Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schwob alumni appointed to SIU faculty

Jessica Ducharme Butler and husband Chris Butler have been appointed to the Music faculty of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.  A 2009 graduate in trombone performance from CSU, Jessica completed Master's and Doctoral Work at the University of Iowa. Chris Butler graduated in percussion from CSU in 2010, continuing with graduate work at University of Illinois and University of Kentucky. Congratulations, Professors Butler!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dr. Brad Olesen named Visiting Professor of Music Education

Dr. Bradley Olesen has been appointed Visiting Professor of Music Education for the 2014-15 academic year. Currently Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at West Chester University, he has taught also at LSU and previously taught high school choirs for nine years in Texas and Ohio. He holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Miami and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech. In Philadelphia he served also as director of the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus Youth Chorale.

Olesen says, "My greatest passion is in the development of future educators and life-long lovers of music. I am committed to the growth and fostering of the future educator and the cultivation of their craft in a safe yet dynamic and academically inquisitive environment."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Guitarist Wins MusicFest Northwest Young Artist Competition

Katie Holmes, sophomore student of Dr. Andrew Zohn, won Spokane Washington's 2014 MusicFest Northwest Young Artist Competition in Classical guitar. The Young Artist Winners' concert with the Spokane Symphony was aired by Spokane Public Radio ( on Monday, June 2.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Honors Clarinet Graduate Wins Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Ford Fourqurean, 2014 graduate in Clarinet Performance, has been selected in a national competition to receive the $15,000 Marcus L. Urann FellowshipAs the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes excellence in all academic disciplines. The Urann Fellowship is awarded to only six entering graduate students nominated from all academic disciplines by one of its 300-plus campus chapters across the United States, Puerto Rico. and the Philippines, We are extremely proud for the CSU Honors Program and the Schwob School of Music to have a winner!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Students Embark on Blues Pilgrimage

From May 13-19 Dr. Matthew McCabe and members of the Popular Music Ensemble traveled to Mississippi accompanied by producers from CSU TV. Having studied the blues this school year, they were presented with an opportunity to work with the Music Maker Relief Foundation; a charity in North Carolina that assists aging Blues and American Roots musicians afflicted by poverty and various hardships of life. Though the group plans to visit Georgia based artists in the coming weeks, the chance to visit  Mississippi, where the blues was born, was an incredible opportunity to study this music at its source as well as lend a hand to musicians in need. They spent four days in Prairie Point, MS, which is home to a distinct blues style best embodied in the music of Willie King. King is noted not just for his music, but for his political and social activism and involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

The artist they visited, Willie James, was King's drummer for 36 years but lost his livelihood when King passed away in 2009. Dr. McCabe and students Clara Vargas, Antonio Allen, Jordan Taylor, Avonne Waddell, Daniel Quigley, and Jordan Walsh conducted extensive interviews with Mr. James, documenting his performing career, his philosophies, lifestyle, technique, and the history of the blues in the region. They also brought instruments and staged two impromptu concerts for members of the rural community surrounding Willie’s house. Their hope is to create audio and video materials that the Music Maker Relief Foundation can use to help Willie and his family maintain their health and improve living conditions.

The Popular Music Ensemble and the Schwob School of Music wishes to extend their thanks to all of the supporters and donors who contributed to this project.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Keith Matthews joins Music Education faculty

Dr. Keith Matthews has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Schwob School of Music, effective Fall, 2014. Formerly the band director at West Forsyth High School, with previous appointments in Gwinnett and Cherokee County Schools, Dr. Matthews comes to Columbus State from Florida State University, where he has completed the Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in Instrumental Conducting. A performer on trumpet with experience teaching symphonic, marching, and jazz  bands, Dr. Matthews plans to assist in the development of a summer band camp at CSU. At FSU, he taught several music education classes and was coordinator of the 2013 Prism Concert and the FSU Summer Music Camps. Welcome Dr. Matthews!

Friday, May 16, 2014

CSU Wind Ensemble Invited to Perform in CBDNA National Venue

The CSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jamie Nix, has been chosen in a highly selective process to perform at the 2015 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Only seven groups were chosen for this honor.  They include the wind ensembles of Florida State University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, and the University of Illinois. This prestigious venue is the top performance opportunity in the wind band world. The concert performance is Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (the incredible home of the Nashville Symphony) in Nashville, TN. For more information about the conference, please visit

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