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

Schwob Violin Student to Perform in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall

Eric Tsai, an incoming freshman in Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, has taken first place in the 2014 New York International Artists Violin Competition, Category B (15 – 17 years old), making it possible for him to perform this summer at Weill Recital Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. A student of Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Violin, Tsai will perform in concert on Saturday, June 7 and Saturday, June 28. He’s also the recent winner of the senior string division of the Music Teachers National Association competition and the 2014 Alabama Symphony Volunteer Council’s Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition. In 2013, he won the 2013 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Summerflute offers Feldenkrais, Body Mapping, and the Alexander Technique June 29-July 3

The nationally-known Summerflute program returns to the Schwob School of Music on June 29, 2014. In a creative and supportive atmosphere, flutists have an unprecedented opportunity to learn through the combination of the Body Mapping course, What Every Flutist Needs to Know About the Body, master classes with artist teachers, and private lessons with teachers trained to observe body use.The Body Mapping course allows flutists the opportunity to learn how to organize their bodies freely around a musical intention. Through lectures, discussion and active participation, students learn that the quality of movement affects the quality of the musicianship.

Trombone Ensemble to Perform in Hong Kong

The CSU Trombone Ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Palmer, will travel to Hong Kong in July as invited performers at the SliderAsia Trombone Festival. SliderAsia, founded four years ago by Denson Paul Pollard of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Juilliard School faculty, runs from July 7-13 at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and includes classes, workshops, clinics and performances.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Introducing the 2014 Fort Visiting Scholar in European Studies

Next semester, the Schwob School of Music will be very privileged to have guitarist Paul Galbraith on campus as the 2014 Fort Visiting Scholar in European Studies.  Below is a video of Mr. Galbraith performing a Bach Choral Prelude on his very unusual guitar. We are very excited to have him at Columbus State next semester!

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