FSU College of Music

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 […]

FSU music professor earns prestigious research fellowship

Florida State University Music Professor Iain Quinn has received a prestigious fellowship to study and bring new life to the musical archive of Rudolph Ganz, an influential and celebrated 20th-century composer, conductor, pianist and music educator. The fellowship comes from the Newberry, a historic research library in Chicago and the repository for Ganz’s extensive collection […]

Demi Nicks

Florida State University graduate student Demi Nicks has built her college career around her love of music. As a teaching assistant in the College of Music, she hopes to spread that passion to her students. “Music as an art has an infinite amount of possibilities,” Nicks said. “With or without spoken language, music can evoke […]

FSU Symphony Orchestra closes season with world premiere

The final orchestral concert of the Florida State University College of Music’s 2016-2017 concert season will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The concert promises to be a spectacular musical event highlighting the quality of the college’s orchestral and composition programs and celebrating the contributions of several of […]

28 songs in 28 days: An FSU music student’s composition quest

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University College of Music student Jose Hernandez is one very motivated guy. Hernandez has made it his mission to compose one piece of music every day in February. That’s a daunting goal in itself, but he’s also tackling this challenging list every day: Line up ensembles to perform his music […]