Music grad to return home for free concert

A Dunlow, West Virginia, native, Marshall graduate, and in-demand soprano, Marlayna Maynard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Johnson Memorial Methodist Church with School of Music faculty members Dr. Henning Vauth, piano; Dr. Stephen Lawson, horn; and Alexander Lee, tenor. Continue reading…


Marshall Chamber Choir concert set for Sunday

Following a performance in New York City that garnered a standing ovation, Marshall University’s Chamber Choir has returned home to present the same program at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, in Smith Recital Hall on the Huntington campus. Continue reading…


‘Body Mapping’ to be topic of free, two-day artists’ workshop

David Nesmith will visit Marshall University as a Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor in the Arts for a two-day residency on “Body Mapping: What Every Artist Needs to Know About the Body.”

Two sessions, which are free and open to the public, will take place in the Jomie Jazz Center, Room 210, on Friday, March 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Continue reading…


Marshall Orchestra to present diversity-themed family concert

The Marshall University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, will present its annual Family Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in Marshall’s Smith Recital Hall.

The Family Concert features the winner of the Young People’s Concert Competition, sponsored by the Huntington Women’s Club. Continue reading…


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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