Eighth Annual Festival of New Music brings new works, guest performers

The Marshall University School of Music once again will bring new musical works to the Tri-State during the Eighth Annual Festival of New Music March 2-3.

This year’s festival will feature works of internationally recognized composers and a host of guest performers, including cellist Craig Hultgren and oboist Dr. Richard Kravchak. It also will feature performances by Marshall students and faculty, including Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. Johan Botes. Continue reading…


Music Mondays series to continue Feb. 20

The School of Music will present the second lecture of the spring “MUsic Mondays” series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave., Huntington.

The spring series, titled “Music and Communication, ” investigates various ways in which music communicates from the listener’s and the composer’s viewpoint. Continue reading…


Music scholarship competition to be held Sunday

Marshall University’s School of Music will hold its annual competition for the Belle Jackson and Lynum Jackson Memorial Award and the Paul A. Balshaw Award at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, in Smith Recital Hall on the university’s Huntington campus. Continue reading…


‘MUsic Mondays’ resume for spring semester Jan. 23

The Marshall University School of Music will present the first lecture of the spring MUsic Mondays series Monday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave., Huntington. The spring series, titled “Music and Communication,” investigates various ways in which music communicates from the listener’s and the composer’s viewpoint.

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Marshall to be home of Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, Festival

Beginning in 2018, Marshall will be home to the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition. The new triennial event was announced by President Jerome Gilbert Jan. 6 at The Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans.

In addition to the international competition every three years, Marshall’s College of Arts and Media and jazz studies program will host the Ellis Marsalis Summer Jazz Festival annually following the Jazz-MU-Tazz Summer Jazz Camp. In 2018, the 20th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz camp and succeeding festival will be followed by the inaugural Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition.

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Choral Union rehearsals underway; not too late to join for the semester

Although Marshall University Choral Union’s semester of rehearsals began Monday, new members are still welcome to join, according to director Deborah Bradley. She was formerly a choral director for Fairland and Huntington high schools.

Rehearsals are each Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall.

“The repertoire for this semester will include a variety of choral music masterworks, both sacred and secular,” Bradley said. “Lincoln Brass, a local brass quintet, will share the concert and provide accompaniment on some of the choral pieces.”

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In Memoriam: Larry W. Stickler

Dr. Larry W. Sticker, a member of the Marshall faculty for 28 years, died Dec. 23. A service to celebrate his life took place at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane, West Virginia, Dec. 31.

Stickler, a bass-baritone, taught voice and music education at Marshall and served for seven years as chair of the Faculty Senate. Continue reading…


Final fall Music Mondays to study Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’

The School of Music will host the final MUsic Mondays lecture of the fall series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave., Huntington. The fall series, titled “Music and Ways of Telling,” investigates how the composers convey meaning to listeners.

The lecture, “Tapping into England’s Past: Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’” will explore composer Benjamin Britten’s use of texts from medieval England to create a work that would speak to wartime Britain.

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Four large ensembles to join for Marshall holiday concert Sunday

For the first time, four of Marshall University’s large instrumental and choral ensembles will join at the university’s Smith Recital Hall for a performance of seasonal favorites at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

The wide-ranging holiday concert will feature Marshall’s orchestra, as well as the choral union, university chorus and chamber choir. The ensembles will perform individually and together with music by Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Rutter and others.

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