com/musicFSU when the University Symphony Orchestra — one of the premier ensembles of the […]

Strife to stardom: FSU alum lights up international opera scene

Everything is going Ryan Speedo Green’s way these days. The Florida State University graduate has become a rock star in the world of opera. Audiences love him and his big, booming voice. And, so do fickle critics, who praise his towering voice and commanding stage presence: “A voice as mighty as a cannon.”  “Voice exudes […]

FSU outreach efforts take classical music from the concert hall to the campus

The Florida State University College of Music and community partner the Artist Series of Tallahassee will come together to present one of the nation’s largest classical music outreach efforts. Acclaimed classical chamber music ensemble the Daedalus Quartet will lead a range of initiatives to increase student participation with classical music and encourage arts experiences for […]

FSU music professor organizes worldwide peace awareness project

A Florida State University music professor wants choirs around the world to celebrate the power of song during the International Day of Peace. Kevin Fenton has taught conducting and choral literature classes and directed several choral groups at FSU’s College of Music for nearly 16 years. But, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 — the United Nations General […]