FSU College of Music

The sound of music: FSU programs adapt in age of COVID-19

Music is in the air once again at Florida State University. While the pandemic has upended “normal” campus life, students and faculty from the College of Music are using the unexpected course of events as a source of creativity and inspiration. As students returned to campus this fall, FSU’s renowned music programs and their faculty […]

College of Music to continue successful virtual tele-therapy services 

Like many other healthcare providers around the world, music therapy faculty and students from the Florida State University College of Music have reinvented how they deliver services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, FSU’s music therapists are providing tele-music therapy, which allows them to provide beneficial services to clients in a safe manner and offers opportunities and challenges for student training.   “The Music Therapy program at Florida State […]

College of Music hits all the high notes under Flowers’ leadership 

Florida State University changes people’s lives for the better, and the College of Music’s Dean, Patricia Flowers, is a classic example.  Flowers, who graduated with a doctorate from the FSU College of Music in 1981, has served as dean since 2013. She will step down from that position in June after helping build upon the college’s outstanding reputation for the past seven years.  “FSU reaches people from all walks of life, […]

FSU arts faculty get creative to overcome challenges of remote learning

Whether they’re teaching studio art, dance, music or interior architecture and design, Florida State University faculty in the creative disciplines are facing some unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.   When FSU moved to remote learning on March 23, it made most faculty across campus completely rethink their lesson plans. That’s especially true for the arts, where many faculty are reimagining how they normally communicate and teach the best practices of the creative process.   But despite these changes, both faculty and […]

FSU jazz professor to world premiere Duke Ellington works at Carnegie Hall

A Florida State University jazz professor will world premiere his new arrangements of Duke Ellington’s later orchestral works alongside the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Marcus Roberts, associate professor of jazz piano, will perform Ellington’s “New World A-Comin’” and “Three Black Kings” for Jazz Trio and Large Orchestra. The performance […]

Esteemed retired professors present major gift to Florida State

For much of the past half century, former professors Charles and Persis Rockwood have worked in perfect harmony on a shared goal to elevate Florida State University through their teaching and financial gifts. Their latest donation to FSU will be music to the ears of future students, faculty and music lovers everywhere. The Rockwoods are […]

FSU College of Music summit features world-class flutists

Florida State University’s College of Music will present a special series of concerts, music workshops and lectures featuring an international lineup of musicians this week. From Friday through Sunday, the college is teaming up with the Flute Association at Florida State University and the Florida State University Flute Studio to bring together six multitalented musicians […]

FSU College of Music welcomes eminent scholar

World-renowned classical guitarist David Russell brings his musical genius to Florida State University this week. Russell starts his Housewright Eminent Scholar Residency at the College of Music on Tuesday, Feb. 26, and continues educational instruction through Friday, March 1. Russell, who performs at prestigious venues worldwide, will lead two master classes in Longmire Recital Hall […]

Biennial Festival of New Music underway at FSU College of Music

The 19th Biennial Festival of New Music is underway at Florida State University’s College of Music and will continue through Feb. 2. The festival includes masterclasses and presentations by guest artists, plus seven different concerts featuring acoustic and electroacoustic compositions for both small and large ensembles. Except for the Saturday evening closing concert, all events […]

FSU alum makes ‘thrilling debut’ at world-renowned opera house

Florida State University alumnus Alexander Birch Elliott will not forget a chaotic, but thrilling, evening last month when he was unexpectedly thrust into the bright spotlight of the nation’s premier opera house. Elliott, a talented baritone who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from FSU, had been hired as the understudy for a lead […]

‘Silent Night’ still making a joyful noise on 200th birthday

“Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright…” The words of “Silent Night,” written by a young Catholic priest in war-ravaged Austria in 1816, and their accompanying melody composed two years later by a schoolteacher, have resonated with people across cultures worldwide ever since they were first sung on Christmas Eve in a […]

FSU to feature renowned pianist in free concerts and classes

An internationally renowned pianist will perform recitals and teach classes at Florida State University. Richard Goode, a Housewright Eminent Scholar, will lead three events at the College of Music. He has performed with prominent orchestras in recital venues throughout the world and earned critical acclaim for his interpretations of classical- and romantic-era compositions. Goode’s catalogue […]