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Story of a… Drum Major

November 5, 2018
She started leading at Boone High School. Spielman served two years as a drum major at Boone, where her sister was also a drum major, before attending her musical family’s alma mater. “I had always wanted to come to UCF.”   The word “quit” isn’t in her dictionary. “I’ve auditioned for drum major every year I’ve been here. After each…

Knights Saxophone Quartet win first place at Florida MTNA Chamber Winds

October 31, 2018
Congratulations to the Knights Saxophone Quartet for their 1st place finish in this weekend’s Florida MTNA Chamber Winds Competition. They advance to the southeast regional round where they will compete with other winners from Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.   The MTNA National Student Competitions are the most successful and…

Opera UCF students praised by Denyce Graves

June 15, 2018
Five opera students had the opportunity to participate in a private master class with Denyce Graves in front of a small audience at Snap! Space on June 10. “The morning consisted of a Q&A with [opera star Denyce] Graves, followed by arias from five of the students with the Washington native giving notes on their…

How a Song Provided Comfort after Hurricane Maria

May 3, 2018
Arleen Ramirez doesn’t think the word “busy” applies to her. But just try to keep up. Ramirez is a family-first wife and mother of four, ranging in age from 3 to 19. She is a studio artist at Opera Orlando, mentors aspiring musical artists on Skype, and writes and performs her own music — including…

'Bernarda Alba' Actress Combines Love for Arts, Humanities at UCF

March 23, 2018
Innovative and interdisciplinary, Ibis Enid Rodríguez makes the most of her UCF experience as both a theatre and modern languages and literatures student. UCF student Ibis Enid Rodríguez has prepared for her roles in last fall’s Seminole State production of The House of Bernarda Alba and in the upcoming Theatre UCF musical adaptation Bernarda Alba for more than 30…

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…

Race and stereotypes explored in Theatre UCF’s An Octoroon

November 6, 2017
  Theatre UCF presents a timeless tale of race as a social construct and the love that exists if looked past it. An Octoroon will be held in the Black Box starting on Thursday, November 9 and runs through Sunday, November 19. An Octoroon follows the story of George, the heir apparent to his uncle’s…

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 Flying Horse Big Band's Record Climbing the Charts

June 14, 2017
The Flying Horse Big Band is garnering a bit of national attention for its most recent album, Big Man on Campus, which at the time of this writing is #6 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 and #45 on the JazzWeek Top 50.

Theatre UCF wins at Kennedy Center regional competition

February 24, 2017
Theatre UCF students gathered a number of awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Georgia Southern University. BFA Design and Technology student Jack Audet won the Regional National Sound Design Award and will be head to the national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April. BA Theatre Studies…