VCU Music: Out Loud

Featured profiles of the students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who make up VCU Music. Sign up for our mailing list to get the latest department news and information on upcoming events from VCU Music.

Dr. Terry Austin Named as Honorary Faculty Member for 2016-17 at Guang Dong University

In the summer of 2015, Dr. Terry Austin was invited to come to the Guang Dong University of Technology to serve as a guest conductor on campus. VCU Music faculty member Rex Richardson had previously played at the university, and had maintained a relationship with the band director, Ming Hui Liao. Western-style band music is still very new in China, and Liao knew he wanted his students to have the opportunity to work on their technique. He contacted Austin and asked him to come over and work with his students.

“I was there for a week, and I was stunned at the passion these students had for band music,” Austin noted. Read more »



Dr. Zheng led another successful Global Summer Institute of Music the first week in August at VCU. A group of more than 70 musicians, students and parents from around the globe spent an enriching week at VCU presenting  concerts and being immersed in a variety of both artistically and culturally inspiring events such as lectures, masterclasses, workshops, English conversations, and excursions to the VMFA and the nation’s Capitol.


Horn student Gloria Ramirez played an outstanding mock audition with members of the USMC President’s Own Band horn section in May. The reviewing committee remarked at Gloria’s positive energy and level of preparation.

Richmond Music Teachers Association (RMTA) awarded Jordyn Burton an RMTA Collegiate scholarship in recognition of her strong work.

Supported by a Department of Music Student Research Grant, Emory Freeman attended the Buffet Clarinet Academy this past summer and writes about his experience at his blog.

Trevor White was profiled in the VCU News story “Rising Freshman Finds His Voice Through Vocal Arts Project.”


Stephanie Barrett is attending the Lynn Conservatory to pursue graduate work with David Cole.

Jack Flores received a full tuition + stipend Graduate Assistantship at Florida State University to pursue his graduate work with Greg Sauer.

Lanjiabao Ge accepted a full teaching assistantship and living stipend to attend the University of Miami Frost School of Music for fall 2016.

Malcolm Jones is attending San Jose State with a scholarship and a waiver of out-of-state tuition. He is studying vocal performance and choral conducting.

Hannah Standiford’s project, “Shadow Ballads,” was performed at the University of Richmond, and was profiled in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Eric Jacobs is tenured in the Seattle Symphony, and performed a series of concerts to bring music to those behind bars.

Rustin “Cetch” Waters has accepted the position of Band Director at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach.

Anna Bishop is beginning her second season as a violinist with the Richmond Symphony.

Aaron Jones is attending graduate school at Arizona State University.

VCU Jazz Alumni in Turkey

Alumnus/Prof. Taylor Barnett starts the summer off with a ten-day performance tour of Turkey sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, joining American and Turkish musicians in performances of traditional Turkish folk melodies, arranged to incorporate elements of American jazz improvisation. VCU Jazz Drum alumnus Emre Kartari wrote the grant that funded the trip. Sax alumnus Kevin Simpson was also a member of the ensemble.

VCU Music pilots Lullaby Project with Carnegie Hall

Through a partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, VCU musicians, are working with researchers and health care providers from across the university on an intervention for new or expectant mothers facing the hardships of parenting in challenging settings such as correctional facilities, group homes for teenagers and hospitals. Such settings often hinder mothers from bonding with their newborns. The Lullaby Project aims to increase the mother-child bond through language that is universal: music.

Read the full article by Leila Ugincius at VCU News…

It’s All in the Game

Doug Richards’ CD documenting his Great American Music Ensemble is released March 4. Says JazzTimes online in February: “The album – which delivers 15 cuts! – is a musical marvel in every regard…. In the shrewdest of ways, Richards shows he knows the fine line between creative experimentation and jejune jive (of which there’s none). The ensemble is admirably and swingingly up to the task. They cover the challenging material with flair and precision.” Almost every regular member of The Great American Music Ensemble on this disc has ties to VCU Jazz as an alumnus or former or current faculty member.

Read VCU News article by Leila Ugincius

Professor uses sports method in the studio

One thing that most highly successful athletes have in common: They watch themselves over and over again — and then just once more — to figure out why they aren’t performing the way they want…By incorporating the time-honored athletic ritual of “watching film,” violin professor Susanna Klein has students analyze video recordings of themselves performing as part of a more effective, real-world, student-centered learning model. The model has been adopted using the School of the Arts state-of-the-art motion capture lab at The Depot and supported by a grant from ALT Lab.

Read the full story by Blake Birdwell at VCU News…

Rennolds Series: Laredo-Robinson Duo (March 17)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series

We are disappointed that we must announce the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will not be performing as scheduled for the Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series on Saturday, March 17. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein has injured his arm and is unable to perform. VCU Music sends him our warmest wishes for a swift recovery!

The storybook romance of the Bolivian-born violinist Jaime Laredo and American cellist Sharon Robinson has, for nearly 40 years, been expressed in every facet of their lives. Joyous and sophisticated music making, both separately and together, has earned them many devoted fans the world over. The Minneapolis Tribune has referred to The Laredo-Robinson Duo as “the foremost husband-wife team in concert music.”

$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
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Free for VCU Music students and VCU Music faculty – E-mail musictix@vcu.edu to reserve


Handel-Halvorsen – Passacaglia
Richard Danielpour- Inventions on a Marriage
Erwin Schulhoff – Duo
W. A. Mozart – Duo in G Major, K. 423
Zoltán Kodály – Duo, Opus 7

Advanced Chamber Music Recital (March 20)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Recital Hall
James W. Black Music Center

This concert features students from the Advanced Chamber Music class directed by Dr. Magdalena Adamek. The program will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frank Anton Hoffmeister, Robert Schumann, Eric Ewazen, Valerie Coleman and Malcolm Arnold.

Free Admission