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Jazz Professors to bring “cool” to UCF

October 15, 2018
By Tanesha Bridenback “Swingin’. Cookin’. Ground Breaking.” Three words that Jeff Rupert, director of jazz studies, uses to describe Miles Davis’ album “The Birth of the Cool.” Originally produced in 1949, the album features a nine-piece band, that includes traditionally classical instruments like the French horn and tuba. However, what makes this piece truly “groundbreaking”…

UCF Professor Celebrates Fashion Icon Harriett Lake in New Book

September 25, 2018
Although Harriett Lake couldn’t explain her devotion to clothes, something led the Orlando fashion icon and philanthropist to spend her life collecting the most unique and eye-catching outfits and accessories. A new book titled “Too Much is Not Enough: The History in Harriett’s Closet” by Kristina Tollefson, a costume designer and associate professor of theatre…

Listen: Laszlo Marosi Conducts the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra

September 18, 2018
Conducting professor Laszlo Marosi visited Mexico this past April as a guest conductor to the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra. Click below to listen to Marosi conduct Béla Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” Click here to learn more about Laszlo Marosi.

UCF welcomes Yoon Joo Hwang as new bassoon professor

May 23, 2018
The School of Performing Arts is proud to welcome to the faculty Dr. Yoon Joo Hwang, Assistant Professor of Bassoon. Recently, Dr. Hwang held teaching positions at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy in California. In addition, she has taught several courses at the University of…

UCF flute faculty member Nora Lee García recitalist at Carnegie Hall

May 8, 2018
On April 28, 2018, UCF flute faculty member Dr. Nora Lee García played at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York. The concert, called “All that Jazz,” culminates the 5th Season of the InterHarmony Concert Series at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Garcia played music from Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos the Jet Whistle for flute and…

UCF welcomes David Bjella as new Cello Professor

March 20, 2018
The Music Department is thrilled to announce that David Bjella will be joining the faculty as Professor of Cello this fall. Bjella was previously Professor of Cello at Stetson University for more than 20 years. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cellist David Bjella has an extensive, multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral…

Piano students, faculty in Luxembourg for International Festival

December 18, 2017
On August 7-21, UCF piano professor Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu and two piano students Daria Park and Danielle Buckles attended the Vianden International Music Festival and Summer School in Vianden, Luxembourg.  The festival is a two-week intensive summer music performance program for international young talented musicians, guest artists, and distinguished faculty from U.S.A., Canada, China, South…

November events from the School of Performing Arts

November 2, 2017
With holidays and the end of the semester around the corner, make sure you mark your calendar now for these incredible Theatre UCF and Music events! Tickets, if required, can be obtained online, by calling (407) 823-1500, or by visiting the UCF School of Performing Arts Box Office (Monday-Friday from noon-5:00 p.m. at the PAC-M,…

UCF Alumnus partners with Theatre UCF to bring play about Sandy Hook to Orlando

September 26, 2017
On Oct. 5 – Oct. 8, the University of Central Florida will bring 26 Pebbles – a play written by BFA musical theatre alumnus Eric Ulloa ’04 – to the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Ulloa’s 26 Pebbles was created as a response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. As a socially active individual, Ulloa felt…